A mouse click



  • A brief, sharp, not particularly loud, relatively high-pitched sound produced by the impact of something small and hard against something hard, such as by the operation of a switch, a lock or a latch.
  • The act of making a clicking sound by pressing a finger against the thumb and then releasing to strike the palm; a snap.
  • An ingressive sound made by coarticulating a velar or uvular closure with another closure.
  • Sound made by a dolphin.
  • The act of operating a switch, etc., so that it clicks.
  • The act of pressing a button on a computer mouse, both as a physical act and a reaction in the software.
  • A pawl or similar catch.
  • Alternate spelling of klick
  • A detent, pawl, or ratchet, such as that which catches the cogs of a ratchet wheel to prevent backward motion.
  • The latch of a door.
  • Misspelling of clique


  • To cause to make a click; to operate (a switch, etc) so that it makes a click.
  • To emit a click.
  • To snap the fingers.
  • To press and release (a button on a computer mouse).
  • To select a software item using, usually, but not always, the pressing of a mouse button.
  • To visit (a web site).
  • To navigate by clicking a mouse button.
  • To make sense suddenly.
  • To get on well.
  • To tick.
  • To take (a photograph) with a camera.
  • To achieve success in one's career or a breakthrough, often the first time.
  • Of a film, to be successful at the box office.
  • To snatch.
  • Misspelling of clique


  • The sound of a click.


  • Imitative of the "click" sound; first recorded in the 1500s. Compare Saterland Frisian klikke ("to click"), Middle Dutch clicken (Modern Dutch: klikken), Old High German klecchen (Modern German: klecken, klicken), Danish klikke, Swedish klicka, Norwegian klikke, Norwegian klekke.
  • From Middle English clike, from Old French clique.
  • From Middle English cleken, a variant of clechen, perhaps from Old English *clēċan, *clǣċan, a byform of clyċċan. More at clutch.

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