- a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
- a person or thing that ticks.
- Slang. a watch.
- Slang. the heart.
- the heart
- a watch
- a person or thing that ticks
- stock exchange the US word for tape machine (def. 2)
n.1821, “something that ticks,” from tick (2); slang meaning “heart” first recorded 1930. Ticker tape (1902) is from ticker “telegraphic device for recording stock market quotations, etc.” (1883).