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steer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /stɪə(r)/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English stēor, from Proto-Germanic *steuraz.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The castrate male of cattle, especially one raised for beef production.
    • 1913, Willa Cather, , He counted the cattle over and over. It diverted him to speculate as to how much weight each of the steers would probably put on by spring.
Synonyms: ox
hypernyms:
  • cattle
coordinate terms:
  • bull, calf, cow
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To castrate (a male calf).
etymology 2 From Old English stieran, from Proto-Germanic *stiurijaną.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A suggestion about a course of action.
    • The Roaring Twenties , Mark Hellinger , 1939 , “I tried to give you the steer, but I guess I didn't get it over. Everybody knew it but you. ”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel). When planning the boat trip we had completely forgotten that we needed somebody to steer.
    • Sir Galahad , Lord Alfred Tennyson , 1842 , “I leap on board: no helmsman steers: I float till all is dark. ”
  2. (transitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel). I find it very difficult to steer a skateboard. I steered my steps homeward.
  3. (intransitive) To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm. The boat steers easily.
    • Paradise Lost, Book 9 , John Milton , 1667 , “Where the wind / Veers oft, as oft [a ship] so steers, and shifts her sail. ”
  4. (transitive) To direct a group of animal.
  5. (transitive) To maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action. Hume believes that principles of association steer the imagination of artists.
  6. (transitive) To direct a conversation.
  7. To conduct oneself; to take or pursue a course of action.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A helmsman; a pilot. {{rfquotek}}
anagrams:
  • ester, estre, reset, Reset, stere, stree, terse, trees
steering wheel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wheel-shaped control that is rotate by the driver to steer, existing in most modern land vehicle.
related terms:
  • behind the wheel
  • take the wheel
steezy etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈstiːzi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) {{rfc-def}} Easily stylish; (marked by) exhibiting style with ease.
    • 2000 January 24th, Brian Jackson, alt.skate-board (): shoesWtImEndTag[@i](), 8:00am Osiris- too steezy for my tastes, I don’t like the look their shoes have
    • 2000 August 10th, Brian Jackson, alt.skate-board (Google group): interesting stuff i got to say that isnt really interesting, 7:00am That song is ok, I’m sort of bored with it now but its pretty cool when you first hear it, sort of cheezy (or steezy?).
    • 2009 October 14th, Shift, Longboard-Atlanta (Google group): Beast Coast Longboarding 2010 SeasonWtImEndTag[@i](), 1:12am Not to mention GA riders could compete with the best the East Coast has to offer; racing against the fastest and steeziest riders around.
    • 2010 November 18th, daniel, UC Davis Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team (Google group): a little market research in regards to the sweatshirtsWtImEndTag[@i](), 6:48pm So basically I want to make sure as many people as possible get sweatshirts because (a) you’ll be the steeziest kid on your block / floor / chair lift and (b) its definitely and ego boost to see people wearing something you made.
steg
etymology 1 Shortening of steganography.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To conceal (data) by means of steganography.
    • 1994, "Virtual Bob", Crypto Maniac (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.mac.programmer) Stego rasterizes the image, then stegs data into the least significant bit (or LSB) of each of the RGB color values.
    • 2002, "the Pull", getting started (on Internet newsgroup alt.fan.cult-dead-cow) Another project being worked on is stegging banned religious books from every language and putting them on the web.
    • 2004, David Clarke, Technology and terrorism It has become an article of faith that bin Laden and his associates routinely communicate through stegged messages posted on pornographic Web sites.
    • 2008, "Steve Walker", Sick evil perverted pedos now helping terrorists. (on Internet newsgroup uk.legal) Sounds like nonsense to me - if you're going to pass stegged files there's plenty of anonymous dropfile sites, no need to use CP facilities which are likely to be subject to extra law enforcement, surveillance and site takedowns etc.
etymology 2 From an Icelandic word for the male of several animals. Compare stag. Alternative forms: stag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A gander. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
anagrams:
  • gest, gets, tegs
Steggy Alternative forms: Steggie etymology From a clipping of Stegosaurus + y.
