Prick
Prick Prick, n. [AS. prica, pricca, pricu; akin to LG. prick, pricke, D. prik, Dan. prik, prikke, Sw. prick. Cf. {Prick}, v.] 1. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer. [1913 Webster]

Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. --Acts ix. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of pricking, or the sensation of being pricked; a sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse. ``The pricks of conscience.'' --A. Tucker. [1913 Webster]

3. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point. Hence: (a) A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour. [Obs.] ``The prick of noon.'' --Shak. (b) The point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin. ``They that shooten nearest the prick.'' --Spenser. (c) A mark denoting degree; degree; pitch. [Obs.] ``To prick of highest praise forth to advance.'' --Spenser. (d) A mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English translations of Euclid. (e) The footprint of a hare. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) A small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco. [1913 Webster]


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  • Prick — Prick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pricked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pricking}.] [AS. prician; akin to LG. pricken, D. prikken, Dan. prikke, Sw. pricka. See {Prick}, n., and cf. {Prink}, {Prig}.] 1. To pierce slightly with a sharp pointed instrument or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prick — can refer to: * Prick (album), an album by the rock band The Melvins * A band or a self titled album by an industrial rock project led by Kevin McMahon (musician) * Prick , a single by the Australian band Something for Kate * Prick can be a slang …   Wikipedia

  • prick — (n.) O.E. prica (n.) point, puncture, particle; prician (v.) to prick, from W.Gmc. *prikojanan (Cf. Low Ger. pricken, Du. prikken to prick ); Dan. prikke to mark with dots, Swed. pricka to point, prick, mark with dots are probably from Low German …   Etymology dictionary

  • prick — [prik] n. [ME prike < OE prica, point, dot, akin to Du prik, MHG pfrecken] 1. a very small puncture or, formerly, dot, made by a sharp point 2. Archaic any of various pointed objects, as a thorn, goad, etc. 3. PRICKING 4. a sharp pain caused… …   English World dictionary

  • Prick — (englisch wörtlich „Stachel“, meist übertragen vulgär „Penis“) ist eine Rock Band von Kevin McMahon, der auch ein anderes musikalisches Projekt mit dem Namen Lucky Pierre führt. Das selbstbetitelte Debüt Prick aus dem Jahr 1995 wurde von Trent… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Prick — Album par Melvins Sortie Le 5 août 1994 Enregistrement Avril 1994 Durée 41 59 Genre Rock indépendant Metal Punk rock …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prick — ► VERB 1) press briefly or puncture with a sharp point. 2) feel a sensation as though a sharp point were sticking into one. 3) (often prick up) (chiefly of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when alert. 4) (prick out) plant (seedlings)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Prick — Prick, v. i. 1. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a sore finger pricks. [1913 Webster] 2. To spur onward; to ride on horseback. Milton. [1913 Webster] A gentle knight was pricking on the plain. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prick — [n] small hole made by stab cut, gash, jab, jag, perforation, pinhole, prickle, puncture, stab, wound; concept 309 prick [v] stab, perforate bore, cut, drill, enter, hurt, jab, lance, pierce, pink, punch, puncture, slash, slit, smart, spur,… …   New thesaurus

  • prick — index enter (penetrate), lancinate, penetrate, pierce (lance), provocation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

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