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Dictionary Definition



1 the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions pump blood through the body; "he stood still, his heart thumping wildly" [syn: heart, pump]
2 a small portable timepiece [syn: watch]
3 character printer that automatically prints stock quotations on tickertape [syn: stock ticker]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A measuring or reporting device, particularly one which makes a ticking sound as the measured events occur.
    The ticker was showing an increased rate of flow.
  2. A stock ticker.
    I checked the prices on the ticker one last time before placing the trade.
  3. A news ticker.
    To my surprise, the ticker showed that the deal had already gone through.
  4. In the context of "Colloquial": The heart.
    My ticker gave out and I had to go to the hospital for surgery.


a measuring or reporting device
a stock ticker
a news ticker
the heart

Extensive Definition

Ticker can mean:
  • A stock ticker machine and the ticker tape (paper strips) it prints on
  • Ticker symbol, the codes for quotes on ticker tapes
  • News ticker, a small screen space on news television networks dedicated to headlines or minor pieces of news
  • Ticker (2001 film), an action film directed by Albert Pyun
  • Ticker (2008 film), an action/comedy film written by Stephen Langford & Shin Koyamada
  • Heart, informally
  • A rich media self-updating graphic added to the signature of an online chat profile that serves as a countdown to an important event
  • In the U.S., ticker can also refer to ticker symbol, a mnemonic used to uniquely identify publicly-traded companies on a stock market
ticker in German: Ticker

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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