stick

A stick is either a short length of wood—part of a tree branch—or an implement made of wood, like a hockey stick, a walking stick, or the sticks you use to play a drum.

There's also the much shorter popsicle stick or lollipop stick, as well as an airplane pilot's joy stick, a stick of butter, and a long, thin piece of something, like a stick of dynamite or cinnamon. As a verb, stick means "pierce," "fix," or "stay." So you can stick a pin in a balloon, stick a sticker on a window, or stick around your classroom after math class is over.

Definitions of stick
  1. noun
    a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
    “cinnamon sticks
    “a stick of dynamite”
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    implement
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  2. noun
    an implement consisting of a length of wood
    “he collected dry sticks for a campfire”
    “the kid had a candied apple on a stick
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    bow
    a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
    club
    stout stick that is larger at one end
    divining rod, dowser, dowsing rod, water finder, waterfinder
    forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil
    drumstick
    a stick used for playing a drum
    linstock
    a stick about a meter long with a point on one end (to stick in the ground) and a forked head on the other end (to hold a lighted match); formerly used to fire cannons
    matchstick
    a short thin stick of wood used in making matches
    mahlstick, maulstick
    a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush
    backsword, fencing stick, singlestick
    a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
    spindle
    a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
    staff
    a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
    stob
    a short straight stick of wood
    swizzle stick
    a small stick used to stir mixed drinks
    walking stick
    a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
    alpenstock
    a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
    bat
    a club used for hitting a ball in various games
    baton
    a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
    bludgeon
    a club used as a weapon
    cane
    a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
    crook, shepherd's crook
    a long staff with one end being hook shaped
    crutch
    a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
    cudgel
    a club that is used as a weapon
    distaff
    the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
    fiddlestick, violin bow
    a bow used in playing the violin
    flagpole, flagstaff
    a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised
    Indian club
    a bottle-shaped club used in exercises
    knobkerrie, knobkerry
    a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa
    lathee, lathi
    club consisting of a heavy stick (often bamboo) bound with iron; used by police in India
    hammer, mallet
    a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
    pikestaff
    the staff of a pike
    quarterstaff
    a long stout staff used as a weapon
    supplejack
    walking stick made from the wood of an American tropical vine
    baton, billy, billy club, billystick, nightstick, truncheon
    a short stout club used primarily by police officers
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    implement
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  3. noun
    a small thin branch of a tree
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    limb, tree branch
    any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
  4. noun
    a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
    synonyms: control stick, joystick
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    lever
    a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
  5. noun
    a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
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    hockey stick
    sports implement consisting of a stick used by hockey players to move the puck
    polo mallet, polo stick
    a mallet used to strike the ball in polo
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    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  6. noun
    informal terms for the leg
    “fever left him weak on his sticks
    synonyms: peg, pin
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    leg
    a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
  7. noun
    threat of a penalty
    “the policy so far is all stick and no carrot”
  8. verb
    put, fix, force, or implant
    synonyms: deposit, lodge, wedge
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    dislodge, free
    remove or force out from a position
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    redeposit
    deposit anew
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  9. verb
    pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
    “He stuck the needle into his finger”
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    pierce, thrust
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  10. verb
    pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
    “he stuck the cloth with the needle”
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    pierce, thrust
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  11. verb
    stay put (in a certain place)
    Stick around and you will learn something!”
    synonyms: stay, stay put, stick around
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    move
    change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
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    stay in place
    be stationary
  12. verb
    be or become fixed
    “The door sticks--we will have to plane it”
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  13. verb
    cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
    stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  14. verb
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    “The label stuck to the box”
    synonyms: adhere, cleave, cling, cohere
    adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick to
    stick to firmly
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    mold
    fit tightly, follow the contours of
    conglutinate
    stick together
    agglutinate
    clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
    haemagglutinate, hemagglutinate
    cause the clumping together (of red blood cells)
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    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  15. verb
    stick to firmly
    synonyms: adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick to
    adhere, cleave, cling, cohere
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
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    bind
    form a chemical bond with
    ligate
    bind chemically
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    attach
    become attached
  16. verb
    fasten with an adhesive material like glue
    stick the poster onto the wall”
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    adhere, cleave, cling, cohere
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
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    fasten
    become fixed or fastened
  17. verb
    fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
    stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress”
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    fasten
    become fixed or fastened
  18. verb
    fasten with or as with pins or nails
    stick the photo onto the corkboard”
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    fasten
    become fixed or fastened
  19. verb
    be loyal to
    “The friends stuck together through the war”
    synonyms: adhere, stand by, stick by
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  20. verb
    be a devoted follower or supporter
    “She sticks to her principles”
    synonyms: adhere
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    adopt, espouse, follow
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  21. verb
    endure
    “The label stuck to her for the rest of her life”
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    persist, remain, stay
    stay behind
  22. verb
    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
    “They stuck me with the dinner bill”
    synonyms: sting
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    force, thrust
    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
  23. noun
    a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
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    margarin, margarine, marge, oleo, oleomargarine
    a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter
    butter
    an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use
  24. noun
    marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
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    butt, cigaret, cigarette, coffin nail, fag
    finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
  25. verb
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    “This question really stuck me”
    synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stupefy, vex
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    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    riddle
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist
    elude, especially in a baffling way
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    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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