• WordNet 3.6
    • n stalking the act of following prey stealthily
    • n stalking a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Stalking wild birds Stalking wild birds
wolfhound and dingoes stalking kangaroos wolfhound and dingoes stalking kangaroos
Stipule adnated to Leaf-stalk Stipule adnated to Leaf-stalk

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples
    • n stalking In sporting, the act or method of approaching game quietly and warily or under cover, taking advantage of the inequalities of the ground, etc., as in deer-stalking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stalks of sugar cane can reach up to 30 feet
    • Stalking the act of approaching game warily or behind a cover
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  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Danger and delight grow on one stalk.”
  • Robert Collier
    “First the stalk -- then the roots. First the need -- then the means to satisfy that need. First the nucleus -- then the elements needed for its growth.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
    “All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I stalk about her door like a strange soul upon the Stygian banks staying for wattage.”


Stalking horse - A stalking horse is a strategy or something used to conceal your intentions. It is often used where someone put themselves forwards as a candidate to divide opponents or to hide the real candidate.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stælcan, to walk cautiously, stealc, high; Dan. stalke, to walk with long steps.


In literature:

Remove the coarse stalks from two bunches of watercress that have been well washed and dried.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Corn and stalks are both fed out on the farm.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
An officer shooting near my camp was stalking some thar.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Has he not been creeping up the stalk these three days?
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
It is peculiarly fortunate if the top grain be found on the stalk.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
The stalk fell by me, almost naked, stripped of its bloom.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
During their progress, Jimmy Workman stalked down the middle aisle.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
They are globular bodies, attached by a stalk composed of two rows of cells.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Have each of the innumerable blossoms a separate stalk?
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Then seemingly it had contemplated us enough; the folded arms swung down; it turned away from us, slowly stalking off.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
They pulled the first stalk they came upon, brought it back to the house, and were unbandaged.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
I picked the sunflower from the only stalk within a hundred miles of there.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The heads should be cut with about an inch of stalk and two or three full circles of leaves.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
Caspar and Ossaroo agreed with this suggestion, and all three, having now reached the bottom of the descent, commenced their stalk.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I grabbed an artichoke stalk and tried to pull it up.
"The Upward Path" by Various
For many weeks she had helped her mother prepare the string for tying the rice stalks.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
Its stalks are very tender and succulent, while its size is all that can be desired.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
Beneath, these stalks are so thick in the shallow places that a pike can scarcely push a way between them.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
See how they crowd about him as he stalks down the nave, and crave a look or a salute from their bully hero!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
There is nothing much more exciting than to stalk something that is already stalking something else.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker

In poetry:

Not the Muse who wreath'd with laurel,
Solemn stalks with tragic gait,
And in clear and lofty vision
Sees the future births of fate;
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Then sternly stalk'd with heavy pace,
Which shook the trembling wall;
And, frowning, turn'd his angry face,
And vanish'd from the hall.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
I turn away: I slowly walk
The garden path; the scent of flowers
That hang upon the dewy stalk
Sheds sweetness through the summer hours.
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
The cornfield stretched a tender green
To right and left beside my walks;
I knew he had a nest unseen
Somewhere among the million stalks.
"A Green Cornfield" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
From stone to stone the ivy weaves
Her braided tracery's winding veil,
And lacing stalks and tangled leaves
Nod heavy in the drowsy gale.
"A Roman Aqueduct" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I trembled at the dismal sounds,
But vainly strove a word to say;
So, pointing to his bleeding wounds,
The threat'ning spectre stalk'd away.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe

In news:

