stick

Definitions

  • Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
    Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stick be a mystery or bewildering to "This beats me!","Got me--I don't know the answer!","a vexing problem","This question really stuck me"
    • v stick saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous "They stuck me with the dinner bill","I was stung with a huge tax bill"
    • v stick come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation "The dress clings to her body","The label stuck to the box","The sushi rice grains cohere"
    • v stick stick to firmly "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
    • v stick pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed "He stuck the needle into his finger"
    • v stick pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument "he stuck the cloth with the needle"
    • v stick put, fix, force, or implant "lodge a bullet in the table","stick your thumb in the crack"
    • v stick fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something "stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
    • v stick fasten with or as with pins or nails "stick the photo onto the corkboard"
    • v stick fasten with an adhesive material like glue "stick the poster onto the wall"
    • v stick cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
    • v stick stay put (in a certain place); we are not moving to Cincinnati" "We are staying in Detroit","Stay put in the corner here!","Stick around and you will learn something!"
    • v stick be loyal to "She stood by her husband in times of trouble","The friends stuck together through the war"
    • v stick be a devoted follower or supporter "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism","She sticks to her principles"
    • v stick endure "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
    • v stick be or become fixed "The door sticks--we will have to plane it"
    • n stick threat of a penalty "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"
    • n stick marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
    • n stick an implement consisting of a length of wood "he collected dry sticks for a campfire","the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
    • n stick a long thin implement resembling a length of wood "cinnamon sticks","a stick of dynamite"
    • n stick a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
    • n stick a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
    • n stick informal terms for the leg "fever left him weak on his sticks"
    • n stick a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
    • n stick a small thin branch of a tree
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mahl-Sticks Mahl-Sticks
The Bundle of Sticks The Bundle of Sticks
Paulina had a stick ... in her hand Paulina had a stick ... in her hand
A STICK THRUST INTO THE WATER APPEARS CROOKED A STICK THRUST INTO THE WATER APPEARS CROOKED
arrows and sticks arrows and sticks
How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks
The rear end of a rabbit sticks out of a rolled-up map The rear end of a rabbit sticks out of a rolled-up map

