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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.

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. (Shak) 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.

3. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point. Hence: A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour. The prick of noon.

The point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin. They that shooten nearest the prick. .

A mark denoting degree; degree; pitch. To prick of highest praise forth to advance. Spenser.

A mathematical point; regularly used in old english translations of euclid.

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4. A small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco.

Origin: AS. Prica, pricca, pricu; akin to LG. Prick, pricke, D. Prik, Dan. Prik, prikke, Sw. Prick. Cf. Prick.

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. 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. I was pricked with some reproof. 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; 83c

to have the attention and interest strongly engaged. The courser . . . Pricks up his ears.

8. To render acid or pungent.

9. To dress; to prink; usually with up.

10. To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail. To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.

11. (Science: veterinary) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness. To nick.

Origin: AS. Prician; akin to LG. Pricken, D. Prikken, Dan. Prikke, Sw. Pricka. See Prick, and cf. Prink, Prig.

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... than simple "rules" of "X is good, Y is bad". For example, consider pain. Chordates (like us) could have evolved such that pricks and pinches simply caused us to immediate retreat, without any of the complications of experiencing nociception (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nociception). ...

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... stood after viewing my crap under a microscope. If I could have had anything through my experience, it would have been to lock up those pricks in my toxic house and fiber/fumigate their sorry asses. MY REPORT THEY KEPT FROM ME ADVISED US TO IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE THE PREMISES. NOT DOING ...

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... need to knock themselves off> but a higher power will get their arses and I hope to God they Lorraina Bobbetize the phuckers and shove the lil pricks right down their throat and all of this while of course they are on fire with their satanic buddies holding the solar mirrored panels..... I ...

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the insect parasite under the skin of you and the dog

... comes to the tiny hole in your skin to breathe air. It cannot get oxygen from under the skin. You can feel the larvae turning under the skin, it pricks, it itches and you will think you are imagining it because it doesn't move all the time but there is a tiny hole, like a pin stick on your skin ...

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