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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prick  \Prick\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Pricked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Pricking}.]  [AS.  prician;  akin  to  LG  pricken,  D.  prikken 
  Dan.  prikke  Sw  pricka.  See  {Prick},  n.,  and  cf  {Prink}, 
  1.  To  pierce  slightly  with  a  sharp-pointed  instrument  or 
  substance;  to  make  a  puncture  in  or  to  make  by 
  puncturing;  to  drive  a  fine  point  into  as  to  prick  one 
  with  a  pin,  needle,  etc.;  to  prick  a  card;  to  prick  holes 
  in  paper. 
  2.  To  fix  by  the  point;  to  attach  or  hang  by  puncturing;  as 
  to  prick  a  knife  into  a  board.  --Sir  I.  Newton. 
  The  cooks  prick  it  [a  slice]  on  a  prong  of  iron. 
  3.  To  mark  or  denote  by  a  puncture;  to  designate  by  pricking; 
  to  choose  to  mark;  --  sometimes  with  off 
  Some  who  are  pricked  for  sheriffs.  --Bacon. 
  Let  the  soldiers  for  duty  be  carefully  pricked  off 
  --Sir  W. 
  Those  many  then,  shall  die:  their  names  are 
  pricked.  --Shak. 
  4.  To  mark  the  outline  of  by  puncturing;  to  trace  or  form  by 
  pricking;  to  mark  by  punctured  dots;  as  to  prick  a 
  pattern  for  embroidery;  to  prick  the  notes  of  a  musical 
  composition.  --Cowper. 
  5.  To  ride  or  guide  with  spurs;  to  spur;  to  goad;  to  incite; 
  to  urge  on  --  sometimes  with  on  or  off 
  Who  pricketh  his  blind  horse  over  the  fallows. 
  The  season  pricketh  every  gentle  heart.  --Chaucer. 
  My  duty  pricks  me  on  to  utter  that  --Shak. 
  6.  To  affect  with  sharp  pain;  to  sting,  as  with  remorse.  ``I 
  was  pricked  with  some  reproof.''  --Tennyson. 
  Now  when  they  heard  this  they  were  pricked  in  their 
  heart.  --Acts  ii  37. 
  7.  To  make  sharp;  to  erect  into  a  point;  to  raise,  as 
  something  pointed;  --  said  especially  of  the  ears  of  an 
  animal,  as  a  horse  or  dog;  and  usually  followed  by  up  -- 
  hence  to  prick  up  the  ears,  to  listen  sharply;  to  have 
  the  attention  and  interest  strongly  engaged.  ``The  courser 
  .  .  .  pricks  up  his  ears.''  --Dryden. 
  8.  To  render  acid  or  pungent.  [Obs.]  --Hudibras. 
  9.  To  dress;  to  prink;  --  usually  with  up  [Obs.] 
  10.  (Naut) 
  a  To  run  a  middle  seam  through  as  the  cloth  of  a  sail. 
  b  To  trace  on  a  chart,  as  a  ship's  course. 
  11.  (Far.) 
  a  To  drive  a  nail  into  (a  horse's  foot),  so  as  to  cause 
  b  To  nick. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prick  \Prick\,  n.  [AS.  prica,  pricca,  pricu;  akin  to  LG  prick, 
  pricke,  D.  prik,  Dan.  prik,  prikke  Sw  prick.  Cf  {Prick}, 
  1.  That  which  pricks,  penetrates,  or  punctures;  a  sharp  and 
  slender  thing  a  pointed  instrument;  a  goad;  a  spur,  etc.; 
  a  point;  a  skewer. 
  Pins,  wooden  pricks,  nails,  sprigs  of  rosemary. 
  It  is  hard  for  thee  to  kick  against  the  pricks. 
  --Acts  ix  5. 
  2.  The  act  of  pricking,  or  the  sensation  of  being  pricked;  a 
  sharp,  stinging  pain;  figuratively,  remorse.  ``The  pricks 
  of  conscience.''  --A.  Tucker. 
  3.  A  mark  made  by  a  pointed  instrument;  a  puncture;  a  point. 
  a  A  point  or  mark  on  the  dial,  noting  the  hour.  [Obs.] 
  ``The  prick  of  noon.''  --Shak. 
  b  The  point  on  a  target  at  which  an  archer  aims;  the 
  mark;  the  pin.  ``They  that  shooten  nearest  the 
  prick.''  --Spenser. 
  c  A  mark  denoting  degree;  degree;  pitch.  [Obs.]  ``To 
  prick  of  highest  praise  forth  to  advance.''  --Spenser. 
  d  A  mathematical  point;  --  regularly  used  in  old  English 
  translations  of  Euclid. 
  e  The  footprint  of  a  hare.  [Obs.] 
  4.  (Naut.)  A  small  roll;  as  a  prick  of  spun  yarn;  a  prick  of 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prick  \Prick\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  punctured;  to  suffer  or  feel  a  sharp  pain,  as  by 
  puncture;  as  a  sore  finger  pricks. 
  2.  To  spur  onward;  to  ride  on  horseback.  --Milton. 
  A  gentle  knight  was  pricking  on  the  plain. 
  3.  To  become  sharp  or  acid;  to  turn  sour,  as  wine. 
  4.  To  aim  at  a  point  or  mark.  --Hawkins. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  (obscene)  insulting  terms  of  address  [syn:  {asshole},  {bastard}, 
  {cocksucker},  {shit},  {mother  fucker},  {motherfucker}, 
  {mother},  {son  of  a  bitch},  {SOB}] 
  2:  a  depression  scratched  or  carved  into  a  surface  [syn:  {incision}, 
  {scratch},  {notch},  {slit},  {dent}] 
  3:  obscene  terms  for  penis  [syn:  {cock},  {dick},  {shaft},  {pecker}, 
  {peter},  {tool}] 
  v  1:  make  a  small  hole  into  "The  nurce  pricked  my  finger  to  get 
  a  small  blood  sample." 
  2:  cause  a  stinging  pain  [syn:  {sting},  {twinge}] 
  3:  of  the  ears  of  an  animal,  for  example;  "The  dog  pricked  up 
  his  ears"  [syn:  {prick  up},  {cock  up}] 
  4:  prod  or  urge  as  if  with  a  log  stick  [syn:  {goad}] 
  5:  cause  a  prickling  sensation  [syn:  {prickle}] 
  6:  to  cause  a  sharp  emotional  pain;  "The  thought  of  her 
  unhappiness  pricked  his  conscience" 
  7:  of  insects,  scorpions,  or  other  animals;  "A  bee  stung  my  arm 
  yesterday."  [syn:  {sting},  {bite}] 

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