What is Prick?

Prick definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a puncture made by a needle, thorn, or the like.
a sharp point; prickle.

the act of pricking: the prick of a needle.
the state or sensation of being pricked.
a sharp pain caused by or as if by being pricked; twinge.
the pointed end of a prickspur.
Slang: Vulgar. obnoxious or contemptible person.

Archaic. a goad for oxen.
Obsolete. a small or minute mark, a dot, or a point.
Obsolete. any pointed instrument or weapon.

verb (used with object)
to pierce with a sharp point; puncture.
to affect with sharp pain, as from piercing.

to cause sharp mental pain to; sting, as with remorse, anger, etc.: His conscience pricked him.
to urge on with or as if with a goad or spur: My duty pricks me on.
to mark (a surface) with pricks or dots in tracing something.
to mark or trace (something) on a surface by pricks or dots.
to cause to stand erect or point upward (usually followed by up): The dog pricked his ears at the sound of the bell.
Farriery. to lame (a horse) by driving a nail improperly into its nick: to prick a horse’s tail.

to measure (distance, the size of an area, etc.) on a chart with dividers (usually followed by off).
Horticulture. to transplant (a seedling) into a container that provides more room for growth (usually followed by out or off).

verb (used without object)
to perform the action of piercing or puncturing something.
to have a sensation of being pricked.

to spur or urge a horse on; ride rapidly.
to rise erect or point upward, as the ears of an animal (usually followed by up).