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tick 1

 (tĭk)
n.
1. A light, sharp, clicking sound made repeatedly by a machine, such as a clock.
2. Chiefly British A moment.
3. A light mark used to check off or call attention to an item.
4. Informal A unit on a scale; a degree: when interest rates move up a tick.
v. ticked, tick·ing, ticks
v.intr.
1. To emit recurring clicking sounds: as the clock ticked.
2. To function characteristically or well: machines ticking away; curious about what makes people tick.
v.tr.
1. To count or record with the sound of ticks: a clock ticking the hours; a taxi meter ticking the fare.
2. To mark or check off (a listed item) with a tick: ticked off each name on the list.
Phrasal Verb:
tick off Informal
To make angry or annoyed: Constant delays ticked me off.

[Middle English tik, light tap.]

tick 2

 (tĭk)
n.
1. Any of various small bloodsucking arachnids of the order Ixodida that are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates. Many species transmit diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
2. Any of various usually wingless insects that resemble a tick, such as a sheep ked.

[Middle English tike, tik, perhaps from Old English *ticca.]

tick 3

 (tĭk)
n.
1.
a. A cloth case for a mattress or pillow.
b. A light mattress without inner springs.
2. Ticking.

[Middle English tikke, probably from Middle Dutch tīke, ultimately from Latin thēca, receptacle, from Greek thēkē; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

tick 4

 (tĭk)
n. Chiefly British
Credit or an amount of credit.

[Short for ticket.]

ticked

(tɪkt)

adj.
Slang. angry; miffed.
References in classic literature ?
In the cabin of Alexander Paulvitch the thing within the black box ticked, ticked, ticked, with apparently unending monotony; but yet, second by second, a little arm which protruded from the periphery of one of its wheels came nearer and nearer to another little arm which projected from the hand which Paulvitch had set at a certain point upon the dial beside the clockwork.
The servant-maid had ticked the two words 'Mr Clennam' so softly that she had not been heard; and he consequently stood, within the door she had closed, unnoticed.
When I had got all my responsibilities down upon my list, I compared each with the bill, and ticked it off.