nick


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nick \Nick\ (n[i^]k), n. [AS. nicor a marine monster; akin to D.
   nikker a water spite, Icel. nykr, ONG. nihhus a crocodile, G.
   nix a water sprite; cf. Gr. ni`ptein to wash, Skr. nij. Cf.
   Nix.] (Northern Myth.)
   An evil spirit of the waters.
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   Old Nick, the evil one; the devil. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nick \Nick\, n. [Akin to Nock.]
   1. A notch cut into something; as:
      (a) A score for keeping an account; a reckoning. [Obs.]
      (b) (Print.) A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type,
          to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the
          stick, and in distribution. --W. Savage.
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   2. Hence: A broken or indented place in any edge or surface;
      as, nicks in a china plate; a nick in the table top.
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   3. A particular point or place considered as marked by a
      nick; the exact point or critical moment.
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            To cut it off in the very nick.       --Howell.
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            This nick of time is the critical occasion for the
            gaining of a point.                   --L'Estrange.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nick \Nick\, v. t.
   To nickname; to style. [Obs.]
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         For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me. --Ford.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nick \Nick\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nicked (n[i^]kt); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Nicking.]
   1. To make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or
      upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc.
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   2. To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or
      notches in; to create a nick[2] in, deliberately or
      accidentally; as, to nick the rim of a teacup.
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            And thence proceed to nicking sashes. --Prior.
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            The itch of his affection should not then
            Have nicked his captainship.          --Shak.
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   3. To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to
      tally with.
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            Words nicking and resembling one another are
            applicable to different significations. --Camden.
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   4. To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at
      the precise point or time.
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            The just season of doing things must be nicked, and
            all accidents improved.               --L'Estrange.
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   5. 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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