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