sticking

Definitions

  • Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
    Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sticking extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary "the jutting limb of a tree","massive projected buttresses","his protruding ribs","a pile of boards sticking over the end of his truck"
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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: A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
    • Sticking a. & n. from Stick v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An American chews an average of 300 sticks of gum in a year
    • n sticking The act of stabbing or piercing. The act of thrusting a knife or spear into the neck or body of a beast.
    • n sticking Stitching; needlework.
    • n sticking The, act of coming to a stop. Compare sticking-place.
    • n sticking Specifically plural The last of a cow's milk; strippings.
    • n sticking In billiards, the act or operation of landing the cue-ball close to a cushion for safety.
    • n sticking In cricket, batting entirely on the defensive; batting not to make runs, but to keep in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crocodiles have brains no larger than a cigar and they cannot stick their tongue out.
    • Sticking the act of stabbing
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Quotations

  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.”
  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”
  • 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.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
  • Joe Simmons
    Joe Simmons
    “I don't remember, I didn't do it. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it”

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stecan (assumed); Ger. stechen, Dut. steken; also A.S. stician, Ger. stecken, to set, stick fast.

Usage

In literature:

As our sticks were each 5 feet long we tightened the wire until the cross stick bowed out 6 inches, as in Fig.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
We shall teach you to walk again without that stick.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
By this treatment large handsome sticks of Asparagus may be cut in the third year.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Also "make a damper" of half a pound of flour or a "twist" baked on a thick stick.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
His spear was always sticking up beside him.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
Instead of arrows, three sticks may be employed.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Say, pardner, I'm a ridin' son-of-a-gun from Powder River and my middle name is 'stick.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Each player sticks his stick up near the back end of his playing space.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
I'm the one to stick to,' says he.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
He looked around for a stick to tie onto the end of the cord, and when he had done this he gave the stick to the dog.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
But we know you are not a walking stick because our walking sticks have no wings.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
A long row of giants in stick-up collars confronted him.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Says you boys are to stick around to take orders straight from headquarters.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Well, I guv it up, an' picked up the stick, an' the thong came through my fingers.
"Tales from the Veld" by Ernest Glanville
Occasionally men come to search for walking-sticks, for which there is now a regular trade.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
The Learys, assailed with sticks, replied with sticks torn from old packing-cases, with protruding nails.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
And when he saw the light from the sticks he smiled within himself; He was so pleased he had found the sticks that suited him.
"Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights" by J. William Lloyd
Trim this square at the base and stick it upright by means of a piece of clay on a well-oiled portion of a table.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
There's a great spike or something sticking into me!
"The Happy Warrior" by A. S. M. Hutchinson
They play football and several kinds of shinny, using long bones for shinny sticks.
"The Silent Readers" by William D. Lewis
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In poetry:

"HE labours more than you
At worsted work, and frames it;
In old maids' albums, too,
Sticks seaweed - yes, and names it!"
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"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
Thine arrows stick within my heart,
My flesh is sorely pressed;
Between the sorrow and the smart,
My spirit finds no rest.
"Psalm 38" by Isaac Watts
Look as far as you can see, boy
Look a little further, son
For that Burma girl is burning
Stick a fork in, see if she's done.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
With stick, and stone, and weapon mean
She drives the wretch away,
And then, with fluttering heart, pursues
Her solitary way.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
He cannot whistle through his throat
He's in a sorry plight
So he sticks his beak into the sand
And whistles through the night.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Just how much food on a stick you personally can consume at the Wisconsin State Fair doesn't really matter.
Why don't musicians just stick to playing music.
Warming trend may stick around for awhile .
DePaul sticks with Georgetown for awhile .
Sticking to the time-honored principles of teamwork and talking, Nipmuc Regional, 7-4-1, is on track for another date in the postseason.
Germany Tells Athens to Stick to Plan.
Cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted.
Maybe she'll get a. Pitbull glow stick as consolation.
4 tablespoons 1 tablespoon 3 ounces 1 stick.
Aerial bombardment still a sticking point with Redskins' secondary.
Some write Post-It notes and stick them everywhere.
We're always hearing about new and interesting items for boats, but often it's the really weird and wacky ones that stick.
I have a feeling that if "Cougar Town" sticks around long enough to see a 10th season, Andy and Ellie's son Stan will need a lot of therapy.
Boxcar Grill at Freighthouse Square thanks customers for sticking around.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter , room temperature.
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In science:

Eddington long before hypothesized that it was so cold in space that anything that hits a small particle will stick.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The terminology average connectivity seems to be well established in the physics literature, and we stick to it.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
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
If we stick to the brighter end of the mass function from 16 to 125 M⊙ , and only use stars in an annulus from 4.5′′ to 7.5′′ , Γ ≈ -1.1 , still low but not too different from the Salpeter IMF.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The memoryless learner algorithm consists of picking a concept Ri at random, and sticking by this choice, until it is proven wrong.
Mathematics of learning
The memoryless learner algorithm consists of picking a concept Ri at random, and sticking by this choice, until it is proven wrong.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
The topology of the network part inside the camera frame changes and the solution that consists in sticking the camera boundary to the network boundary is not any more possible.
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
One can work with other weights than lognormal but we stick to this case for the sake of simplicity.
Limiting laws of supercritical branching random walks
Consider a ‘sticky’ stream of random variates Dp , where each draw is a copy of the previous value with ‘sticking probability’ p, and is otherwise an independent Uniform[0, 1] variate.
Driving Markov chain Monte Carlo with a dependent random stream
We explored a range of dependent streams with different sticking probabilities, p.
Driving Markov chain Monte Carlo with a dependent random stream
To evaluate the conductivity of the stick systems we introduce two different conductances: (1) the conductance of the entire stick Gs and (2) the conductance due to the stick-to-stick junction Gj .
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
For sufficiently high stick densiti es (n > 2nc ), one can see that almost all the sticks and junctions in the system contribute to the conductivity and that the density of the current-carrying junctions increases with the stick density n by a square power law nI j ∼ n2 .
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
The reason for this is that the mean number of contacts per stick is proportional to the stick density, see Ref.39 .
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
Also, for a sufficiently high stick density n the current-carrying stick density nI is proportional to n.
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
For higher stick densities n almost all junctions and sticks will carry some current.
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
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