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tickle

(tĭk′l) [ME. tikelen]
1. Peculiar sensation caused by titillation or touching, esp. in certain areas of the body, resulting in reflex muscular movements, laughter, or other forms of emotional expression.
2. To arouse such a sensation by touching a surface lightly.
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Monday, Cincotti dueted with Spacey and tickled the ivories on lively readings of ``Just One of Those Things'' and Darin's first hit, ``Splish Splash.
GaGa's next guise was a red, giant-shouldered gown, as she tickled the ivories on a keyboard/string instrument called Emma.
Our Friday night visit witnessed a thirty-something crowd, many straight from the office, nursing their drinks as the resident smoothie tickled the ivories and crooned through some thoroughly stars-and-stripes themed tracks such as Walking In Memphis.