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tick·ing

 (tĭk′ĭng)
n.
A strong, tightly woven fabric of cotton or linen used to make pillow and mattress coverings.

ticking

(ˈtɪkɪŋ)
n
(Textiles) a strong cotton fabric, often striped, used esp for mattress and pillow covers
[C17: from tick3]

tick•ing

(ˈtɪk ɪŋ)

n.
any of various strong, durable fabrics in plain, twill, or satin weave, constructed or printed in striped or floral patterns and used esp. to cover mattresses and pillows.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ticking - a metallic tapping soundticking - a metallic tapping sound; "he counted the ticks of the clock"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
ticktock, tictac, tocktact - steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock
2.ticking - a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Translations

ticking

[ˈtɪkɪŋ] N
1. [of clock] → tictac m
2. (= material) → cutí m, terliz m

ticking

[ˈtɪkɪŋ] ntic-tac mticking off (British) n (= telling-off) → remontage m de bretelles

ticking

n
(for mattress) → Matratzendrell m; (for pillows etc) → Inlett nt
(of clock)Ticken nt

ticking

1 [ˈtɪkɪŋ] n (of clock, watch) → ticchettio

ticking

2 [ˈtɪkɪŋ] n (material) → tela da materassi
References in classic literature ?
He had seen the crocodile pass by without noticing anything peculiar about it, but by and by he remembered that it had not been ticking.
There was a grave clock, ticking somewhere up the staircase; and there was a songless bird in the same direction, pecking at his cage, as if he were ticking too.
The ticking of the clock began to bring it- self into notice.
She had become aware of a ticking sound in the room.
When those two arms touched one another the ticking of the mechanism would cease--for ever.
It flew from right to left, and back again, almost in one ticking of a watch, and every instant seemed on the point of snapping into splinters.
The rhythmical and, if I may so say, well-modulated undulation of the back in our ladies of Circular rank is envied and imitated by the wife of a common Equilateral, who can achieve nothing beyond a mere monotonous swing, like the ticking of a pendulum; and the regular tick of the Equilateral is no less admired and copied by the wife of the progressive and aspiring Isosceles, in the females of whose family no "back-motion" of any kind has become as yet a necessity of life.
All slept; the gas in the hall had been left faintly burning to light his return; a dreadful stillness reigned, broken by the deep ticking of the eight-day clock.
Barbicane quickly put out the gas and lay down by his companions, and the profound silence was only broken by the ticking of the chronometer marking the seconds.
When he had sat for some little time, attentive to the ticking of the sober clock, he ventured to glance curiously at the dresser, and there, among the plates and dishes, were Barbara's little work-box with a sliding lid to shut in the balls of cotton, and Barbara's prayer-book, and Barbara's hymn-book, and Barbara's Bible.
You hear the ticking of his watch; his breath you do not hear.
The ticking of the clock on the mantelpiece seemed to him to be dividing time into separate atoms of agony, each of which was too terrible to be borne.