• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sticky having the sticky properties of an adhesive
    • adj sticky covered with an adhesive material
    • adj sticky hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion","an awkward pause followed his remark","a sticky question","in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
    • adj sticky hot or warm and humid "muggy weather","the steamy tropics","sticky weather"
    • adj sticky moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body "felt sticky and chilly at the same time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue. It first appeared on the cover of the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
    • a Sticky Having the quality of sticking to a surface; adhesive; gluey; viscous; viscid; glutinous; tenacious. "Herbs which last longest are those of strong smell, and with a sticky stalk."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
    • sticky Having the property of adhering to a surface; inclining to stick; adhesive; viscous; viscid; glutinous; tenacious.
    • sticky Humid; producing stickiness; muggy: as, a disagreeable, sticky day.
    • sticky Like a stick; stiff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sticky stik′i that sticks or adheres: adhesive: glutinous
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Sticky end - (UK) If someone comes to a sticky end, they die in an unpleasant way. ('Meet a sticky end' is also used.)
Sticky fingers - The tendency to keep (or steal) an object you touch. Also, to steal something quickly without anyone noticing. (ex: 'You stole that guy's wallet? You have some sticky fingers, my friend.')
Sticky wicket - (UK) If you are on a sticky wicket, you are in a difficult situation.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

It proved to be candy, and she waved a sticky spoon in welcome.
"The Little Colonel's Hero" by Annie Fellows Johnston
I've no doubt it was sticky in the city.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Hot, sticky, tired and cross we prepare for our first meal on a Congo steamer.
"A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State" by Marcus Dorman
Little June's father had just returned from the store and was opening up some sheets of sticky fly-paper and placing it about the room.
"More Toasts"
There was one big bluebottle that had got stuck there on his back with his wings in the sticky stuff.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Cuffy's paws were covered with the sticky brown stuff.
"The Tale of Cuffy Bear" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Our sticky lady has come home, too.
"The Beacon Second Reader" by James H. Fassett
In his sticky fingers the bridle-rein itched like so much poisoned ribbon.
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
And that something is repulsively foul, greasy, sticky, black.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Sticky and Sandy and their offspring.
"Joy in the Morning" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
It doesn't feel sticky.
"New National Fourth Reader" by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
When the shale was wet it made quite a sticky mortar.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
Yes, the sticky "medicine" had grown hard and would not let the French doll's eyes open.
"Raggedy Andy Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
The bear washed his face, possibly sticky with purloined wild honey, and betook himself back to his lair.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The flour was just a bit sticky and she left the cake in a little longer.
"The Bobbsey Twins" by Laura Lee Hope
If the dough should get soft and sticky, place it in a tin or cold plate on the ice to harden between the rollings.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
Dodge had returned to her bread which had spread in a mass of stickiness all over the board.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
All three were natives of the soil, and somewhat sluggish in nature, like its sticky red shale.
"The Butterfly House" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She picked up all the sticky dolls and putting them in a basket she carried them out under the apple tree in the garden.
"Raggedy Ann Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
Many substances so used are not sticky and let moisture in through the joints.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898" by Various

In poetry:

