click
Pronunciation
  • enPR: klĭk, IPA: /klɪk/, [kl̥ʰɪk]
Noun

click (plural clicks)

  1. A brief, sharp, not particularly loud, relatively high-pitched sound produced by the impact of something small and hard against something hard, such as by the operation of a switch, a lock or a latch, or a finger pressed against the thumb and then released to strike the hand.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      There was a click in the front sitting-room. Mr. Pearce had extinguished the lamp.
    I turned the key, the lock gave a click and the door opened;  a click of one’s fingers
  2. (phonetics) An ingressive sound made by coarticulating a velar or uvular closure with another closure.
    tsk is a click in English.
  3. Sound made by a dolphin.
  4. The act of operating a switch, etc., so that it clicks.
  5. The act of pressing a button on a computer mouse, both as a physical act and a reaction in the software.
    With the right software you can program your mouse to do a double click with a single click (but that's cheating)
    1. (by extension) A single instance of content on the Internet being accessed.
  6. A pawl or similar catch.
    • 1943, Chilton's Jewelers' Circular
      A wheel, with teeth in which a click or pawl engages to prevent backward motion; or the same with addition of another click through which power is imparted at intervals to move the wheel.
Translations Translations
  • German: Schnalzlaut, Klix
  • Portuguese: clique
  • Russian: щёлкающий звук
  • Spanish: chasquido
Translations
  • French: clic
  • Russian: щёлканье
  • Spanish: chasquido
Translations
  • Russian: щёлканье
Translations Verb

click (clicks, present participle clicking; past and past participle clicked)

  1. (transitive) To cause to make a click; to operate (a switch, etc) so that it makes a click.
    • 1603, Ben Jonson, Sejanus His Fall
      [Jove] clicked all his marble thumbs.
    • She clicked back the bolt which held the window sash.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Owl
      when merry milkmaids click the latch
    • 1918, The Cosmopolitan (volume 66, page 61)
      His voice rose in a clacking chatter; his long whip curled over the backs of the dogs, and, eager for the thrill of the trail, the malemiuts leaped out in a straight tawny line, whimpering and whining and clicking their jaws […]
  2. (transitive, computing, ambitransitive) To press and release (a button on a computer mouse).
  3. (transitive, computing) To select a software item using, usually, but not always, the pressing of a mouse button.
  4. (transitive, computing, advertising) To visit a web site.
    Visit a location, call, or click www.example.com.
  5. (intransitive, computing) To navigate by clicking a mouse button.
    I soon grew bored and clicked away from the site.
    From the home page, click through to the Products section.
  6. (intransitive) To emit a click.
    He bent his fingers back until the joints clicked.
  7. (intransitive) To make sense suddenly.
    Then it clicked - I had been going the wrong way all that time.
  8. (intransitive) To get on well.
    When we met at the party, we just clicked and we’ve been best friends ever since.
  9. (dated, intransitive) To tick.
    • the varnished clock that clicked behind the door
  10. (transitive, India) To take (a photograph) with a camera.
    • 2014, Dhisti Desai, Innocent Desire (page 107)
      Brad immediately took out his Iphone[sic] and clicked a picture of the plant and posted it up on Google and clicked search.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: cair a ficha
  • Russian: дойти́
Translations Interjection
  1. The sound of a click.
    Click! The door opened.
Translations
  • Portuguese: clique
  • Russian: щёлк
Related terms Noun

click (plural clicks)

  1. Alternative spelling of klick
Noun

click (plural clicks)

  1. A detent, pawl, or ratchet, such as that which catches the cogs of a ratchet wheel to prevent backward motion.
  2. (UK, dialect) The latch of a door.
Verb

click (clicks, present participle clicking; past and past participle clicked)

  1. (obsolete) To snatch.
Noun

click (plural clicks)

  1. (US) Misspelling of clique
Verb

click (clicks, present participle clicking; past and past participle clicked)

  1. (US) Misspelling of clique

Click
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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