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal) An endearing diminutive name given to an individual Stegosaurus.
stegosauri
noun: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, usually, humorous, rare) plural of stegosaurus
    • 1977, Writing, Maths & Games in the Open Classroom, Methuen, p. 76: They had plastic sabre-toothed tigers, tyrannosauri, brontosauri and stegosauri.
    • 1999 July 24, John Woodgate, <j...@jmwa.demon.co.uk>, "Re: How do I change the quote character?", demon.ip.support.turnpike, Usenet: Pardon? It's a well-known fact that all female stegosauri (stegosaurae) were called Glenys.
    • 2000 October 21, "DiLithiumXtals", <dilithiumxt...@aol.com>, "Re: Stegosaur Stomps Darwin", alt.fan.rush-limbaugh, Usenet: Right....cats, like stegosauri, have spiked tails they use as weapons.
    • 2006, May, , "The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze" (Movie review): By Part VIII, the valley is obviously accessible because a herd of stegosauri ("spiketails") is passing through.
    • 2007, Jasper Fforde, First Amongst Sequels, Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 978-0-340-83574-6, p. 182: Harris Tweed tried it next and was nearly trampled by a herd of angry stegosauri.
stem siren
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, dated, early 1900s) prostitute Trust me, that stem siren had it coming.
stenog etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, informal) A stenographer.
    • 1913, Everybody's Magazine (volume 28) When a girl's a young lady she's got to have a good supply of fresh skirts and clean shirt-waists. Men like to see their stenogs dressed clean and pretty.
    • 1925, The National Druggist (volume 55) The very stenogs who had scorned them before wanted them now.
    • 1940, John O'Hara, Pal Joey As I said before I had cased this mouse and she was pretty but I knew she was no society debutante. Probably a stenog out of work but very cute.
anagrams:
  • gets on, G-notes, g notes, g-notes
stepbro etymology step + bro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stepbrother, implying affection.
stepdad etymology step + dad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stepfather, implying affection.
stepdaddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) stepfather
stepdaughter etymology step + daughter pronunciation
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The daughter of one's spouse and not of one's self.
Synonyms: stepchild
stepkid etymology step + kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) stepchild
    • {{quote-news}}
stepmother etymology Old English steopmodor, corresponding to step + mother. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɛpmʌðə/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The wife of one's biological father, other than one's biological mother.
  2. (rare) A viola, especially Viola tricolor, heartsease.
    • 1974, Thomas Teal, translating Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, Sort Of Books 2003, p. 115: The second came up about ten days later in the lee of the channel marker, and it was called stepmother, or love-in-idelness.
In Western heterosexual couples, this is typically after after the divorce or death of the birth mother; in polygamous marriages and lesbian couples, the term may be used for co-mother or nonbirth mother Synonyms: stepmom
hypernyms:
  • stepparent
step on a duck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) To fart. (after a fart) Whoa! Did somebody step on a duck?
Synonyms: See also
stepsis etymology Diminitive of stepsister, step + sis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stepsister, implying affection.
anagrams:
  • pissest
stepson etymology step + son pronunciation
  • /ˈstɛpsʌn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The son of one's spouse by a previous partner.
Synonyms: stepchild
related terms:
  • stepbrother
  • stepdaughter
  • stepfather
  • stepmother
  • stepsister
anagrams:
  • topness
-ster etymology From Middle English -ster, -estere, from Old English -estre, from Proto-Germanic *-istrijǭ, *-astrijǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *-is-ter-. Cognate with Old High German -astria, gml -ester, Dutch -ster.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Someone who is, or who is associated with, or who does something specified.
  2. (humorous, sometimes, offensive) A diminutive appended to a person's name.
    • 1992, Russell Baker, "Observer; Pretty Good Read" (review of What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer), New York Times, 25 Jul., Cramer's exploration of the hearts, minds and souls of America's ambition-crazed Presidential candidates moves ahead at a pace that feels childishly frantic . . . . This is not just because it keeps referring to Senator Robert Dole as "the Bobster."
  • Relatively uncommon for agent nouns, compared to more usual -er and -or; primarily used for single-syllable words. Also informal, particularly in contemporary productive use – compare hipster, scenester, bankster; older terms such as barrister do not have this casual connotation, however.
  • Sometimes used in proper names, e.g. Napster (file-sharing software), Blockster (Brandon Block, disc jockey).
Synonyms: -er, -or
stercoranist etymology Latin stercoranista, from Latin stercus, -oris, dung.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, derogatory) One who holds that the consecrated element in the Eucharist undergo the process of digestion in the body of the recipient.
{{Webster 1913}}
stercorianism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, derogatory) The doctrine or belief of the stercoranist.
stew pronunciation
  • (AusE) /stʃʉː/
  • (UK) /stjuː/, /stʃuː/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /stu/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Old French estuve (modern French étuve), from Malayalam stupha, perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek τῦφος 〈tŷphos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A cooking-dish used for boiling; a cauldron. {{defdate}}
  2. (now historical) A heated bath-room or steam-room; also, a hot bath. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And when he came to the chamber there as this lady was the dores of yron vnlocked and vnbolted / And so syr launcelot wente in to the chambre that was as hote as ony stewe / And there syr launcelot toke the fayrest lady by the hand / that euer he sawe / and she was naked as a nedel
  3. (archaic) A brothel. {{defdate}}
    • 1681, John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel And rak'd, for converts, even the court and stews.
    • 1835, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Sir James Mackintosh Because he was chaste, the precinct of his temple is filled with licensed stews.
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society, 2006, p.37: Although whores were permitted to sit at the door of the stew, they could not solicit in any way nor ‘chide or throw stones’ at passers-by.
  4. (obsolete) A prostitute. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (uncountable, countable) A dish cooked by stewing. {{defdate}}
    • 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wordsworth Classics, 1998, p.367: I noticed then that there was nothing to drink on the table but brandy, and nothing to eat but salted herrings, and a hot, sickly, highly peppered stew.
  6. (Sussex) A pool in which fish are kept in preparation for eating.
  7. (US, regional) An artificial bed of oyster.
  8. (slang) A state of agitated excitement, worry, and/or confusion. exampleto be in a stew
Synonyms: (food) casserole, (British) hotpot
coordinate terms:
  • casserole
  • cassoulet
  • goulash
  • ragout
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive or intransitive or ergative) To cook (food) by slowly boil or simmer. I'm going to stew some meat for the casserole. The meat is stewing nicely.
  2. (transitive) To brew (tea) for too long, so that the flavour becomes too strong.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To suffer under uncomfortably hot condition.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To be in a state of elevated anxiety or anger.
Synonyms: (suffer under hot conditions) bake, boil, sweat, swelter, (be in a state of elevated anxiety) brood, fret, sweat, worry
etymology 2 Abbreviation of steward or stewardess.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A steward or stewardess on an airplane.
    • 1975 November 3, , "The Perils of Maureen", , volume 8, number 44, page 8 : And then, working as a stew for American Airlines, Mo met another older man….
    • 1991, , , 1992 edition, ISBN 0425184226, page 480 : "…We want to know what he's going to be saying on his airplane." "I don't have the legs to dress up as a stew, doc. Besides, I never learned to do the tea ceremony, either."
    • 1992 January, Skip Hollandsworth, "Doing the Hustle", , ISSN 0148-7736, volume 20, issue 1, page 52 : Dallas was also becoming known as a "stew zoo" because so many flight attendants were relocating there to work for Southwest, Braniff, and American Airlines.
anagrams:
  • west, West
  • wets
stewardess
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female steward
  2. A female flight attendant
Synonyms: air hostess, cart tart (pejorative), sky girl (slang), trolley dolly (pejorative)
hypernyms:
  • flight attendant
  • steward
stewardii etymology Facetiously after the Latin second-declension plural of words in -ius.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (humorous or nonstandard) plural of stewardess
    • 1982, William Edmund Butterworth, Moose, the Thing, and Me, p. 117: "He's flying all over, all the time. He must have met two thousand stewardesses." "Stewardii," Einstein corrected me.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, p. 13: Doc still had to edge his way past a line of "B₁₂"-deficient customers which already stretched back to the parking lot, beachtown housewives of a certain melancholy index, actors with casting calls to show up at, deeply tanned geezers looking ahead to an active day of schmoozing in the sun, stewardii just in off some high-stress red-eye [...].