A man convicted of stalking a woman in Georgia is now back on trial, this time for murder.
Asparagus farmers stalking a delicacy .
If a killer were stalking your family, would you feel safer putting a sign out front announcing, "This Home Is a Gun- Free Zone ".
16 to 20 stalks large or jumbo asparagus, tough ends broken off.
These boots were made for Stalking.
Golden Boy Stalked by a Phantom.
The drought this year has created a real need to utilize any available forage sources, with a good opportunity being grain sorghum stalks.
I was at Patterson Dam in Endwell, watching this heron stalking and catching fish.
He continues to stalk powerful women in this portrait of Katie Couric, which hits bookstores a week from today.
Robert Dewey Hoskins listens as he is sentenced to 10 years in prison for stalking Madonna in 1996.
A man who was convicted of stalking Madonna in the Nineties has escaped a mental health facility in California.
The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the International Manhunt for Him.
Tyrannosaurus rex stalks his hapless victims in the movie, "Land of the Lost".
Drug gangs stalk Texas, Mexico and beyond.
A New York bankruptcy court judge picked Berkshire's $1.442 billion bid on Tuesday as the lead bidder, or stalking horse, for ResCap's loan portfolio.

In science:

If F = P aαxα ∈ O(T )[[x]], aα ∈ O(T ), then aα (t) ∈ K denotes the image of aα in OT ,t /mt = K with mt the maximal ideal of the stalk OT ,t , and therefore F (x, t) ∈ K [[x]] for each t ∈ T .
Right simple singularities in positive characteristic
Recall that if x is an element of S pecG (H ) and U (x) the set of open subsets of S pecG (H ) which contains x, the stalk PH x of x is the inductive limit PH x = limV ∈U (x)PH (V ).
Some properties of schemes in group theory and Top couples
For each singular point x ∈ E we denote by ℓx the dimension of the stalk Tx , so that χ(T ) = Px∈sing(E ) ℓx .
Analytic moduli spaces of simple sheaves on families of integral curves
Let F denote a locally constant sheaf over a connected oriented finite CW complex X of dimension n such that the stalks of F are finite dimensional unitary vector spaces, the scalar products being locally constant as well.
Geometric Zeta Functions, $L^2$-Theory, and Compact Shimura Manifolds
L2 (Γ\G) ⊗ τ )K gives a sheaf with finite dimensional stalks over ˆG.
Geometric Zeta Functions, $L^2$-Theory, and Compact Shimura Manifolds
The following lemma shows a rough relationship between the Lelong number of ν (Θh , x) at x ∈ X and the stalk of the multiplier ideal sheaf I (h)x at x.
Finite Generation of Canonical Rings
M , the set π−1 (x), i.e. the stalk over x, is an Abelian group; (iii) the group operations are continuous in the topology of S .
Complex Geometry of Nature and General Relativity
The zero of Γ(U, S ) is the zero section assigning the zero of the stalk π−1 (x) to every x ∈ U .
Complex Geometry of Nature and General Relativity
It is clear that cS 1 (Λρ |W (x) ) = Λρ |W (x) + u, for some u ∈ H ∗ (BS ), and this element is precisely the weight of the action of S on the stalk Λρ |[s] at some point [s] ∈ W (x).
Higher genus curves on toric varieties
Let OC,q be the stalk of OC at q and let mq the maximal ideal in OC,q .
Geometric construction of modular functors from Conformal Field Theory
Fq -rational points on X , fix isomorphisms LPi ∼= Fq at each stalk.
Error Correcting Codes on Algebraic Surfaces
For each irreducible divisor D ⊂ X let RD be the stalk of the structure sheaf of X , which is a discrete valuation domain.
Cyclic Algebras over $p$-adic curves
For each curve C ⊂ S , the stalk OS,C is a discrete valuation ring and so defines a ramification map Br(K )′ → H 1 (F (C ), Q/Z)′ = Homc (GF (C ) , (Q/Z)′ ) where F (C ) is the residue field of OS,C and GF (C ) is the Galois group of F (C ) in its separable closure.
Cyclic Algebras over $p$-adic curves
Let R = OS,P be the stalk at P , which is a regular local ring of dimension 2.
Cyclic Algebras over $p$-adic curves
Let R = OS,P be the stalk at a curve or nodal point P .
Cyclic Algebras over $p$-adic curves