- a group of bombs so arranged as to be released in a row across a target.
- the bomb load.
verb (used with object), sticked, stick·ing.
- stick around,
- stick at,
- stick by,
- stick down,
- stick figure
Origin of stick1
verb (used with object), stuck, stick·ing.
verb (used without object), stuck, stick·ing.
Origin of stick2
Examples from the Web for stick
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And for Larry Flynt, this might be a monumental opportunity to stick it to the dictator the best way he knows how.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment|Aurora Snow|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His decision to stick to his convictions on Thursday is no doubt positive news for them.Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba Deal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In short, Pakistan is an aggrieved state that got the short end of the stick when Partition happened.
“Telling employees to stick to authorized legal boundaries is a good thing,” he said Wednesday when asked about the quote.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me|Kimberly Dozier|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
William pressed into one of his hands a stick of liquorice and into the other a packet of chocolate.Just William|Richmal Crompton
I'll put two or three over the organ, and stick some round the monuments.A harum-scarum schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
A stick broke under him with a snap, there was a sudden rustling in the bushes, and Sid uttered a cry of dismay.A Quarter-Back's Pluck|Lester Chadwick
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
The thought of Gideon's stick, the feel of his heavy hand upon his shoulder, were with him as of yore.Lewis Rand|Mary Johnston
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purposea walking stick; a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- verbal abuse, criticismI got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
verb sticks, sticking or sticked
Word Origin for stick
verb sticks, sticking or stuck
Word Origin for stick
Old English sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. Old Norse stik, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- (cf. Latin in-stigare "to goad;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").
Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Transitive sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude bit of advice is first recorded 1922.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stick
- stick around
- stick at
- stick by
- stick in one's craw
- stick it
- stick it to someone
- stick one's neck out
- stick out
- stick to
- stick together
- stick to one's guns
- stick to one's last
- stick to the ribs
- stick up
- stick up for
- stick with
- sticky fingers
- carrot and stick
- get on the stick
- make stick
- more than one can shake a stick at
- short end of the stick
- stand (stick) up for
- wrong end of the stick
Also see understuck.