Nick

Definition of Nick

Pronunciation: nĭkt
n.1.(Northern Myth.) An evil spirit of the waters.
Old Nick
the evil one; the devil.
1.(Print.) A notch cut into something
2.A broken or indented place in any edge or surface; as, nicks in a china plate; a nick in the table top.
3.A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.
To cut it off in the very nick.
- Howell.
This nick of time is the critical occasion for the gaining of a point.
- L'Estrange.
v. t.1.To make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc.
[imp. & p. p. Nicked (nĭkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Nicking.]
2.To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in; to create a nick{2} in, deliberately or accidentally; as, to nick the rim of a teacup.
And thence proceed to nicking sashes.
- Prior.
The itch of his affection should not then
Have nicked his captainship.
- Shak.
3.To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with.
4.To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time.
The just season of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.
- L'Estrange.
5.To make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry it higher).
1.To nickname; to style.
For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me.
- Ford.

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