And it was for you hunks of meat
I wrote my rhymes!
My love was sticky self-deceit
And dirty games!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud
The Dove walks with sticky feet
Upon the green crowns of the almond tree,
Its feathers smeared over with warmth
Like honey
That dips lazily down into the shadow…
"Pastoral" by Kenneth Patchen
Come up out of Erebus into the day,
There's plenty of room overhead;
No boring or blasting of rocks in the way,
No stratum of sticky, impervious clay--
All vacuous vapor instead.
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
THERE were many flowers in my mother's garden,
Sword-leaved gladiolus, taller far than I,
Sticky-leaved petunias, pink and purple-flaring,
Velvet-painted pansies staring at the sky;
"The Garden" by Margaret Widdemer
Brown girls move along on slithery dry feet, Selling sticky sweets;
And brown men squat asleep in the hot street—
In all the hot streets—
With their shins in their hands and chins on their knees.
Whistle a breeze!
"Pernambuco in May" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
And there are corpses,
feet made of cold and sticky clay,
death is inside the bones,
like a barking where there are no dogs,
coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,
growing in the damp air like tears of rain.
"Nothing But Death" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Maximillion Cooper's Big Oops: For Gumball Rally Guy, A Rather Sticky Situation.
Or at a restaurant, finding that the bottom of your table is covered in this sticky substance.
Gettin' all hot and sticky on that ass.
Hurraw natural lip balm s are velvety smooth without being sticky or greasy like most petroleum-based lip balm s.
Debate turns sticky on Vermont grades.
It's a sticky situation that a lot of people run into, and something that Laura Marano 's character Ally must face on the new episode of Austin & Ally, premiering this Sunday, Oct 14, at 8:30 pm ET/PT.
Often times it seems the 'meltdown' card is played when a star needs to get out of a sticky mess.
'Social Media Index' Measures Hispanic TV ' Stickiness '.
A sticky situation for your shower.
Working in the summer can become uncomfortable in Michigan's sticky heat if you are not wearing the right outfit.
With National Sticky Bun Day — February 21 — done and dusted for another year, we offer three of our twelve versions of this delicious breakfast treat.
Crowded and hot and sticky as it was, there was good cheer every place.
NFL fines Chargers $20K in sticky towel case.
The weather is offering a hot and sticky reminder that today is the first day of summer.
Nearby, Sticky Rice Bmore is a true-purple Ravens-supporting establishment.

In science:

Our slice sampler, modified for use with the dependent stream by the procedure described in section 5.3, continues to provide good estimates of the mean for the sticky streams.
Driving Markov chain Monte Carlo with a dependent random stream
Higher Twist – We are now beginning to get a handle on this sticky sub ject (see the SLAC analysis of their low-Q2 data).
Symposium Summary
The mass spectra were analysed using the stickiness, S , variable measuring the relative coupling of a resonance to a pair of gluons and to a pair of photons.
Summary of the Experimental part of the XXXIVth Rencontre de Moriond
The disappearance of the ζ (2230) resonance both in the LEPI and LEPII γ γ data quantified by the average LEP stickiness value of Sζ ≥ 68 at 95 % confidence level, establishes ζ (2230) to be a likely glueball candidate.
Summary of the Experimental part of the XXXIVth Rencontre de Moriond
At these lower temperatures the residence time of an atom on the surface of the cell becomes much longer than the characteristic H+H→ H2 recombination time, and so the surface is “sticky”; all the atoms that reach the surface recombine before having a chance to leave the surface.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
We now invoke the x-ray estimate in (which is a higher-dimensional analogue of Wolff ’s x-ray estimate in ) and the arguments of (see also the discussion in ) to conclude a certain “stickiness” property of these tubes in Section 4.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
As in , we shall use the hypothesis of a Besicovitch set of near-minimal Minkowski dimension to obtain a “sticky” collection of tubes, which we now pause to define.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
The following Proposition, which is a consequence of Lemma 3.2, was essentially proven in ; the extension from three dimensions to general dimension is trivial. (The connection between x-ray estimates and the stickiness of Besicovitch sets of near-minimal Minkowski dimension was first noted in ).
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
One can obtain stickiness for scales other than ρ, but we shall not do so here. (Later on we shall implicitly repeat a version of the sticky reduction at scale N δ; see the proof of Lemma 10.1).
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
In the rest of the paper Tδ will be a sticky collection of tubes satisfying (10), (11).
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
Lemma 5.5. Let Tδ be a sticky col lection of tubes, and let P (y , Tρ , Tδ ) be a property.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
We continue the strategy of , and use the stickiness of Tδ to imply certain selfsimilarity properties of the set Eδ ; roughly speaking, we wish to prove a rigorous version of , Heuristic 6.1 with the obvious modifications to n dimensions.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
Since Tδ is direction-separated, each non-sticky direction ω can contribute at most N n−1 elements to the above set.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
Since we are using only a finite number of samples with different spacings we will encounter a sticky situation when the curves happen to turn sharply in the region where the sample spacing is wide.
The Earth Regeneration Effect of Solar Neutrinos: a Numerical Treatment with Three Active Neutrino Flavors
Define the sticky part of this to be the union of the components of the boundary that intersect S . 2.
On the Andrews-Curtis conjecture and algorithms from topology