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour
    • Stick (Print) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
    • Stick A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick .
    • Stick A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber. "Withered sticks to gather, which might serve
      Against a winter's day."
    • Stick A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
    • Stick Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
    • Stick Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
    • Stick To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. "The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh ."
    • Stick To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner.
    • Stick To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at. "They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas.""Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will."
    • Stick To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed. "I had most need of blessing, and “Amen” Stuck in my throat.""The trembling weapon passed
      Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the last."
    • Stick To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation. "This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable."
    • Stick To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger. "Thou stickest a dagger in me."
    • Stick To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
    • Stick (Print) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
    • Stick To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve. "My shroud of white, stuck all with yew.""The points of spears are stuck within the shield."
    • Stick To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
    • Stick To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
    • Stick To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast. "And sticked him with bodkins anon.""It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray."
    • Stick To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely. "A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.""I am a kind of bur; I shall stick .""If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown,
      'T will ever stick through malice of your own."
    • Stick (Joinery) To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
    • Stick To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
    • Stick To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
    • stick To pierce or puncture with a pointed instrument, as a dagger, sword, or pin; pierce; stab.
    • stick To push, thrust, or drive the point or end of, as into something which one seeks to pierce, or into a socket or other receptacle; place and fix by thrusting into something.
    • stick To thrust; cause to penetrate or enter in any way; loosely, to thrust or put (something) where it will remain, without any idea of penetration.
    • stick To insert in something punctured: as, to stick card-teeth; hence, to set with something pointed or with what is stuck in: as, to stick a cushion full of pins.
    • stick To thrust or fix upon something pointed: as, to stick a potato on a fork.
    • stick In carpentry, to run or strike (a molding) with a molding-plane.
    • stick To close; shut; shut up. See steek.
    • stick To be fastened or fixed by or as by piercing or by insertion; remain where thrust in: as, the arrow sticks in the target.
    • stick To be thrust; extend or protrude in any direction.
    • n stick A thrust with a pointed instrument which pierces, or is intended to pierce.
    • stick To pierce; stab. See stick.
    • stick To fasten or attach by causing to adhere: as, to stick a postage-stamp on a letter.
    • stick To cause to come to a stand; puzzle; pose.
    • stick To impose upon; cheat; chouse.
    • stick To beat, as at a game of cards: with for before the penalty or stake: as, to stick one for the drinks at poker.
    • stick To cleave as by attraction or adhesion; adhere closely or tenaciously.
    • stick To remain where placed; hold fast; adhere; cling; abide.
    • stick To hold or cling in friendship and affection.
    • stick To be hindered from proceeding or advancing; be restrained from moving onward or from acting; be arrested in a course, career, or progress; be checked or arrested; stop.
    • stick To be embarrassed or puzzled; be brought to a standstill, as by being unable to interpret or remember the words one is attempting to read or recite.
    • stick To scruple; hesitate,: with at.
    • stick To remain with; abide in the memory or possession of: as, ill-gotten gains never stick by a man.
    • n stick An adhesion, as by attraction or viscosity.
    • n stick Hesitation; demur; a stop; a standstill.
    • n stick A strike among workmen.
    • n stick A piece of wood, generally rather long and slender; a branch of a tree or shrub cut or broken off: also, a piece of wood chopped or cut for burning or other use: often used figuratively.
    • n stick A cudgel; a rod; a wand; especially, a walking-stick or cane.
    • n stick Anything in the form of a stick, or somewhat long and slender: as, a stick of candy; a stick of sealing-wax; one of the sticks of a fan, whether of wood, metal, or other material.
    • n stick Specifically— The wand or baton with which a musical conductor directs a chorus or orchestra.
    • n stick The wooden rod or back of a bow for playing on a musical instrument of the viol class.
    • n stick The wooden rod or wand, with a rounded or padded head, with which a drum or similar musical instrument is beaten and sounded; a drumstick.
    • n stick In printing: A composing-stick.
    • n stick A piece of furniture used to lock up a form in a chase or galley. It is called, according to the place it occupies, head-stick, foot-stick, side-stick, or gutter-stick.
    • n stick The rod which is carried by the head of a rocket, and serves to direct its flight.
    • n stick A timber-tree.
    • n stick Nautical, a mast: as, the gale was enough to blow the sticks out of her.
    • n stick That which is strung on a stick; a string: as, a stick of herring.
    • n stick The number of twenty-five eels, or the tenth part of a bind, according to the old statute de ponderibus. Also called strike.
    • n stick A stick-insect. See stick-bug and walking-stick.
    • n stick A person who is stiff and awkward in bearing; hence, a stupid, incapable, or incompetent person.
    • n stick Synonyms See staff.
    • stick To furnish or set with sticks, as for climbing upon: said of peas.
    • stick In printing, to arrange in a composing-stick; compose: as, to stick type.
    • stick To cook (cutlets or steaks) by spitting them on long sticks with a piece of bacon at the end. The sticks are stuck in the ground, close to leeward of the fire. See sticker-up, 2.
    • stick To ‘hold up’; rob.
    • stick Hence to be importuned by a beggar; be forced to give in charity.
    • stick To bring (a kangaroo) to bay.
    • stick To stop (without idea of violence).
    • stick To pose; puzzle: as, “I was stuck up for an answer.”
    • n stick A material of syrupy consistence obtained by cooking mixed city garbage and other refuse material with steam, removing grease and water by expression from the liquid product, skimming off the grease, and evaporating the watery residue. It is mixed with some of the solid matter from the same garbage or with chemicals, and used as a ‘filler’ or subordinate ingredient in fertilizers.
    • n stick Rum, brandy, or any other liquor when used as a ‘stiffener’ or flavoring in ‘soft’ drinks: as, tea with a stick in it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An American chews an average of 300 sticks of gum in a year
    • v.t Stick stik to stab: to thrust in: to fasten by piercing: to fix in: to set with something pointed: to cause to adhere
    • v.i Stick to hold to: to remain: to stop: to be hindered: to hesitate, to be embarrassed or puzzled: to adhere closely in affection:—pa.t. and pa.p. stuck
    • n Stick stik a small shoot or branch cut off a tree: a staff or walking-stick: anything in the form of a stick, a cudgel: a piece of printers' furniture used to lock up a form in a chase, a printer's composing-stick: a stiff, stupidly obstinate person
    • v.t Stick to furnish or set with sticks: to arrange in a composing-stick
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Quotations

