• IPA: /tɪkə(ɹ)/

ticker (plural tickers)

  1. One who makes a tick mark.
    • 1992, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)
      A teacher now is a typist, a printer, a laboratory assistant, a designer of work sheets and booklets, a form-filler, a ticker of boxes and a sender of returns to faculty heads, to head teachers, to education authorities and to the Ministers […]
  2. A measuring or reporting device, particularly one which makes a ticking sound as the measured events occur.
    The ticker was showing an increased rate of flow.
  3. A ticker tape, either the traditional paper kind or a scrolling message on a screen.
    I checked the prices on the ticker one last time before placing the trade.
    To my surprise, the ticker showed that the deal had already gone through.
  4. (colloquial) A heart, especially a human one.
    My ticker gave out and I had to go to the hospital for surgery.
  5. (birdwatching, slang) A birdwatcher who aims to see (and tick off on a list) as many bird species as possible.

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