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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 ?
The woods seemed to be full of the ape-men; again and again we heard their curious clicking chatter.
It took but a moment to loosen this and raise the cover, when, to my utter astonishment, I discovered an ordinary telegraph instrument clicking away within.
The idea that the harmless clicking of the hammer had frightened him was too ridiculous to entertain.
Peerybingle, going out into the raw twilight, and clicking over the wet stones in a pair of pattens that worked innumerable rough impressions of the first proposition in Euclid all about the yard--Mrs.
The clicking of the sheaves in the blocks as the sails ran down, head- sails first, was music to her; and she detected on the instant the jamming of a jib-downhaul, and almost saw the impatient jerk with which the sailor must have cleared it.
Besides, it wouldn't be right," continued the Tiger, looking steadily at Billina and clicking his jaws together.
Very similar is his reference to seasons through what happens or is done in that season: `when the House- carrier, fleeing the Pleiades, climbs up the plants from the earth', is the season for harvesting; or `when the artichoke flowers and the clicking grass-hopper, seated in a tree, pours down his shrill song', is the time for rest.
6] Several times when a pair, probably male and female, were chasing each other in an irregular course, they passed within a few yards of me; and I distinctly heard a clicking noise, similar to that produced by a toothed wheel passing under a spring catch.
As for "tickers," as poor Rawdon called watches, her apartments were alive with their clicking.
We heard behind the blinds the continuous and sudden clicking of ivory, a jovial murmur of many voices, and Schomberg's deep manly laugh.
In the street, umbrellas were the only things to be seen, and the clicking of pattens and splashing of rain-drops were the only sounds to be heard.
The brief remarks that dropped from Pyotr Petrovitch between the clicking of the beads on the reckoning frame betrayed unmistakable and discourteous irony.