Synonyms for ticking

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Vaguely, between Kitty's sobs, I heard the ticking of a watch.

"This is obviously a conundrum," said Yates, ticking off the items on his four fingers.

At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling.

The ticking of the clock emphasized the inexorable silence of the house.

"Fact six," said the Baron, ticking off the thumb of his other hand.

Every five minutes she looked at the clock, and her heart kept time to its ticking.

The ticking of the clock and the snapping of the fire mingled in a staccato duet.

The ticking did not change its tempo until she came to her waist.

Phillips named the three clues, ticking them off on his fingers.

All was dark, and there was no sound but the ticking of the great Dutch clock in the shop below.

WORD ORIGIN

"cloth covering for mattresses or pillows," 1640s, from tyke (modern tick) with the same meaning (mid-14c.), probably from Middle Dutch tike, from a West Germanic borrowing of Latin theca "case," from Greek theke "a case, box, cover, sheath" (see theco-).

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