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click

1. 
a. the locking member of a ratchet mechanism, such as a pawl or detent
b. the movement of such a mechanism between successive locking positions
2. US and Canadian slang a kilometre
3. Computing an act of pressing and releasing a button on a mouse

click

[klik]
(communications)
A short-duration electric disturbance, such as that sometimes produced by a code-sending key or a switch.
(computer science)
To select an object when the pointer is touching it by pressing and quickly releasing a button on a mouse.
(engineering acoustics)
A perforation in a sound track which produces a clicking sound when passed over the projector sound head.

click

(hardware)
To press and release a button on a mouse or other pointing device. This generates an event, also specifying the screen position, which is processed by the window manager or application program.

On a mouse with more than one button, the unqualified term usually implies pressing the left-most button (with the right index finger), other buttons would be qualified, e.g. "right-click". Multiple clicks in quick succession, e.g. a double-click, often have a different meaning from slow single clicks. Keyboard modifiers may also be used, e.g. "shift-click", meaning to hold down the shift key on the keyboard while clicking the mouse button.

If the mouse moves while the button is pressed then this is a drag.

click

(1) See CLIQ.

(2) To select an object by pressing the mouse button when the cursor is pointing to the required menu option, icon or hypertext link. See click and drag and tap.

(2) One click is one kilometer. This military term is sometimes used by telecom people for line distances in large networks. See metric system.
References in classic literature ?
I heard him yelp, saw him run sideways and turn, knew I had missed, and clicked back the cock with my thumb for the next shot.
All the same," resumed he, after having clicked his tongue against his palate, "they are brave fellows
Miss Kinzey clicked in the sentiment while the secretary added the memorable quotation, "Let us have peace," and in board-rooms two thousand miles away the representatives of sixty-three million dollars' worth of variously manipulated railroad interests breathed more freely.
Kim clicked round the self-registering turnstile; the old man followed and halted amazed.
Down the steep, plashy path they poured all together, the Bhagat and his brothers, down and down till the deer's feet clicked and stumbled on the wall of a threshing-floor, and he snorted because he smelt Man.