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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prick \Prick\, n. [AS. prica, pricca, pricu; akin to LG. prick,
     pricke, D. prik, Dan. prik, prikke, Sw. prick. Cf. Prick,
     1. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and
        slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.;
        a point; a skewer.
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              Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary.
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              It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
                                                    --Acts ix. 5.
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     2. The act of pricking, or the sensation of being pricked; a
        sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse. "The pricks
        of conscience." --A. Tucker.
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     3. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point.
        (a) A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour. [Obs.]
            "The prick of noon." --Shak.
        (b) The point on a target at which an archer aims; the
            mark; the pin. "They that shooten nearest the prick."
        (c) A mark denoting degree; degree; pitch. [Obs.] "To
            prick of highest praise forth to advance." --Spenser.
        (d) A mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English
            translations of Euclid.
        (e) The footprint of a hare. [Obs.]
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     4. (Naut.) A small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prick \Prick\, v. i.
     1. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by
        puncture; as, a sore finger pricks.
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     2. To spur onward; to ride on horseback. --Milton.
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              A gentle knight was pricking on the plain.
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     3. To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
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     4. To aim at a point or mark. --Hawkins.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prick \Prick\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pricked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Pricking.] [AS. prician; akin to LG. pricken, D. prikken,
     Dan. prikke, Sw. pricka. See Prick, n., and cf. Prink,
     1. To pierce slightly with a sharp-pointed instrument or
        substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by
        puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one
        with a pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes
        in paper.
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     2. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as,
        to prick a knife into a board. --Sir I. Newton.
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              The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron.
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     3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking;
        to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off.
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              Some who are pricked for sheriffs.    --Bacon.
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              Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off.
                                                    --Sir W.
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              Those many, then, shall die: their names are
              pricked.                              --Shak.
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     4. To mark the outline of by puncturing; to trace or form by
        pricking; to mark by punctured dots; as, to prick a
        pattern for embroidery; to prick the notes of a musical
        composition. --Cowper.
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     5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite;
        to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off.
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              Who pricketh his blind horse over the fallows.
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              The season pricketh every gentle heart. --Chaucer.
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              My duty pricks me on to utter that.   --Shak.
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     6. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse. "I
        was pricked with some reproof." --Tennyson.
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              Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their
              heart.                                --Acts ii. 37.
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     7. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as
        something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an
        animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; --
        hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have
        the attention and interest strongly engaged. "The courser
        . . . pricks up his ears." --Dryden.
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     8. To render acid or pungent. [Obs.] --Hudibras.
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     9. To dress; to prink; -- usually with up. [Obs.]
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     10. (Naut)
         (a) To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail.
         (b) To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.
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     11. (Far.)
         (a) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause
         (b) To nick.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or
           irritating or ridiculous [syn: asshole, bastard,
           cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker,
           motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch,
      2: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn:
         incision, scratch, prick, slit, dent]
      3: obscene terms for penis [syn: cock, prick, dick,
         shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz]
      4: the act of puncturing with a small point; "he gave the
         balloon a small prick" [syn: prick, pricking]
      v 1: make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn; "The
           nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample" [syn:
           prickle, prick]
      2: cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn:
         prick, sting, twinge]
      3: raise; "The dog pricked up his ears" [syn: prick up,
         prick, cock up]
      4: stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick [syn: goad,
      5: cause a prickling sensation [syn: prickle, prick]
      6: to cause a sharp emotional pain; "The thought of her
         unhappiness pricked his conscience"
      7: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn:
         sting, bite, prick]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  270 Moby Thesaurus words for "prick":
     aculeus, acuminate, acumination, acute pain, afflict, aggrieve,
     agonize, ail, anguish, auger, barb the dart, be keen, birthmark,
     bit, bite, blaze, blaze a trail, blemish, blotch, bore, borer,
     boring pain, brand, bristle with, broach, bruise, bugger, burn,
     cage, caste mark, chafe, chalk, chalk up, charley horse, check,
     check off, checkmark, cicatrix, cicatrize, convulse, corral,
     countersink, cramp, cramps, crick, crucify, cusp, cut, cut up,
     dapple, darting pain, dash, define, delimit, demarcate, discolor,
     discoloration, distress, dot, drill, drive, drove, earmark, egg on,
     empierce, engrave, engraving, enter, excite, excruciate, exhort,
     fester, fix, fleck, flick, flog, freckle, fret, fulgurant pain,
     gad, gadfly, gall, gash, girdle pain, give pain, gnaw, gnawing,
     goad, gore, gouge, gouge out, grate, graving, grieve, grind, gripe,
     griping, hack, harrow, hatch, have an edge, herd, hitch, hole,
     honeycomb, hurt, hurt the feelings, impale, impress, imprint,
     inflame, inflict pain, irritate, itch, jab, jag, jot, jumping pain,
     kill by inches, kink, lacerate, lance, lancinating pain, lash,
     lentigo, line, macula, make a mark, mark, mark off, mark out,
     marking, martyr, martyrize, mole, mottle, mucro, neb, needle,
     nevus, nib, nick, nip, notch, nudge, oxgoad, pain, pang, paroxysm,
     patch, pencil, penetrate, pepper, perforate, perforation, pierce,
     pinch, pinhole, pink, pinprick, pique, point, poke, polka dot,
     prickle, print, prod, prolong the agony, prompt, propel, punch,
     punch cattle, punctuate, puncture, put to torture, rack, rankle,
     rasp, ream, ream out, riddle, ride herd on, round up, rowel, rub,
     run through, scar, scarification, scarify, score, scotch, scratch,
     scratching, scum, seal, seam, seizure, sharp pain, shepherd, shit,
     shithead, shoot, shooting, shooting pain, sic, skewer, skunk,
     slash, slit, smart, snake, spasm, spear, speck, speckle, spike,
     spit, splash, splotch, spot, spur, stab, stabbing pain, stain,
     stamp, stick, stigma, stigmatize, stimulate, sting, stinker,
     stitch, strawberry mark, streak, striate, stripe, tap, tattoo,
     tattoo mark, thrill, throes, tick, tick off, tingle, tip, tittle,
     toad, tormen, torment, torture, trace, transfix, transpierce,
     trepan, trephine, turd, tweak, twinge, twist, twist the knife,
     twitch, underline, underscore, watermark, whip, whiplash, wound,
     wrangle, wrench, wring

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