Lick

Definition of Lick

Pronunciation: lĭk
v. t.1.To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand.
[imp. & p. p. Licked (lĭkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Licking.]
2.To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk.
To lick the dust
to be slain; to fall in battle.
To lick into shape
to give proper form to; - from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking.
- Ps. lxxii. 9.
To lick the spittle of
to fawn upon.
- Hudibras.
To lick up
to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely.
- South.
n.1.A stroke of the tongue in licking.
2.A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush. Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied.
A lick of court whitewash.
- Gray.
3.A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; - often, but not always, near salt springs. Called also salt lick.
v. t.1.To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter.
n.1.A slap; a quick stroke.

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