  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.”
  • Arlo Guthrie
    Arlo Guthrie
    “You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.”
  • Hebrew Proverb
    Hebrew Proverb
    “Poverty is a wonderful thing. It sticks to a man after all his friends have forsaken him.”

Idioms

Better than a stick in the eye - If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
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Carrot and stick - If someone offers a carrot and stick, they offer an incentive to do something combined with the threat of punishment.
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Give it some stick - (UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
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Give someone stick - (UK) If someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.
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In a cleft stick - If you are in a cleft stick, you are in a difficult situation, caught between choices.
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More than you can shake a stick at - If you have more of something than you can shake a stick at, then you have a lot.
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Out in the sticks - (UK) If someone lives out in the sticks, they live out in the country, a long way from any metropolitan area.
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Rough end of the stick - To get the rough end of the stick is to be treated unfairly or to come off worse than the other party in a transaction, situation or relationship.
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Short end of the stick - If someone gets the short end of the stick, they are unfairly treated or don't get what they deserve.
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Speak softly and carry a big stick - If you speak softly and carry a big stick, you make your case quietly but can back it up forcefully if necessary.
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Stick in your craw - If someone or something really annoys you, it is said to stick in your craw.
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Stick out like a sore thumb - If something sticks or stands out like a sore thumb, it is clearly and obviously different from the things that are around it.
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Stick to your guns - If you stick to your guns, you keep your position even though people attack or criticise you.
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Stick your neck out - If you stick you neck out, you take a risk because you believe in something.
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Stick-in-the-mud - A stick-in-the-mud is someone who doesn't like change and wants things to stay the same.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stikien, v.t. & i., combined with steken, whence E. stuck,), AS. stician, v.t. & i., and (assumedstecan, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka, OS. stekan, OHG. stehhan, G. stechen, and to Gr. to prick, Skr. tij, to be sharp. Cf. Distinguish Etiquette Extinct Instigate Instinct Prestige Stake Steak Stick (n.) Stigma Stimulate Sting Stitch in sewing, Style for or in writing

Usage

In literature:

One or two fragments of prayer-sticks were discovered in a rock inclosure in a cleft to the west of the ruin.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
If he does he is told he has failed in the simple task, and the stick is handed to another.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
These sticks were put there for the time when the cows were moved, so that the men might find their sticks quick.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
He would stick to the shop.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
An arrow-head, with a short piece of the shaft, was sticking in one of his thighs.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Had it not been for that brave stick, I might as well have stayed at the bottom.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
In a moment Jack was in hot pursuit with a stick.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
It is an arrow, and the stick is made of elk-horn.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
He saw Braxton Wyatt swinging a heavy stick, and he resolved that it should never touch him.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He decided to wait till dark, build a fire with dead cedar sticks, and carry a bundle of them with burning ends.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
She held only the naked stick, and she moved it like a stick for beating time.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then she showed the children how to get a fair start, by standing abreast and holding a stick.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
So they're going to have a rolling and build a fort and stick it out.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
She sticks to Clinch.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
To put the flowers together, or the leaves on the stem, hold in the hand until warm enough to stick.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
And if you beg hard of me, I will bring her this very night, riding on a stick.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Ramealis means a branch or stick; so called because the plant is found growing on sticks, in open woods.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Bow stick in the rough (greatly reduced) .
"The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use" by Henry Saint-George
The stick was handed to him, with full instructions how to act, and what to say, should the gentleman recognise the stick.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
Why do you carry those sticks so carefully when all the woods about you are full of sticks?
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
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In poetry:

