prick-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: Make a small hole into, as with a needle or thorn.

NOTE: Unlike in Sense 2, the manufacture of a hole is not standing in for the pain.

The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample.
Prick the sides of the potato to facilitate rooting.

VerbNet: poke-19
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: prick.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Cause a physical or emotional pain to a sentient being.

A bee pricked my arm yesterday.
The needle pricked his skin.
The thought of her pricked his conscience.
His mannerisms prick my sensibilities.

VerbNet: poke-19,hurt-40.8.3-2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Sense Number 3: Raise (a body part).

Commentary: Includes: PRICK UP

The dog pricked his ears.
I pricked up my ears to hear her.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: prick.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
prick_up 1