click

A click is a sound like a sharp tap. Your dog might start barking excitedly every evening when he hears the click of your key turning in the lock. And you might click your computer mouse when you are excited about getting to another page on the web.

Click is also a verb, meaning to make the sound of a click: "Don't click your tongue at me — I can have ice cream for dinner if I want to!" You can use the word in a figurative way as well, to mean "fall suddenly into place," as when a confusing math problem finally clicks for you. Increasingly, to click is to tap on a computer icon with a mouse: "Click through to my new website!"

Primary Meanings of click

1.
nv
a short light metallic sound
move or strike with a noise
2.
nv
a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)
produce a click
3.
n
depression of a button on a computer mouse
4.
n
a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
5.
v
become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
Full Definitions of click
1

n a short light metallic sound

Synonyms:
chink, clink
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v move or strike with a noise

“he clicked on the light”
Synonyms:
snap
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v make a clicking or ticking sound

Synonyms:
tick
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v click repeatedly or uncontrollably

Synonyms:
chatter
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v cause to make a snapping sound

Synonyms:
flick, snap
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
2

n a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)

Synonyms:
suction stop
Type of:
occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant
a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it

v produce a click

“Xhosa speakers click
Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

v make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens

Synonyms:
clack, cluck
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
3

n depression of a button on a computer mouse

“a click on the right button for example”
Synonyms:
mouse click
Type of:
depression
pushing down
4

n a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

Synonyms:
detent, dog, pawl
Type of:
catch, stop
a restraint that checks the motion of something
5

v become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

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