Pricking
Pricking Prick"ing, n. 1. The act of piercing or puncturing with a sharp point. ``There is that speaketh like the prickings of a sword.'' --Prov. xii. 18 [1583]. [1913 Webster]

2. (Far.) (a) The driving of a nail into a horse's foot so as to produce lameness. (b) Same as {Nicking}. [1913 Webster]

3. A sensation of being pricked. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The mark or trace left by a hare's foot; a prick; also, the act of tracing a hare by its footmarks. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

5. Dressing one's self for show; prinking. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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