stick

stick [stik]
n.
[ME stikke < OE sticca, akin to Du stek, ON stik < IE base * steig-, a point > STAKE, Frank * stakka, Gr stigma, L instigare, INSTIGATE]
1. a long, usually slender piece of wood; specif.,
a) a twig or small branch broken off or cut off, esp. a dead and dry one
b) a tree branch of any size, used for fuel, etc.
c) a long, slender, and usually tapering piece of wood shaped for a specific purpose, as a wand, staff, club, baton, cane, rod, etc.
2. a stalk, as of celery
3. something shaped like a stick; sticklike piece [a stick of chewing gum]
4. a separate item; article [every stick of furniture]
5. an implement used for striking a ball, puck, etc. [a hockey stick]
6. something made of sticks, as a racing hurdle
7. a sticking, as with a pointed weapon; stab
8. anything, as a threat, used in compelling another
9. short for STICK SHIFT
10. a number of bombs, parachutists, etc. dropped from the air in such a way as to fall in a line across a target area
11. Archaic a stoppage, delay, or obstacle
12. Informal a dull, stupid, or spiritless person
13. Slang a marijuana cigarette
14. Aeron. JOYSTICK (sense 1)
15. Naut. a mast or a part of a mast
16. Printing a composing stick or its contents
vt.
stuck or, for vt. 9, sticked, sticking [combination of ME steken, to prick, fasten (< OE stecan) & ME stikien < OE stician, to stick, stab, prick: both akin to the n.]
1. to pierce or puncture, as with a pointed instrument
2. to kill by piercing; stab
3. to pierce something with (a knife, pin, etc.)
4. to thrust or push (in, into, out, etc.) [to stick one's finger into a hole]
5. to set with piercing objects [a cushion stuck with pins]
6.
a) to fasten or attach as by gluing, pinning, etc. [to stick a poster on a wall]
b) to decorate with things fastened in this way
c) to transfix or impale
d) to impale (insect specimens, etc.), as on a pin, and mount for exhibit
7. 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]
8. [< STICK the n.]
a) to prop (a vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks
b) Printing to set type in a composing stick
9. Informal to place; put; set
10. Informal to make sticky by smearing
11. Informal to puzzle; baffle [to be stuck by a question]
12. Slang
a) to make pay, often exorbitantly
b) to impose a disagreeable task, burden, expense, etc. upon
c) to cheat or defraud
13. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to endure or tolerate
vi.
1. to be or remain fixed or embedded by a pointed end, as a nail, etc.
2. to be or remain attached by adhesion; adhere; cleave
3.
a) to remain in the same place; stay; abide [they stick at home]
b) to remain fixed in the memory
c) to remain in effect [to make the charges stick]
4. to remain in close association; be fixed; cling [friends stick together; the nickname stuck]
5. to keep close [to stick to a trail]
6. to persevere; persist [to stick at a job]
7. to remain firm and resolute; endure [they stuck through thick and thin]
8. to become fixed, blocked, lodged, etc. as by an obstacle; specif.,
a) to become embedded and immovable [a shoe stuck in the mud]
b) to become unworkable; jam [the gears stuck]
c) to become stopped or delayed; come to a standstill [a bill stuck in committee]
9. to be puzzled
10. to be reluctant; hesitate; scruple [a person who will stick at nothing]
11. to protrude, project, or extend (out, up, through, etc.)
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☆ on the stick
Slang alert, efficient, etc.
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stick around
Slang to stay near at hand; not go away
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stick by or stick to
to remain faithful or loyal to
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stick it out
Slang to carry on or endure something until it is ended
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stick it to someone Slang
to harshly criticize, punish, or retaliate against someone
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☆ stick to someone's ribs
to be nourishing and satisfying: said of food
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stick up
Slang to commit armed robbery upon
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stick up for
Informal to support; uphold; defend
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☆ the sticks
Informal the rural districts; hinterland
SYN.- STICK is the simple, general term here, implying attachment by gluing or fastening together in any way, by close association, etc. [to stick a stamp on a letter, to stick to a subject ]; ADHERE implies firm attachment and, of persons, denotes voluntary allegiance or devotion as to an idea, cause, or leader [to adhere to a policy ]; COHERE implies such close sticking together of parts as to form a single mass [glue made the particles of sawdust cohere]; CLING implies attachment by embracing, entwining, or grasping with the arms, tendrils, etc. [a vine clinging to the trellis ]; CLEAVE2 is a poetic or lofty term implying a very close, firm attachment [my tongue cleaved to the roof of my mouth; Ruth cleaved to Naomi ] –ANT. PART2, DETACH, SEPARATE

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