    • 2010, Shreveport Times, 15 Aug 2010, : 'Attendant' sounds like something a horse would have. Or a bathroom. We were stewardesses. Or stewardii, as I preferred.
STFU
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet, vulgar) Shut the fuck up; emphatic and vulgar form of shut up.
  2. (US, historical) Southern Tenant Farmers Union.
anagrams:
  • fust
STFW
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Internet, pejorative) abbreviation of search the fucking Web
  • As with similar abbreviations, this can be said to stand for such things as or by those who prefer not to use fucking.
Synonyms: GIYF, JFGI
STHU
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) shut the hell up; emphatic form of shut up!
anagrams:
  • huts
  • shut
  • thus
  • tush
stick {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, [stɪk]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English stikke, from Old English sticca, from Proto-Germanic *stikkô, from Proto-Indo-European *steig- or *stig-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An elongated piece of wood or similar material, typically put to some use, for example as a wand or baton.
    1. A small, thin branch from a tree or bush; a twig; a branch. {{jump}} exampleThe beaver's dam was made out of sticks.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bird's nest was made out of sticks.
      • {{quote-magazine}}
    2. A relatively long, thin piece of wood, of any size. {{jump}} exampleI found several good sticks in the brush heap.&nbsp;&nbsp; What do you call a boomerang that won't come back? A stick.
      • {{quote-news}}
    3. (US) A timber board, especially a two by four (inches). exampleI found enough sticks in dumpsters at construction sites to build my shed.
    4. A cane or walking stick (usually wooden, metal or plastic) to aid in walk. {{jump}} exampleI don’t need my stick to walk, but it’s helpful.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.”
    5. A cudgel or truncheon (usually of wood, metal or plastic), especially one carried by police or guards. exampleAs soon as the fight started, the guards came in swinging their sticks.
    6. (carpentry) The vertical member of a cope-and-stick joint.
      • Building Interior Doors, Taunton Press, [http://books.google.com/books?id=pnqqL6c3Zp4C Doors], page 82, 1561582042 , “When cutting the door parts, I cut all the copes first, then the sticks.”
    7. (figuratively) A piece (of furniture, especially if wooden). {{jump}} exampleWe were so poor we didn't have one stick of furniture.
      • printed in Harper's New Monthly Magazine Vol. XXV, [http://books.google.com/books?id=M3MCAAAAIAAJ The Adventures of Philip], page 242 , “It is more than poor Philip is worth, with all his savings and his little sticks of furniture.”
  2. Any roughly cylindrical (or rectangular) unit of a substance. {{jump}} exampleSealing wax is available as a cylindrical or rectangular stick.
    1. (chiefly, North America) A small rectangular block, with a length several times its width, which contains by volume one half of a cup of shortening (butter, margarine or lard). exampleThe recipe calls for half a stick of butter.
    2. A standard rectangular (often thin) piece of chewing gum. {{jump}} exampleDon’t hog all that gum, give me a stick!
    3. (slang) A cigarette (usually a tobacco cigarette, less often a marijuana cigarette). {{jump}} exampleCigarettes are taxed at one dollar per stick.
  3. Material or objects attached to a stick or the like.
    1. A bunch of something wrap around or attached to a stick. (US) exampleMy parents bought us each a stick of cotton candy.
    2. (archaic) A scroll that is rolled around (mounted on, attached to) a stick.
      • King James Version, Book of Ezekiel 37:16 , “Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it…”
    3. (military) The structure to which a set of bomb in a bomber aircraft are attached and which drops the bombs when it is released. The bombs themselves and, by extension, any load of similar items dropped in quick succession such as paratrooper or containers. {{jump}}
      • page 70, 085052797X, “Scores of transport planes streamed in to drop stick after stick of containers until the entire sky over the coast was polka-dotted with brightly coloured parachutes.”
      • [http://books.google.com/books?id=of4lqiSlYg8C Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World], 0811733386, page 200 , “A stick of bombs fell straight across Wotton; blew up half a dozen houses.”
      • page 48, [http://books.google.com/books?id=zRSh5jdFpkUC From Here to There], 1411675401 , “James and I were in the same stick of five guys going through free fall school last September.”
