When something is ticking, it's alive and constantly moving. You can hear it ticking if you hold it in your hand and let it go.

  • The clock is ticking, and it's going to be time to wake up soon.

  • The clock is ticking, and it's going to be time to go to bed soon.

Definition of ticking


a metallic tapping sound




a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers

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Example Sentences for ticking

  • 1

    A tick infestation is a condition where a tick acts as an ectoparasite.

  • 2

    In the meantime, the clock ticks.

  • 3

    The incidence of tick paralysis is unknown.

  • 4

    It is caused by the tick borne encephalitis virus.

  • 5

    But lipstick sales have actually ticked down.

  • 6

    Ticks in the area are frequent carriers of viral encephalitis.

  • 7

    The cause is a neurotoxin in the saliva of certain species of adult ticks.

  • 8

    The coat also acts as a natural repellent to fleas and ticks.

  • 9

    The illness is caused by a neurotoxin produced in the tick's salivary gland.

  • 10

    As the plank is prepared, Hook hears the tick tock of the crocodile and panics.