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!"

Definitions of click
  1. noun
    a short light metallic sound
    synonyms: chink, clink
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  2. verb
    move or strike with a noise
    “he clicked on the light”
    synonyms: snap
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    make a clicking or ticking sound
    synonyms: tick
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  4. verb
    click repeatedly or uncontrollably
    synonyms: chatter
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  5. verb
    cause to make a snapping sound
    synonyms: flick, snap
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  6. noun
    a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)
    synonyms: suction stop
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    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
  7. verb
    produce a click
    “Xhosa speakers click
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    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  8. verb
    make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
    synonyms: clack, cluck
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  9. noun
    depression of a button on a computer mouse
    “a click on the right button for example”
    synonyms: mouse click
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    type of:
    depression
    pushing down
  10. noun
    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
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    type of:
    catch, stop
    a restraint that checks the motion of something
  11. verb
    become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
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