[ UK /tˈɪkɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈtɪkɪŋ/ ]
  1. a metallic tapping sound
    he counted the ticks of the clock
  2. a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers
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How To Use ticking In A Sentence

  • He did his final piece of serious work on Tuesday morning, which was grand, and we have just kept him ticking over with a couple of canters.
  • KEEPS the England midfield ticking over like an expensive timepiece. The Sun
  • I also have a goldenrod-colored scarf (you know, one of those pashmina-y things) that goes nicely with this, and about two weeks ago I was in "the city" (which seems to be what you call San Francisco, if you live near it) wearing this dress, that scarf, and an old denim Levi's jacket I swiped from my Dad in roughly 1987 (with bright pink leather gloves sticking out of the breast pocket) and a tourist actually STOPPED ME ON THE STREET and asked to take my picture. The Return (With Butterflies) - A Dress A Day
  • The knife landed with its point sticking into the floor.
  • Yet because many of the environmental consequences are hidden from view and from our national income accounts, we sit atop ticking ecological time bombs.
  • Instead of emitting light, like a laser, the maser emits microwave energy at a specific frequency, which produces a very specific ticking.
  • She was shocked and horrified but she is sticking by me and says she will help me as best she can. The Sun
  • The long chain of people moved irritably slow, minutes ticking by with seemingly no progress being made.
  • Add the vermouth, garlic and cayenne, boil the liquid away and start adding ladlefuls of the seaweed and saffron-flavoured vegetable stock, stirring vigorously all the while to aid absorption and prevent sticking.
  • He looked a complete mess - dressed anyhow with hair sticking up on end.
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