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Definition of Stick


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
  4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick.
  5. A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
  6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
  7. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
  8. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
  9. 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.
  10. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
  11. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
  12. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
  13. 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.
  14. To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
  15. To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
  16. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
  17. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
  18. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
  19. 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.
  20. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
  21. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
  22. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.

Stick Quotations

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'.
Dan Rather

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.
Henry Rollins

I think music is so diverse today, and bands are so diverse. If you were a rock band in the Eighties, you kind of had to stick to one thing. Now, in this age of Coachella and European festivals and stuff, it's kind of anything goes, so that allowed us to try different things.
Dexter Holland

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. - Theodore Roosevelt
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Theodore Roosevelt
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Stick Translations

stick in Afrikaans is stok, plak
stick in Dutch is kleven, vastkleven, aanhangen
stick in Finnish is keppi, liimata
stick in Italian is incollare, bastone, ficcare
stick in Latin is talea, virga
stick in Norwegian is stokk
stick in Portuguese is solfar, vara
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