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1 a short light metallic sound [syn: chink, clink]
2 depression of a button on a computer mouse; "a click on the right button for example" [syn: mouse click]
3 a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu) [syn: suction stop]
4 a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward [syn: pawl, detent, dog]


1 move or strike with a noise; "he clicked on the light"; "his arm was snapped forward" [syn: snap]
2 make a clicking or ticking sound; "The clock ticked away" [syn: tick]
3 click repeatedly or uncontrollably; "Chattering teeth" [syn: chatter]
4 cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers" [syn: snap, flick]
5 produce a click; "Xhosa speakers click"
6 make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens [syn: cluck, clack]
7 become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow" [syn: get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place]

User Contributed Dictionary



Imitative of the "click" sound; first recorded in the 1500s.


  • , /'klɪk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪk


  1. A brief, sharp, not particularly loud, relatively high-pitched sound produced by the impact something small and hard against something hard, such as by the operation of a switch, a lock or a latch, or a finger pressed against the thumb and then released to strike the hand.
    I turned the key, the lock gave a click and the door opened.
    a click of one’s fingers
  2. In the context of "phonetics": An ingressive sound made by coarticulating a velar or uvular closure with another closure.
  3. Sound made by a dolphin.
  4. The act of operating a switch, etc., so that it clicks.
  5. The act of pressing a button on a computer mouse.
  6. A kilometre.
    The term is used in countries that have adopted the metric system. In USA, it is commonly used in war and science fiction films; for example, the target is 5 clicks north.
  7. The term used to show approval, acceptance, or general agreement.


sharp sound
in phonetics
sound made by a dolphin
act of operating a switch, etc., so that it clicks
act of pressing a button on a computer mouse


  1. To operate (a switch, etc) so that it makes a click.
  2. To press and release (a button on a computer mouse).
    1. To select a software item using, usually, but not always, the pressing of a mouse button.
  3. To cause to make a click.
  4. To emit a click.
    He bent his fingers back until the joints clicked.
  5. To click the left button of a computer mouse while pointing.
    Click here to go to the next page.
  6. To make sense suddenly.
    Then it clicked - I had been going the wrong way all that time.
  7. To get on well at a first meeting.
    When we met at the party, we just clicked and we’ve been best friends ever since.


transitive: operate so as to make click
transitive: press and release (button on a mouse)
transitive: cause to make a click
intransitive: emit a click
intransitive: click the left button of a mouse
intransitive: make sense suddenly
intransitive: get on well at a first meeting


  1. The sound of a click.
    Click! The door opened.


sound of a click

See also

Extensive Definition

Click may refer to:


  • Point-and-click, a gesture made with a computer input device such as a mouse
  • Klik, a type of visual computer programming


Media and entertainment

Film and television

Other media

Other meanings

click in German: Klick
click in Spanish: Clic (desambiguación)
click in French: Clic
click in Korean: 클릭
click in Dutch: Klik
click in Japanese: クリック
click in Russian: Клик
click in Finnish: Click

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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