I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English liccian; akin to Old High German leckōn to lick, Latin lingere, Greek leichein Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. (1) to draw the tongue over <
lick a stamp
(2) to flicker over like a tongue b. to take into the mouth with the tongue ; lap 2. a. to strike repeatedly ; thrash b. to get the better of ; overcome, defeat <
has licked every problem
intransitive verb 1. to lap with or as if with the tongue 2. to dart like a tongue <
flames licking out of windows
II. noun Date: 1603 1. a. an act or instance of licking b. a small amount ; bit <
couldn't swim a lick
c. a hasty careless effort 2. a. a sharp hit ; blow b. a directed effort ; crack — usually used in plural; usually used in the phrase get in one's licks 3. a. a natural salt deposit (as a salt spring) that animals lick b. a block of often medicated saline preparation given to livestock to lick 4. a musical figure; specifically an interpolated and usually improvised figure or flourish 5. a critical thrust ; dig, barb

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  • lick — [lik] vt. [ME licken < OE liccian, akin to Ger lecken < IE base * leig̑h , to lick > Gr leichein, L ligurrire, to lick, lingere, to lick up] 1. to pass the tongue over [to lick one s lips] 2. to bring into a certain condition by passing… …   English World dictionary

  • Lick — Lick, n. [See {Lick}, v.] 1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. A lick at the honey pot. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lick — ► VERB 1) pass the tongue over (something), typically in order to taste, moisten, or clean it. 2) move lightly and quickly like a tongue. 3) informal defeat comprehensively. ► NOUN 1) an act of licking. 2) informal a small amount or quick… …   English terms dictionary

  • Lick — (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei chein, Skr. lih, rih. [root]121. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lick — [n] light touch; little amount bit, brush, cast, dab, dash, hint, sample, smack, speck, stroke, suggestion, taste, tinge, trace, whiff; concepts 612,831 lick [v1] touch with tongue brush, calm, caress, fondle, glance, gloss, graze, lap, lap… …   New thesaurus

  • Lick — Lick, n. A slap; a quick stroke. [Colloq.] A lick across the face. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lick — Lick, v. t. [Cf. OSw. l[ a]gga to place, strike, prick.] To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter. [Colloq. or Low] Carlyle. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lick —   [englisch/amerikanisch, lɪk], kurzer, meist improvisierter melodischer Einwurf, der Ruhepunkte bzw. Lücken im Melodieverlauf überbrückt, z. B. Keyboardeinwürfe zu einer Gesangsmelodie. Der Lick als melodische Erscheinung bildet somit einen… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Lick — Lick, Städtischer Bezirk in der Grafschaft Jackson des Staates Ohio (Nordamerika); 1600 Ew …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Lick — Lick, James, der Gründer der nach ihm benannten Sternwarte auf dem Mount Hamilton (1283 m) in Kalifornien, geb. 1796 zu Fredericksburg in Pennsylvanien, gest. 1. Okt. 1876 in San Francisco, betrieb Kunsttischlerei, Pianoforte und Orgelbau in… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Lick — On rencontre le nom dans l Oise, mais surtout en Belgique. C est l hypocoristique d un nom de personne d origine germanique, Lidiko (dérivé de leod = peuple). Formes avec génitif de filiation : Licks, Lickens …   Noms de famille

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