I take my book, I take my stick
On the Sabbath day,
In woody nooks and valleys
I hide myself away.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves

S was Papa's new Stick,
Papa's new thumping Stick,
To thump extremely wicked boys,
Because it was so thick.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
Then straight I went and put, and put,
A turnip on a stick
And with a tack wrote, "HAGENSACK,
THE FICKLEST OF THE FICK."
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
"The lead is wondrous heavy, mither,
The well is wondrous deip;
A keen pen-knife sticks in my hert,
A word I dounae speik.
"The Jew's Daughter" by Anonymous British
"Oh, dinna think, bonnie lassie, I 'm gaun to leave thee!
Dinna think, bonnie lassie, I 'm gaun to leave thee;
Dinna think, bonnie lassie, I 'm gaun to leave thee;
I 'll tak a stick into my hand, and come again and see thee."
"Dinna Think, Bonnie Lassie" by Hector MacNeill
Now tremble you ye wicked wights therefore,
which sowed are so thicke
Throughout ye world, & worship now such store
of gods of stone and sticke,
which you your selues wt wicked hads do carue,
To call vpon and vainly for to serue.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding

In news:

Two babies were seen sticking close to the mother.
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened.
'Water, Sticks and Leaves' - a Stephen Yates exhibit at The Cannery , Port Townsend.
The soap allows the water to stick to debris, the firefighters said.
Whether you're hit with the layoff stick during this tough economy or just looking to strengthen your position with your organization, we've got a webinar coming this afternoon you might want to check out.
Video shows a failed carjacking, after the gunman discovered he couldn't drive the stick shift.
Making Paint Stick to Wood Siding & Trim.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Rachel Weisz are among the celebs who reportedly stick to a gluten-free diet.
1 inch stick of cinnamon.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 stick butter or margarine ½ cup of pecan pieces 16 oz cool whip 8 oz pkg.
CONGRATS TO JANICE BREAUX, WINNER OF THE TICKETS AS MOST OF YOU KNEW, IT WAS TRACY LAWRENCE "STICKS AND STONES".
He sticks unsigned check into her purse.
1/4 pound stick of butter, chilled.
5 ounces (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, plus extra for pan.
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In science:

The case p 6= q could also be worked out, but we stick with p = q = 1/2 for simplicity.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
That is why we shall below stick to this alternative.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
For an upper alcove bwA the lower vertex is the vertex that sticks out, i. e., does not lie in the wall 2H0 .
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
Let us briefly introduce the details of the limiting ICRT’s stick-breaking construction [7, 4].
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
We now show how some consequences of our main theorem can be formulated in terms of the stick-breaking construction of the ICRT.
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
However, if we stick to the original basis set, the equations (11)-(15) are also valid for real random vectors.
Random phase vector for calculating the trace of a large matrix
One remarkable thing about ǫu and ǫd is that it always sticks to the phase e−iφtu and e−iφbd respectively.
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
The density of the atoms, which should approach the leads as close as possible without sticking, significantly influences the TOT resis tance R.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In the present paper, we stick to one state β of factor graph G.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
DLA simulates, for example, the growth of dust: successive particles wander in “from infinity” and stick when they reach a central growing blob.
Goldbug Variations
Gibbs sampling methods for stick-breaking priors. J.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
As-usual if q < 1/2 the particle prefers to stick to the right wall.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
Here we will stick to the following definition of random facet taken from G¨artner, Henk & Ziegler [9, p. 350].
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
We will stick to this one, since it follows paths of 1-vertices deterministically, making the analysis slightly simpler.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
The first walk is called repulsive delayed random walk, which is described in the context of a stick balancing experiment.
Delayed Random Walks and Control
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