Definitions of stick

  1. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; " The dress clings to her body"; " The label stuck to the box"; " The sushi rice grains cohere"
  2. stick to firmly; " Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
  3. a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
  4. fix, force, or implant; " lodge a bullet in the table"
  5. stay put ( in a certain place); " We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; " Stay put in the corner here!"; " Stick around and you will learn something!"
  6. threat of a penalty; " the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"
  7. implement consisting of a length of wood; " he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; " the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
  8. a small thin branch of a tree
  9. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; " They stuck me with the dinner bill"; " I was stung with a huge tax bill"
  10. pierce with a thrust
  11. pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; " He stuck the needle into his finger"
  12. pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; " he stuck the cloth with the needle"
  13. fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something; " stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
  14. fasten with or as with pins or nails; " stick the photo onto the corkboard"
  15. fasten with an adhesive material like glue; " stick the poster onto the wall"
  16. cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface; " stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
  17. be a devoted follower or supporter; " The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; " She sticks to her principles"
  18. endure; " The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
  19. be or become fixed; " The door sticks-- we will have to plane it"
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
  23. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick.
  24. A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
  25. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
  26. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
  27. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
  28. 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.
  29. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
  30. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
  31. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
  32. 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.
  33. To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
  34. To run or plane ( moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
  35. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
  36. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
  37. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
  38. 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.
  39. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
  40. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
  41. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
  42. To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; - usually with on, at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Sticker.
  47. Sticking.
  48. 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.
  49. To stab: to thrust in: to fasten by piercing: to fix in: to set with something pointed: to cause to adhere.
  50. Rod or branch of wood; staff.
  51. To adhere; remain fixed; be hindered.
  52. To stab; fix in; cause to adhere.
  53. To fix in place by inserting.
  54. To be held by being thrust in.
  55. To protrude; with out, through, and from.
  56. To attach by some adhesive substance.
  57. To cleave to a surface; stay attached.
  58. To be stopped, perplexed, or disconcerted.
  59. A piece of wood that is long, comparedwith its breadth and thickness; a rod, wand, or cane.
  60. Print. A metal frame in which type is composed.
  61. A penetrating thrust; stab.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.

Usage examples for stick

  1. One of them said that he found a stick, and that when he struck a door with it, that door would spring open. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  2. Why can't they stick to one line? – Watersprings by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. Go to the head o' the class an' don't forget to remember to stick there. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  4. Two months at a time I've seen 'em stick away. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  5. I was just thinkin' that we'll stick pretty close to John to- morrow, eh? – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney
  6. " No, I guess we'll stick to this one," Phil decided. – Lucile Triumphant by Elizabeth M. Duffield
  7. The man who says 'I stick right here no matter what the other fellow's got, ' is the kind I warm to." – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  8. You heard what Sam says, Aaron, and me, I stick to it also. – The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass
  9. I am going to stick to her, as you did to my mother; and for just as long, if it must be so. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  10. Do not stick your head over too far. – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  11. I's a- goin' for a stick of wood! – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
  12. She will stick to it if he does." – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  13. He has set to work now, and he shall stick to it, or I'll know the reason why! – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. He could not stick to the author's lines even for one night. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  15. Don't you see that stick of wood? – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  16. He said she must take the best man, and one laughed and said that if we meant to get up we'd better stick to him. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  17. He may have really meant to turn around and be friends with us, but I don't think he can stick to a promise. – A Campfire Girl's Test of Friendship by Jane L. Stewart
  18. He married Sadie for her money, and now he hasn't sense enough to stick to her. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss