pricking


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prick

 (prĭk)
n.
1.
a. The act of piercing or pricking.
b. The sensation of being pierced or pricked.
2.
a. A persistent or sharply painful feeling of sorrow or remorse.
b. A small, sharp, local pain, such as that made by a needle or bee sting.
3. A small mark or puncture made by a pointed object.
4. A pointed object, such as an ice pick, goad, or thorn.
5. Chiefly British A hare's track or footprint.
6. Vulgar Slang A penis.
7. Vulgar Slang A person considered to be mean or contemptible, especially a man.
v. pricked, prick·ing, pricks
v.tr.
1.
a. To puncture lightly.
b. To make (a hole) by puncturing something.
2. To spur (a horse).
3. To affect with a mental or emotional pang, as of sorrow or remorse: criticism that pricked his conscience.
4. To impel as if with a spur; stimulate or provoke.
5. To mark or delineate on a surface by means of small punctures: prick a pattern on a board.
6. To pierce the quick of (a horse's hoof) while shoeing.
7. To transplant (seedlings, for example) before final planting.
8. To cause to stand erect or point upward: The dogs pricked their ears.
v.intr.
1. To pierce or puncture something or cause a pricking feeling.
2. To feel a pang or twinge from being pricked.
3.
a. To spur a horse on.
b. To ride at a gallop.
4. To stand erect; point upward: The dog's ears pricked at the noise.
Phrasal Verb:
prick off Nautical
To measure with dividers on a chart.
Idiom:
prick up (one's) ears
To listen with attentive interest.

[Middle English, from Old English prica, puncture.]

pricking

(ˈprɪkɪŋ)
n
the act or an instance of feeling a sharp emotion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pricking - the act of puncturing with a small pointpricking - the act of puncturing with a small point; "he gave the balloon a small prick"
puncture - the act of puncturing or perforating
Translations

pricking

n (= sensation)Stechen nt

pricking

[ˈprɪkɪŋ] n (feeling) → prurito, pizzicore m
to feel prickings of conscience → avere dei rimorsi di coscienza
References in classic literature ?
It used to be pricking bits of rubber to make balls.
But when she was there beside the sea, absolutely alone, she cast the unpleasant, pricking garments from her, and for the first time in her life she stood naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon her, and the waves that invited her.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
But not a bit daunted, Queequeg steered us manfully; now sheering off from this monster directly across our route in advance; now edging away from that, whose colossal flukes were suspended overhead, while all the time, Starbuck stood up in the bows, lance in hand, pricking out of our way whatever whales he could reach by short darts, for there was no time to make long ones.
The heralds left their pricking up and down, Now ringen trumpets loud and clarion.
He then caused all the duennas of the palace, those that are here present, to be brought before him; and after having dwelt upon the enormity of our offence, and denounced duennas, their characters, their evil ways and worse intrigues, laying to the charge of all what I alone was guilty of, he said he would not visit us with capital punishment, but with others of a slow nature which would be in effect civil death for ever; and the very instant he ceased speaking we all felt the pores of our faces opening, and pricking us, as if with the points of needles.
said the gossipy tinker, pricking up his ear; "I am a tinker by trade, Middle by name, and come from over against Banbury.
He then stopped as though waiting for my reply, pricking up his antennae-like ears and cocking his strange-looking eyes still further toward me.
It was about eleven o'clock when Ned Land drew my attention to a formidable pricking, like the sting of an ant, which was produced by means of large seaweeds.
D'Artagnan took the soldier's arquebus, made him go on before him, and urged him toward his companion by pricking him behind with his sword.
It was sure to be brought plain by one of those arrows which cloud the air and are constantly pricking, dis- covering, proclaiming those things which are willed to be forever hidden.
And truly our yellow friend, the cat, lay upon the hearth-rug, basking in the warmth of the fire, pricking up her ears, and turning her head from the children to Grandfather, and from Grandfather to the children as if she felt herself very sympathetic with them all.