1. a salt deposit that animals regularly lick;
[syn: salt lick, lick]
2. touching with the tongue;
- Example: "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
[syn: lick, lap]
3. (boxing) a blow with the fist;
- Example: "I gave him a clout on his nose"
[syn: punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug]
1. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight;
- Example: "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
[syn: cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick]
2. pass the tongue over;
- Example: "the dog licked her hand"
[syn: lick, lap]
3. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;
- Example: "did you solve the problem?"
- Example: "Work out your problems with the boss"
- Example: "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"
- Example: "did you get it?"
- Example: "Did you get my meaning?"
- Example: "He could not work the math problem"
[syn: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work]
4. take up with the tongue;
- Example: "The cat lapped up the milk"
- Example: "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
[syn: lap, lap up, lick]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lick \Lick\, v. t. [Cf. OSw. l[aum]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 v.0.48:
Lick \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. Lecher, Relish.] 1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To lick the dust, to be slain; to fall in battle. "His enemies shall lick the dust." --Ps. lxxii. 9. To lick into shape, to give proper form to; -- from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras. To lick the spittle of, to fawn upon. --South. To lick up, to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lick \Lick\, n. A slap; a quick stroke. [Colloq.] "A lick across the face." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 on colors with a lick of the brush. Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] A lick of court whitewash. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 3. A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but not always, near salt springs. Called also salt lick. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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