Definition of Prick

n.1.That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer.
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.
3.A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point.
4.(Naut.) A small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Pricked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pricking.]
2.To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as, to prick a knife into a board.
The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron.
- Sandys.
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. Scott.
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.
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.
- Chaucer.
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.
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.
8.To render acid or pungent.
9.To dress; to prink; - usually with up.
10.(Naut) To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail.
11.(Far.) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness.
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.
A gentle knight was pricking on the plain.
- Spenser.
3.To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
4.To aim at a point or mark.

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