• WordNet 3.6
    • v stalk walk stiffly
    • v stalk go through (an area) in search of prey "stalk the woods for deer"
    • v stalk follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to "her ex-boyfriend stalked her","the ghost of her mother haunted her"
    • n stalk a stiff or threatening gait
    • n stalk the act of following prey stealthily
    • n stalk a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
    • n stalk a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
    • n stalk material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples
    • Stalk A high, proud, stately step or walk. "Thus twice before, . . . With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.""The which with monstrous stalk behind him stepped."
    • Stalk (Zoöl) A stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and crinoids.
    • Stalk (Founding) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor.
    • Stalk (Arch) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring.
    • Stalk One of the two upright pieces of a ladder. "To climb by the rungs and the stalks ."
    • Stalk That which resembles the stalk of a plant, as the stem of a quill.
    • Stalk The act or process of stalking. "When the stalk was over (the antelope took alarm and ran off before I was within rifle shot) I came back."
    • Stalk (Zoöl) The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect.
    • Stalk (Zoöl) The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.
    • Stalk (Bot) The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant.
    • Stalk (Bot) The stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp.
    • Stalk To approach under cover of a screen, or by stealth, for the purpose of killing, as game. "As for shooting a man from behind a wall, it is cruelly like to stalking a deer."
    • Stalk To follow (a person) persistently, with or without attempts to evade detection; as, the paparazzi stalk celebrities to get candid photographs; obsessed fans may stalk their favorite movie stars.
    • Stalk To walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under cover. "The king . . . crept under the shoulder of his led horse; . . . “I must stalk ,” said he.""One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk ."
    • Stalk To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive pronoun. "Into the chamber he stalked him full still.""Bertran stalks close behind her, like a witch's fiend,
      Pressing to be employed."
    • Stalk To walk with high and proud steps; -- usually implying the affectation of dignity, and indicating dislike. The word is used, however, especially by the poets, to express dignity of step. "With manly mien he stalked along the ground.""Then stalking through the deep,
      He fords the ocean."
      "I forbear myself from entering the lists in which he has long stalked alone and unchallenged."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stalks of sugar cane can reach up to 30 feet
    • stalk To walk cautiously or stealthily; steal along; creep.
    • stalk To steal up to game under cover of something else; hunt game by approaching stealthily and warily behind a cover.
    • stalk To walk with slow, dignified strides; pace in a lofty, imposing manner.
    • stalk In sporting, to pursue stealthily, or behind a cover; follow warily for the purpose of killing, as game.
    • n stalk The pursuit of game by stealthy approach or under cover.
    • n stalk A high, proud, stately step or walk.
    • n stalk The stem or main axis of a plant; that part of a plant which rises directly from the root, and which usually supports the leaves, flowers, and fruit: as, a stalk of wheat or hemp.
    • n stalk The pedicel of a flower or the peduncle of a flower-cluster (flower-stalk), the petiole of a leaf (leafstalk), the stipe of an ovary, etc., or any similar supporting organ; in mosses, a seta.
    • n stalk A straw.
    • n stalk In architecture, an ornament in the Corinthian capital which resembles the stalk of a plant, and is sometimes fluted. From it the volutes or helices spring. Compare caulis and cauliculus.
    • n stalk One of the upright side-pieces of a ladder, in which the rounds or steps are placed.
    • n stalk The shaft or handle of anything, especially when slender, likened to the stalk of a plant; the stem: as, the stalk of a wine-glass; the stalk of a tobacco-pipe.
    • n stalk In zoology, some part or organ like a stalk; a stem; a stipe. A pedicel or peduncle; a footstalk; a supporting part: as, the stalk of some barnacles.
    • n stalk A tall chimney, as of a furnace, factory, or laboratory.
    • n stalk In founding, an iron rod armed with spikes, used to form the nucleus of a core.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The banana is the most prolific of all food plants with as many as 300 bananas growing on the same stalk.
    • n Stalk stawk the stem of a plant: the stem on which a flower or fruit grows: the stem of a quill: the handle of anything, the stem: a tall chimney
    • v.i Stalk stawk to walk as on stilts: to walk with long, slow steps: to walk behind a stalking-horse: to pursue game by approaching behind covers
    • v.t Stalk to approach secretly in order to kill, as deer
    • n Stalk a stately step: the pursuit of game by stealthy approach
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stælcan, stealcian, to go slowly; cf. stealc, high, elevated, Dan. stalke, to stalk; probably akin to 1st stalk,


