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,
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
2. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as,
to prick a knife into a board. --Sir I. Newton.
The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron.
3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking;
to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off.
Some who are pricked for sheriffs. --Bacon.
Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off.
Those many, then, shall die: their names are
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
5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite;
to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off.
Who pricketh his blind horse over the fallows.
The season pricketh every gentle heart. --Chaucer.
My duty pricks me on to utter that. --Shak.
6. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse. "I
was pricked with some reproof." --Tennyson.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their
heart. --Acts ii. 37.
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.
8. To render acid or pungent. [Obs.] --Hudibras.
9. To dress; to prink; -- usually with up. [Obs.]
(a) To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail.
(b) To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.
(a) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause
(b) To nick.