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  1. present participle of prick


pricking (plural prickings)

  1. The act of piercing or puncturing with a sharp point.
    • Bible, Proverbs xii. 18
      There is that speaketh like the prickings of a sword.
  2. A sensation that pricks.
    the prickings of conscience
  3. The driving of a nail into a horse's foot so as to produce lameness.
  4. (mining) A nicking.
  5. The mark or trace left by a hare's foot; a prick.
  6. The act of tracing a hare by its footmarks.
  7. (obsolete) Dressing oneself for show; prinking.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pricking in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)