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Definition of "nick" []

  • A shallow notch, cut, or indentation on an edge or a surface: nicks in the table; razor nicks on his chin. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Slang A prison or police station. (noun)
  • Printing A groove down the side of a piece of type used to ensure that it is correctly placed. (noun)
  • To cut a nick or notch in. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut into and wound slightly: A sliver of glass nicked my hand. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nick" in a sentence
  • "_Nick, nick, nick, nick_ -- the nearly forgotten sound that used to rise in early morning from the kitchen before a fire could be lit -- and _nick, nick, nick, nick_ again, here in the narrow opening, where the rays of sunshine shot down and made the sparks which flew from flint and steel look pale as they shot downward at every stroke the lad gave."
  • "_Nick, nick, nick, nick_, went the flint against the steel; and the boy watched the sparks flying till one of them seemed to settle lightly in the priest's tinder-box, and the next minute that single spark began to glow as the old man deliberately breathed upon it till the tinder grew plain before the watcher's eyes, and the shape of the old man's bald head, with its roll of fat across the back of the neck, stood out like a silhouette."
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