In literature:

Only a stalking hunter, or perhaps some runaway slave, is at all likely to stray thither.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Flower-stalk of dandelion, with leaves 163 78.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Now pull the head off the stalk.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Peril had stolen upon me in my unconsciousness, a stalking beast.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
If the spikelets borne by the axis are all stalked, however short the pedicels may be, it is a =raceme=.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Hearing the noise, Barber stalked to his own window, flung it high, leaned out, and glared about.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He was a dandelion withering on the stalk.
"Stubble" by George Looms
His approach was like that of a wild animal stalking its prey.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As a general thing they are produced on long stalk, a flower to a stalk.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Warriors as guards stalked up and down, but they were not needed.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Nor the stalks he gave her
With a gracious gesture,
And with words as pleasant
As their own perfume.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Never a stalk of the Summer
Dreams of its mission and doom:
Only to hasten the Comer —
Martyrdom unto the Bloom.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
See now the hero of my song,
That theme of every tongue!
Alone, and fierce, he stalks along,
As if with frenzy stung:
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
FROM hill to hill he harried me;
He stalked me day and night;
He neither knew nor hated me;
Nor his nor mine the fight.
"War" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Which way were you
To be found? Did they but know
The stalks of miscanthus grass
Would to the vacant sky
Stand beckoning!
"Which way were you" by Ise
I turn in haste to see thy blessed door,
But, lo, a cloud of flies and bats and birds,
And stalking vapours, and vague monster-herds
Have risen and lighted, rushed and swollen between!
"The Lost House" by George MacDonald

In news:

Learn to cook, stalk a stag or just sit back at this Scottish hotel.
When Ken Vogel is not stalking Sarah Palin (here and here).
Chinese 'stalking horse' at Beech.
The Pros and Cons of Being A Stalking Horse Bidder for Assets In Bankruptcy.
Kwik Pik LLC, an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corp. Has been selected as the stalking horse bidder in the Uni-Marts bankruptcy asset sale.
Health Care's Stalking-Horse : The 'Public Option'.
Starvation stalks youngest in Darfur.
Gone are the steering-column -mounted stalks you find on most cars.
Peter Wayner Stalks the Surreptitious Art of Steganography .
The Quick Disconnect Stalk Stompers were released in 2011 and allow for ease with installing, adjusting and removal.
Youth baseball coach accused of stalking rival's family, sending threatening messages.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger A youth baseball coach is accused of stalking his rival's family and sending threatening text messages, according to police.
1 pound medium rhubarb stalks without leaves, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Dozens of antique steam engines are shown that were once used to thresh -- to separate grain from the stalk.
Volunteers use pitchforks to load shocks of dried wheat stalks into a threshing machine.

In science:

For x ∈ X \ D , Ex will denote the stalk of E at x.
Homology for irregular connections
Hence for any a ∈ A we obtain an E-module structure on the stalk ˜Ta .
Character sheaves on disconnected groups, II
The stalk Aη of A over the generic point η ∈ X is a central simple algebra over the function field F = k(X ) = OX,η .
Moduli schemes of generically simple Azumaya modules
Moreover, the Tjurina numbers are divisible by p, the stalks of the jacobian ideal have finite pro jective dimension, and the tangent sheaf ΘX is locally free in codimension two.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
Our first main result appears in Section 5: We show that the stalks in codimension two of the cotangent sheaf ΩX/F contains invertible summand.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes