prickle

  • 1Prickle — Pric kle, v. t. To prick slightly, as with prickles, or fine, sharp points. [1913 Webster] Felt a horror over me creep, Prickle skin, and catch my breath. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2prickle — ► NOUN 1) a short spine or pointed outgrowth on the surface of a plant or on the skin of an animal. 2) a tingling or mildly painful sensation on the skin. ► VERB ▪ experience or produce a prickle. ORIGIN Old English, related to PRICK(Cf.… …

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  • 3Prickle — Pric kle, n. [AS. pricele, pricle; akin to LG. prickel, D. prikkel. See {Prick}, n.] 1. A little prick; a small, sharp point; a fine, sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal, the bark of a plant, etc.; a spine. Bacon. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4prickle — O.E. pricel thing to prick with, from the same source as O.E. prician (see PRICK (Cf. prick)) with W.Gmc. instrumental suffix * islja (Cf. M.L.G. prickel, Du. prikkel) …

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  • 5prickle — [prik′əl] n. [ME prykel < OE pricel, earlier pricels < base of prica (see PRICK) + els, instrumental suffix] 1. any sharp point; specif., a small, sharply pointed spine lacking vascular tissue and growing from the tissue under the outer… …

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  • 6prickle — prick|le1 [ˈprıkəl] n [: Old English; Origin: pricle] 1.) a long thin sharp point on the skin of some animals or the surface of some plants 2.) if you feel a prickle of fear, anger, or excitement, you feel slightly afraid, angry, or excited in a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7prickle — I UK [ˈprɪk(ə)l] / US verb Word forms prickle : present tense I/you/we/they prickle he/she/it prickles present participle prickling past tense prickled past participle prickled 1) [intransitive/transitive] to feel something sharp and… …

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  • 8Prickle — In botany, a prickle is a modified extension of the cortex and epidermis into a sharp, needle like structure. By extension, it can refer to: *Prickle cell of the skin *Prickle (protein), a planar cell polarity protein *the collective noun for a… …

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  • 9prickle — prick|le1 [ prıkl ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to feel something sharp and uncomfortable on your skin or to cause this feeling: She felt frost prickling her face. His new wool pants prickled his legs. 2. ) intransitive to experience a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10prickle — 1. noun a) A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn. b) A tingling sensation of mild discomfort. 2. verb a) To feel a prickle …

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  • 11prickle — [[t]prɪ̱k(ə)l[/t]] prickles, prickling, prickled 1) VERB If your skin prickles, it feels as if a lot of small sharp points are being stuck into it, either because of something touching it or because you feel a strong emotion. He paused, feeling… …

    English dictionary

  • 12prickle — verb Prickle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye, ↑scalp …

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  • 13prickle — noun 1》 a short spine or pointed outgrowth on the surface of a plant or on the skin of an animal. 2》 a tingling or mildly painful sensation on the skin. verb 1》 experience or produce a prickle.     ↘cause such a sensation in. 2》 react defensively …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14prickle — 1 noun (C) 1 a long thin sharp point on the skin of some plants and animals 2 a stinging feeling on your skin: prickles of perspiration 2 verb 1 (T) to give someone a stinging feeling on their skin: The bush prickled the back of his legs. 2 (I)… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15prickle — 1. noun 1) the cactus is covered with prickles Syn: thorn, needle, barb, spike, point, spine 2) Willie felt a cold prickle of fear Syn: tingle, tingling, tingling sensation, prickling sensation, chill …

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  • 16prickle — [ˈprɪk(ə)l] verb [I/T] I if your skin prickles, or if something prickles it, you feel as if something sharp is touching it II noun [C] prickle [ˈprɪk(ə)l] 1) an uncomfortable stinging feeling on your skin 2) a sharp pointed part on a plant or… …

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  • 17prickle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English prikle, from Old English pricle; akin to Old English prica prick Date: 15th century 1. a fine sharp process or projection; especially a sharp pointed emergence arising from the epidermis or bark of a plant 2. a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18prickle — a small sharp spine, modified from a scale, e.g. in Liparidae, Cottus …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 19prickle — /prik euhl/, n., v., prickled, prickling. n. 1. a sharp point. 2. a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant. 3. a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine. 4. a pricking sensation. v.t. 5. to prick… …

    Universalium

  • 20prickle — prick·le (prikґəl) 1. a small, sharp spine or point. 2. a tingling or smarting sensation …

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