  4. A tool, control, or instrument shaped somewhat like a stick.
    1. (US, colloquial) A manual transmission, a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission, so called because of the stick-like, i.e. twig-like, control (the gear shift) with which the driver of such a vehicle controls its transmission. {{jump}} exampleI grew up driving a stick, but many people my age didn’t.
      1. (US, colloquial, uncountable) Vehicles, collectively, equipped with manual transmissions. exampleI grew up driving stick, but many people my age didn't.
    2. (aviation) The control column of an aircraft; a joystick. {{jump}} (By convention, a wheel-like control mechanism with a handgrip on opposite sides, similar to the steering wheel ofan automobiles, is also called the &quot;stick&quot;.)
    3. (aviation, uncountable) Use of the stick to control the aircraft.
      • page 47 , “For example: in making a turn, should you throw on too much stick and not enough rudder, you'll sideslip.”
    4. (computing) A memory stick.
      • {{quote-news}}
    5. (dated, metal typesetting) A composing stick, the tool used by compositor to assemble lines of type.
      • [http://books.google.com/books?id=qJIDAAAAQAAJ The Compositor's Handbook], page 125 , “…although the headings may often be in other type, still, as these are composed in the same stick, they cannot fail to justify;…”
    6. (jazz, slang) The clarinet. (more often called the liquorice stick) {{jump}}
      • Deep Sea Rider, Charles Harvey , “Arsene, boy, ain't you worried about your clarinet? Where'd you leave that stick, man?”
  5. (sports) A stick-like item:
    1. (sports, generically) A long thin implement used to control a ball or puck in sports like hockey, polo, and lacrosse. {{jump}} exampleTripping with the stick is a violation of the rules.
    2. (horse racing) The short whip carried by a jockey.
    3. (boardsports) A board as used in board sports, such as a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard.
    4. (golf) The pole bearing a small flag that marks the hole. {{jump}} exampleHis wedge shot bounced off the stick and went in the hole.
    5. (US, slang, uncountable) The cue used in billiards, pool, snooker, etc. exampleHis stroke with that two-piece stick is a good as anybody's in the club.
      1. The game of pool, or an individual pool game. exampleHe shoots a mean stick of pool.
        • page 74, [http://books.google.com/books?id=Slbz8kE-QfoC New York Breweries], 081172817X, “Come in, have a good time, drink some beer, shoot some stick, listen to some music.”
  6. (sports, uncountable) Ability; specifically:
    1. (golf) The long-range driving ability of a golf club.
      • [http://books.google.com/books?id=m7RaAAAAMAAJ The Rub of the Green], page 219, “I doubted that the three iron was enough stick.”
    2. (baseball) The potential hitting power of a specific bat.
    3. (baseball) General hitting ability.
      • {{quote-news}}
    4. (hockey) The potential accuracy of a hockey stick, implicating also the player using it.
  7. (slang, dated) A person or group of people. (Perhaps, in some senses, because people are, broadly speaking, tall and thin, like pieces of wood.)
    • [http://books.google.com/books?id=EDU_AAAAIAAJ The Presence of Music: Three Novellas], page 54 , “Your father's a great old stick. He's really been very good to me.”
    1. A thin or wiry person; particularly a flat-chested woman.
      • page 39, [http://books.google.com/books?id=WuZCAAAAIAAJ Rakóssy] , “"She's a stick, this one. She lacks your—" he patted her left breast— "equipment."”
    2. (magic) An assistant plant in the audience. {{jump}}
      • page 255, [http://books.google.com/books?id=bfk-nU-bJkgC The Spirit Cabinet] , “The kid was a stick, a plant, a student from UNLV who picked up a few bucks nightly by saying the words "seven of hearts."”
    3. (military aviation, from joystick) A fighter pilot.
      • page 30, [http://books.google.com/books?id=agQyH1y_4q4C, 0312979622 Fast Movers: America's Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience] , “Bill Kirk, described by Robin as a "hell of a stick," didn't even attend college until after the Vietnam War.”
    4. (military, South Africa) A small group of (infantry) soldier.
