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NICK, n. In the northern mythology, an evil spirit of the saters; hence the modern vulgar phrase, Old Nick, the evil one.

NICK, n. [G. The nape; a continual nodding. The word seems to signify a point, from shooting forward.]

1. The exact point of time required by necessity or convenience; the critical time.

2. [G. knick, a flaw.] A notch or score for keeping an account; a reckoning.

3. A winning throw.

NICK, v.t.

1. To hit; to touch luckily; to perform by a slight artifice used at the lucky time.

The just reason of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.

2. To cut in nicks or notches. [See Notch]

3. To suit, as lattices cut in nicks.

4. To defeat or cozen, as at dice; to disappoint by some trick or unexpected turn.

NICK, v.t. [G. knicken, to flaw.] To notch or make an incision in a horses tail, to make him carry it higher.




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NICK, n. In the northern mythology, an evil spirit of the saters; hence the modern vulgar phrase, Old Nick, the evil one.

NICK, n. [G. The nape; a continual nodding. The word seems to signify a point, from shooting forward.]

1. The exact point of time required by necessity or convenience; the critical time.

2. [G. knick, a flaw.] A notch or score for keeping an account; a reckoning.

3. A winning throw.

NICK, v.t.

1. To hit; to touch luckily; to perform by a slight artifice used at the lucky time.

The just reason of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.

2. To cut in nicks or notches. [See Notch]

3. To suit, as lattices cut in nicks.

4. To defeat or cozen, as at dice; to disappoint by some trick or unexpected turn.

NICK, v.t. [G. knicken, to flaw.] To notch or make an incision in a horses tail, to make him carry it higher.


NICK, n.1

In the northern mythology, an evil spirit of the water; hence the modern vulgar phrase, Old Nick, the evil one.


NICK, n.2 [Sw. nick; Dan. nik; D. knik, a nod; G. nicken, to nod; genick, the nape; genicke, a continual nodding. The word seems to signify a point, from shooting forward.]

  1. The exact point of time required by necessity or convenience; the critical time. L'Estrange.
  2. [G. knick, a flaw.] A notch or score for keeping an account; a reckoning. [Obs.] Shak.
  3. A winning throw. Prior.

NICK, v.t.1

  1. To hit; to touch luckily; to perform by a slight artifice used at the lucky time.
  2. To cut in nicks or notches. [See Notch.] Shak. The just reason of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved. L'Estrange.
  3. To suit, as lattices cut in nicks. [Obs.] Camden.
  4. To defeat or cozen, as at dice; to disappoint by some trick or unexpected turn. [Obs.] Shak.

NICK, v.t.2 [G. knicken, to flaw.]

To notch or make an incision in a horse's tail, to make him carry it higher.


Nick
  1. An evil spirit of the waters.

    Old Nick, the evil one; the devil. [Colloq.]

  2. A notch cut into something

    ; as: (a)
  3. To make a nick or nicks in] to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc.
  4. To nickname; to style.

    [Obs.]

    For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me. Ford.

  5. A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.

    To cut it off in the very nick. Howell.

    This nick of time is the critical occasion for the gainger of a point. L'Estrange.

  6. To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in.

    And thence proceed to nicking sashes. Prior.

    The itch of his affection should not then
    Have nicked his captainship.
    Shak.

  7. To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with.

    Words nicking and resembling one another are applicable to different significations. Camden.

  8. To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time.

    The just season of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved. L'Estrange.

  9. To make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry it higher).
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Nick

NICK, noun In the northern mythology, an evil spirit of the saters; hence the modern vulgar phrase, Old nick the evil one.

NICK, noun [G. The nape; a continual nodding. The word seems to signify a point, from shooting forward.]

1. The exact point of time required by necessity or convenience; the critical time.

2. [G. knick, a flaw.] A notch or score for keeping an account; a reckoning.

3. A winning throw.

NICK, verb transitive

1. To hit; to touch luckily; to perform by a slight artifice used at the lucky time.

The just reason of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.

2. To cut in nicks or notches. [See Notch]

3. To suit, as lattices cut in nicks.

4. To defeat or cozen, as at dice; to disappoint by some trick or unexpected turn.

NICK, verb transitive [G. knicken, to flaw.] To notch or make an incision in a horses tail, to make him carry it higher.

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