Definitions for: Lick


[n] (boxing) a blow with the fist
[n] touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
[n] a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
[v] find the solution to (a problem or question) or udnerstand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
[v] beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
[v] pass the tongue over



Webster (1913) Definition: Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Licked (l[i^]kt); p.
pr. & vb. n. Licking.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n,
D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi-laig[=o]n,
Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei`chein, Skr. lih, rih.
[root]121. Cf. Lecher, Relish.]
1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his
master's hand. --Addison.

2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks
milk. --Shak.

To lick the dust, to be slain; to fall in battle. ``His
enemies shall lick the dust.'' --Ps. lxxii. 9.

To lick into shape, to give proper form to; -- from a
notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and
subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras.

To lick the spittle of, to fawn upon. --South.

To lick up, to take all of by licking; to devour; to
consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4.


Lick, n. [See Lick, v.]
1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. ``A lick at the honey
pot.'' --Dryden.

2. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a
stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a
tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush.
Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied.
[Colloq.]

A lick of court whitewash. --Gray.

3. A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth,
to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but
not always, near salt springs. [U. S.]


Lick, v. t. [Cf. OSw. l["a]gga to place, strike, prick.]
To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to
whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter. [Colloq. or
Low]


Lick, n.
A slap; a quick stroke.[Colloq.] ``A lick across the face.''
--Dryden.

Synonyms: bat, biff, clobber, drub, figure out, lap, lap, poke, punch, puzzle out, salt lick, solve, thrash, work, work out

See Also: answer, beat, beat out, blow, break, counter, counterpunch, crush, deposit, fondle, guess, haymaker, hook, infer, jab, knockout punch, KO punch, parry, rabbit punch, reason, resolve, riddle, sediment, shell, strike, stroke, sucker punch, Sunday punch, tongue, touch, touching, trounce, understand, vanquish

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