- The definition of a stick is a piece of a branch that has fallen from a tree or a piece of wood that has been fashioned into something such as a cane, a holder for a popsicle or a tool used in sporting games.
- An example of a stick is a fallen branch.
- An example of a stick is a cane.
- An example of a stick is a popsicle holder.
- An example of a stick is the sporting equipment used to hit a hockey puck.
- To stick is to poke someone with something sharp or to put something somewhere without giving much thought to it.
- An example of stick is when you prick someone with a pin.
- An example of stick is when you carelessly put a book on a shelf.
- a long, usually slender piece of wood; specif.,
- a twig or small branch broken off or cut off, esp. a dead and dry one
- a tree branch of any size, used for fuel, etc.
- a long, slender, and usually tapering piece of wood shaped for a specific purpose, as a wand, staff, club, baton, cane, rod, etc.
- a stalk, as of celery
- something shaped like a stick; sticklike piece: a stick of chewing gum
- a separate item; article: every stick of furniture
- an implement used for striking a ball, puck, etc.: a hockey stick
- something made of sticks, as a racing hurdle
- a sticking, as with a pointed weapon; stab
- anything, as a threat, used in compelling another
- stick shift
- a number of bombs, parachutists, etc. dropped from the air in such a way as to fall in a line across a target area
- Archaic a stoppage, delay, or obstacle
- Informal a dull, stupid, or spiritless person
- ☆ Slang a marijuana cigarette
- Aeron. joystick (sense )
- Naut. a mast or a part of a mast
- Printing a composing stick or its contents
Origin: Middle English stikke from Old English sticca, akin to Dutch stek, Old Norse stik from Indo-European base an unverified form steig-, a point from source stake, Frankish an unverified form stakka, Glassical Greek stigma, Classical Latin instigare, instigate
- to pierce or puncture, as with a pointed instrument
- to kill by piercing; stab
- to pierce something with (a knife, pin, etc.)
- to thrust or push (in, into, out, etc.): to stick one's finger into a hole
- to set with piercing objects: a cushion stuck with pins
- to fasten or attach as by gluing, pinning, etc.: to stick a poster on a wall
- to decorate with things fastened in this way
- to transfix or impale
- to impale (insect specimens, etc.), as on a pin, and mount for exhibit
- to obstruct, entangle, bog down, etc.; also, to detain, delay, etc.: usually used in the passive: the wheels were stuck; we were stuck in town
Origin: < stickthe
- to prop (a vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks
- Printing to set type in a composing stick
- Informal to place; put; set
- Informal to make sticky by smearing
- Informal to puzzle; baffle: to be stuck by a question
- to make pay, often exorbitantly
- to impose a disagreeable task, burden, expense, etc. upon
- to cheat or defraud
- Chiefly Brit., Informal to endure or tolerate
Origin: combination of ME steken, to prick, fasten (< OE stecan) & ME stikien < OE stician, to stick, stab, prick: both akin to the n.
- to be or remain fixed or embedded by a pointed end, as a nail, etc.
- to be or remain attached by adhesion; adhere; cleave
- to remain in the same place; stay; abide: they stick at home
- to remain fixed in the memory
- to remain in effect: to make the charges stick
- to remain in close association; be fixed; cling: friends stick together; the nickname stuck
- to keep close: to stick to a trail
- to persevere; persist: to stick at a job
- to remain firm and resolute; endure: they stuck through thick and thin
- to become fixed, blocked, lodged, etc. as by an obstacle; specif.,
- to become embedded and immovable: a shoe stuck in the mud
- to become unworkable; jam: the gears stuck
- to become stopped or delayed; come to a standstill: a bill stuck in committee
- to be puzzled
- to be reluctant; hesitate; scruple: a person who will stick at nothing
- to protrude, project, or extend (out, up, through, etc.)
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- A long slender piece of wood, especially:a. A branch or stem cut from a tree or shrub.b. A piece of wood, such as a tree branch, that is used for fuel, cut for lumber, or shaped for a specific purpose.c. A wand, staff, baton, or rod.d. Sports & Games Any of various implements shaped like a rod and used in play: a hockey stick.
- A walking stick; a cane.
- Something slender and often cylindrical in form: a stick of dynamite.
- Slang A marijuana cigarette.
- a. The control device of an aircraft that operates the elevators and ailerons.b. Informal A stick shift.
- Nautical A mast or a part of a mast.
- Printing a. A composing stick.b. A stickful.
- a. A group of bombs released to fall across an enemy target in a straight row.b. Slang A group of paratroopers exiting an aircraft in succession.
- A timber tree.
- Informal A piece of furniture.
- A poke, thrust, or stab with a stick or similar object: a stick in the ribs.
- A threatened penalty: using both a carrot and a stick to keep allies in line.
- The condition or power of adhering: a glue with plenty of stick.
- sticks Informal a. A remote area; backwoods: moved to the sticks.b. A city or town regarded as dull or unsophisticated.
- Informal A person regarded as stiff, boring, or spiritless.
- Archaic A difficulty or obstacle; a delay.
- To pierce, puncture, or penetrate with a pointed instrument.
- To kill by piercing.
- To thrust or push (a pointed instrument) into or through another object.
- To fasten into place by forcing an end or point into something: stick a hook on the wall.
- To fasten or attach with or as if with pins, nails, or similar devices.
- To fasten or attach with an adhesive material, such as glue or tape.
- To cover or decorate with objects piercing the surface.
- To fix, impale, or transfix on a pointed object: stick an olive on a toothpick.
- To put, thrust, or push: stuck a flower in his buttonhole.
- To detain or delay.
- past tense and past participle sticked sticked To prop (a plant) with sticks or brush on which to grow.
- past tense and past participle sticked sticked Printing To set (type) in a composing stick.
- Informal To confuse, baffle, or puzzle: Sometimes even simple questions stick me.
- To cover or smear with something sticky.
- Informal To put blame or responsibility on; burden: stuck me with the bill.
- Slang To defraud or cheat: The dealer stuck me with shoddy merchandise.
- To be or become fixed or embedded in place by having the point thrust in.
- To become or remain attached or in close association by or as if by adhesion; cling: stick together in a crowd.
- a. To remain firm, determined, or resolute: stuck to basic principles.b. To remain loyal or faithful: stuck by her through hard times.c. To persist or endure: a bad name that has stuck.
- To scruple or hesitate: She sticks at nothing—no matter how difficult.
- To become fixed, blocked, checked, or obstructed: The drawer stuck and would not open.
- To project or protrude: hair sticking out on his head.
- Sports To throw a jab in boxing.
Origin: Middle English stikke, from Old English sticca; see steig- in Indo-European roots.
stick - Computer Definition
(1) See USB stick.
(2) See Memory Stick.
(3) Slang for memory module. RAM chips for personal computers are typically mounted on a thin, long printed circuit board (see memory module). A "stick of memory" is not the same as a Sony Memory Stick, which is a flash-based storage module for digital cameras (see Memory Stick).
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stick - Phrases/Idioms
on the stickâ
stick byor stick to
stick it out
stick it to someoneSlang
stick to someone's ribsâ
stick up for
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be stuck on
stick it to
stick (one's) neck out
stick to (one's) knitting
stick to (one's) ribs
stick up for