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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the act of puncturing with a small point;
- Example: "he gave the balloon a small prick"
[syn: prick, pricking]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one with a pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes in paper. [1913 Webster] 2. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as, to prick a knife into a board. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron. --Sandys. [1913 Webster] 3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off. [1913 Webster] Some who are pricked for sheriffs. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Those many, then, shall die: their names are pricked. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To mark the outline of by puncturing; to trace or form by pricking; to mark by punctured dots; as, to prick a pattern for embroidery; to prick the notes of a musical composition. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite; to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off. [1913 Webster] Who pricketh his blind horse over the fallows. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The season pricketh every gentle heart. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] My duty pricks me on to utter that. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse. "I was pricked with some reproof." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart. --Acts ii. 37. [1913 Webster] 7. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; -- hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have the attention and interest strongly engaged. "The courser . . . pricks up his ears." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 8. To render acid or pungent. [Obs.] --Hudibras. [1913 Webster] 9. To dress; to prink; -- usually with up. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut) (a) To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail. (b) To trace on a chart, as a ship's course. [1913 Webster] 11. (Far.) (a) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness. (b) To nick. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pricking n 1: the act of puncturing with a small point; "he gave the balloon a small prick" [syn: prick, pricking]