      • page 245, [http://books.google.com/books?id=5EanTB6yyI8C Persona Non Grata], 1430304774 , “I remember when we dreaded the rain, as our stick of soldiers walked through the damp, tick-infested long grass of the Zambezi valley,…”
  8. Encouragement or punishment, or (resulting) vigour or other improved behavior.
    1. A negative stimulus or a punishment. (This sense derives from the metaphor of using a stick, a long piece of wood, to poke or beat a beast of burden to compel it to move forward. Compare carrot.)
      • {{quote-news}}
    2. (slang, uncountable) Corporal punishment; beating.
      • page 69, 190155709X, [http://books.google.com/books?id=8c26i6lLqsQC A Wicked Fist] , “The child killers got some stick. I saw a woman throw a basin of scalding water over a baby killer.”
    3. (slang) Vigor; spirit; effort, energy, intensity. exampleHe really gave that digging some stick. = he threw himself into the task of digging exampleShe really gave that bully some stick. = she berated him (this sense melts into the previous sense, &quot;punishment&quot;) exampleGive it some stick!
      • page 185, [http://books.google.com/books?id=jKw9AAAAIAAJ Sam Chard], 071000219X , “'Choir gave it some stick on "Unto Us a Son is Born."' ¶ Cynthia nodded. ¶ 'It was always one of Russell's favourites. He makes them try hard on that.'”
    4. (slang) Vigorous driving of a car; gas.
      • page 163, [http://books.google.com/books?id=CaGJb0A_alsC Waiting for Red], 1905237553 , “Skunk really gave it some stick all the way to Caliban's place, we passed a good few Coppers but they all seemed to turn the blind eye.”
  9. A measure.
    1. (obsolete) An English Imperial unit of length equal to 2 inch.
      • page 61, [http://books.google.com/books?id=bws3AAAAIAAJ History of the New York Times, 1851-1921] , “There was another speech in that day's news — a speech which The Times printed on the front page because it was part of a front-page story, and in full — it was only two sticks long; printed in full just after the much longer invocation by the officiating clergyman …”
    2. (archaic, rare) A quantity of eel, usually 25. {{jump}}
      • Volume 1, page 171, [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZmNaZfbq5tIC A History of Agriculture and Prices in England], 140217120X , “The stick is employed for eels, and contained twenty-five.”
      • page 62, [http://books.google.com/books?id=RRtWubS24-YC The Cartulary of Chatteris Abbey], 0851157505 , “In the same charter, Nigel granted another 10 sticks of eels yielded by the fishery of Polwere to the abbey…”
  • {{jump}} Generally used in the negative, or in contexts expressive of poverty or lack.
Synonyms: {{jump}} branch, twig; kindling, brush (uncountable), {{jump}} two by four, {{jump}} cane, walking stick, {{jump}} stickshift; gearstick, {{jump}} plant, shill, {{jump}} piece, item, {{jump}} pin, flagstick, {{jump}} train, {{jump}} licorice stick, {{jump}} stich, broach, {{jump}} joint, reefer, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (carpentry) To cut a piece of wood to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.
etymology 2 From Middle English stiken, from Old English stician, from Proto-Germanic *stikōną (compare also the related *stikaną, whence West Frisian stekke, Low German steken, Dutch steken, German stechen; compare also Danish stikke, Swedish sticka), from Proto-Indo-European *steig- or *stig-. Cognate to first etymology (same PIE root, different paths through Germanic and Old English), to stitch, and to etiquette, via French étiquette – see there for further discussion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (auto racing) The traction of tires on the road surface.
  2. (fishing, uncountable) The amount of fishing line resting on the water surface before a cast; line stick.
  3. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become or remain attach; to adhere.
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    exampleThe tape will not stick if it melts.
  2. (intransitive) To jam; to stop moving. exampleThe lever sticks if you push it too far up.
  3. (intransitive) To tolerate, to endure, to stick with.
    • 1998, Patrick McEvoy, Educating the Future GP: the course organizer's handbook, page 7: Why do most course organizers stick the job for less than five years?
  4. (intransitive) To persist. exampleHis old nickname stuck.
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  5. (intransitive) Of snow, to remain frozen on land.
  6. (intransitive) To remain loyal; to remain firm.
