Definitions of stick

  1. To adhere; to cling fast to; to stop; to be impeded; to hesitate; to be stopped; to be embarrassed. To stick to, to adhere closely. To stick upon, to dwell upon. To stick out, to project.
  2. To push or thrust so as to penetrate something; as, to stick a pin in a cushion; pierce with a pointed instrument; as, to stick a finger with a pin; stab; kill by thrusting a pointed instrument through; as, to stick pigs; to push or poke; as, to stick out one's foot; cause to adhere.
  3. To stab: to thrust in: to fasten by piercing: to fix in: to set with something pointed: to cause to adhere.
  4. To stab; fix in; cause to adhere.
  5. To fix in place by inserting.
  6. To attach by some adhesive substance.
  7. To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; - usually with on, at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
  8. To be held or fixed by being thrust in; as, a pin sticks in a cushion; be pushed outward or forward; protrude; with up, out, from, through; to hold to a surface; adhere; as, dough sticks to the hands; cling closely; as, to stick to a cause; to be stopped from going farther; as, the cart stuck in the mud; be puzzled; hesitate: with at; as, he will stick at nothing to gain his ends.
  9. To adhere; remain fixed; be hindered.
  10. stick to firmly; " Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
  11. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; " They stuck me with the dinner bill"; " I was stung with a huge tax bill"
  12. pierce with a thrust
  13. pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; " He stuck the needle into his finger"
  14. pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; " he stuck the cloth with the needle"
  15. fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something; " stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
  16. fasten with or as with pins or nails; " stick the photo onto the corkboard"
  17. fasten with an adhesive material like glue; " stick the poster onto the wall"
  18. cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface; " stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
  19. endure; " The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
  20. be or become fixed; " The door sticks-- we will have to plane it"
  21. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber.
  22. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
  23. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
  24. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick.
  25. A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
  26. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
  27. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
  28. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
  29. To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve.
  30. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
  31. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
  32. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
  33. To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner.
  34. To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
  35. To run or plane ( moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
  36. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
  37. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
  38. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
  39. To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely.
  40. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
  41. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
  42. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
  43. To be held by being thrust in.
  44. To protrude; with out, through, and from.
  45. To cleave to a surface; stay attached.
  46. To be stopped, perplexed, or disconcerted.
  47. To pierce; to stab; to kill by piercing; to thrust in; to fasten; to set; to fix in; to set with something pointed; to fix on something pointed.
  48. To pierce; to stab; to fix in or on; to hold or cleave to; to adhere closely; to remain, as in the memory; to be hindered from proceeding; to be constant or firm; to resist efforts to remove; to scruple; to hesitate.
  49. Sticking.
  50. a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
  51. implement consisting of a length of wood; " he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; " the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
  52. a small thin branch of a tree
  53. A small branch or shoot cut off a tree; a long, thin piece of wood; something similar in shape to such a piece; as, a stick of candy; a rod or wand to be held in the hand, as a cane.
  54. Sticker.
  55. A piece of wood of indefinite size and shape, generally long and rather slender; a branch of a tree or shrub cut or broken off; a piece of wood chopped for burning or cut for any purpose; as, to gather sticks in a wood; " He that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove."- Shak.; " And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day."- Num. xv. 32: a rod or wand; a staff; a walking- stick; as, he never goes out without his stick; anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of sealing- wax: a contemptuous term applied to an awkward or incompetent person; " He is a stick at letters."- Cornhill Mag.: in printing, an instrument in which types are composed in words, and the words arranged to the required length of the lines. Called also COMPOSING- STICK: a thrust with a pointed instrument that penetrates a body; a stab.
  56. Rod or branch of wood; staff.
  57. A piece of wood that is long, comparedwith its breadth and thickness; a rod, wand, or cane.
  58. Print. A metal frame in which type is composed.
  59. A penetrating thrust; stab.
  60. A small shoot or branch cut off a tree; a long slender piece of wood or other material; a thrust with a pointed instrument that penetrates the body; a stab.
  61. A long, small, piece of wood; a tem or branch of a tree cut for fuel; a rod; a stab; a thrust or sharp blow with a pointed instr.