Definition of ticking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ticking

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɪkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪkɪŋ//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a type of strong cotton cloth that is often striped, used especially for making mattress and pillow covers Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from tick ‘a fabric case stuffed with feathers or other material to make a mattress or pillow’ + -ing.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ticking

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