    • Smotherhood: Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years, Amanda Lamb, 2007, “What I get from work makes me a better mother, and what I get from being a mother makes me a better journalist. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.”
    exampleJust stick to your strategy, and you will win.
  7. (intransitive) To hesitate, to be reluctant; to refuse.
    • 1743, Thomas Stackhouse, A Compleat Body of Speculative and Practical Divinity, edition 3 (London), page 524: The First-fruits were a common Oblation to their Deities; but the chief Part of their Worship consisted in sacrificiing Animals : And this they did out of a real Persuasion, that their Gods were pleased with their Blood, and were nourished with the Smoke, and Nidor of them; and therefore the more costly, they thought them the more acceptable, for which Reason, they stuck not sometimes to regale them with human Sacrifices.
    • 1740, James Blair, Our Saviour's divine sermon on the mount [...] explained, volume 3, page 26: And so careful were they to put off the Honour of great Actions from themselves, and to centre it upon God, that they stuck not sometimes to depreciate themselves that they might more effectually honour him.
    • {{rfdate}} John Locke They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas.
    • {{rfdate}} Arbuthnot Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will.
  8. (dated, intransitive) To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
    • {{rfdate}} Jonathan Swift This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable.
  9. (transitive) To attach with glue or as if by gluing. exampleStick the label on the jar.
  10. (transitive) To place, set down (quickly or carelessly). exampleStick your bag over there and come with me.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.”
  11. (transitive) To press (something with a sharp point) into something else. exampleThe balloon will pop when I stick this pin in it. to stick a needle into one's finger
    • {{rfdate}} Dryden The points of spears are stuck within the shield.
    1. (transitive, now only in dialects) To stab.
      • circa 1583, John Jewel, in a sermon republished in 1847 in The Works of John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, portion 2, page 969: In certain of their sacrifices they had a lamb, they sticked him, they killed him, and made sacrifice of him: this lamb was Christ the Son of God, he was killed, sticked, and made a sweet-smelling sacrifice for our sins.
      • 1809, Grafton's chronicle, or history of England, volume 2, page 135: … would haue [=have] sticked him with a dagger …
      • {{rfdate}} Sir Walter Scott It was a shame … to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray.
      • 1908, The Northeastern Reporter, volume 85, page 693: The defendant said he didn't shoot; "he sticked him with a knife."
  12. (transitive) To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale. to stick an apple on a fork
  13. (transitive, archaic) To adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare my shroud of white, stuck all with yew
  14. (transitive, gymnastics) To perform (a landing) perfectly. exampleOnce again, the world champion sticks the dismount.
  15. (transitive) To propagate plants by cutting. exampleStick cuttings from geraniums promptly.
  16. (transitive, printing, slang, dated) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick. to stick type
  17. (transitive, joinery) To run or plane (mouldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such mouldings are said to be stuck.
  18. (dated, transitive) To bring to a halt; to stymie; to puzzle. to stick somebody with a hard problem
  19. (transitive, slang, dated) To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Likely to stick; sticking, sticky. A non-stick pan. A stick plaster. A sticker type of glue. The stickest kind of gum.
  • The adjective is more informal than nonstandard due to the prevalence of examples such as "non-stick pan" or "stick plaster".
  • The comparative and superlative remain nonstandard (vs. stickier and stickiest) and are sometimes seen inbetween quotation marks to reflect it.
etymology 3 Possibly a metaphorical use of the first etymology ("twig, branch"), possibly derived from the Yiddish schtick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, uncountable) Criticism or ridicule.
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anagrams:
  • ticks
stick a fork in something etymology From the cooking practice of sticking a fork in meat in order to determine whether it is cooked.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) {{non-gloss}} I'd play the last level with you, but I'm out of lives. Stick a fork in me!
sticker {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From stick + -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. something that stick
  2. an adhesive label or decal
  3. a brand, label, or company, especially one making and distributing record
  4. a price tag
  5. the listed price (also sticker price) When buying a car, know the sticker and the invoice price.
  6. (informal) a burr or seed pod that catches in fur or clothing
  7. a wooden strip placed between courses of lumber to allow air circulation. (also 'kiln sticker')
  8. (colloquial, dated) That which causes one to stick; that which puzzle or pose. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (music) A small wooden rod in an organ which connects (in part) a key and a pallet, so as to communicate motion by push.
