Tic or Tick?

What is the difference between tic and tick?

Tic is a noun denoting an involuntary twitch. For everything else, use tick.


The noun tic is an involuntary contraction of the muscles, usually in the face.



The word tick has many meanings.

Tick: A mark to show something is correct or completed.

Examples: Tick: The noise made by a watch or a clock.

Examples: Tick: A noun meaning a short period of time.

Example: Tick: A noun denoting a small arachnid similar to a mite.


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