  10. (US, politics) A paster.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To apply one or more sticker to (something)
  2. To mark as the sticker price
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etymology 2 From stick + -er.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, informal) en-comparative of stick (stickier). A sticker type of glue that always stays sticky.
anagrams:
  • rickets
  • tickers
stickest
etymology 1 From stick + -est.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic, with “thou”) en-archaic second-person singular of stick
    • ~1598, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 1, line 1343–1344: [Shylock:] Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall never see my / gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting!
    • 1787, William Jones (philologist), "Hitopadesa of Vishnusarman" (1787, aka "Hitopadesa of Vishnu Sarman"); repr. in Works (1807), Vol. 13, p. 8: [...] alas! my child, by not passing the night wisely in reading, when thou art among the learned, thou stickest like a calf in the mud.
etymology 2 From stick + -est.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, informal) en-superlative of stick (stickiest). What is the stickest kind of gum? What is the stickest tape to hold something up with? What is the stickest thing on earth?
stick in the mud Alternative forms: stick-in-the-mud pronunciation
  • /ˈstɪk.ɪn.ðəˌmʌd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative) A person unwilling to participate in activities; a curmudgeon or party pooper. Have a little fun sometimes and don't be such a stick-in-the-mud.
  2. (idiomatic, pejorative) More generally, one who is slow, old-fashioned, or unprogressive; an old fogey.
Synonyms: (person unwilling to participate) party pooper
stick note etymology From sticky note, with sticking replaced with shortened adjective stick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of sticky note Post-It is a popular brand of stick note pad. I was greeted by a stick note on the fridge. Make a mental note of it or write it on a stick note.
stick notes
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) plural of stick note
sticks pronunciation
  • (UK) /stɪks/
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of stick
  2. (slang, with "the", pluralonly) rural terrain, especially a woody area; any rural region. We had to drive way out into the sticks to visit that customer.
  3. (slang, plural only, chiefly by long-time users) crutch
Synonyms: See: , boonies, boondocks, hinterland, middle of nowhere, the sticks
stickshift
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A manual transmission, controlled by a gear lever. Most cars in Europe have a stickshift.
  2. (US) A car with a manual transmission. My old car was a stickshift, but my new one is an automatic.
  3. (US, informal, uncountable) Cars, collectively, with such a transmission. Do you know how to drive stickshift?
Synonyms: (all senses) manual
antonyms:
  • (all senses) automatic
related terms:
  • stick
  • shift
sticktoitiveness etymology stick to + it + -ive + -ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) persistence; determination.
    • 1871, The Indiana School Journal There is no success like "sticktoitiveness."
    • 1892, Gleanings in Bee Culture, Volume 20 Although this costs us a good deal more, we charge no more for it, and are satisfied with the "sticktoitiveness" of our subscribers.
    • 1898, "Duty of the Farmer" by E. E. Rodgers, from Indiana Board of Agriculture annual report, Issue 47 Yes, but, says one, it is muscle and everlasting grit and sticktoitiveness that makes the farm go. The sticktoitiveness is all right but an abnormal muscle is not altogether necessary.
    • 1899, "The Planting and Culture of an Apple Orchard" by R.A. Jones from the proceedings of the annual convention of the Northwest Fruit Growers Association To be in the successful 10 per cent, as above referred to, requires an abundance of sticktoitiveness, energy, thought, industry, and watchfulness. Now, in which class do you propose to be?
    • 1905, Ad sense: devoted to the interests of buyers of advertising, Volume 18, There is probably nothing more essential to permanent business success than sticktoitiveness, or it might be expressed in the word continuity. It requires time to fit oneself for service.
    • 1921, , Convention, Volume 1, And let me tell you that the greatest test of sticktoitiveness that has ever yet been devised is the application of a correspondence course.
    • How can I keep from singing: Pete Seeger‎, page 305, David King Dunaway, 1990, “Perhaps he oversimplified his life when he wrote: "All you need to be a modern johnny Appleseed is a guitar and some sticktoitiveness,"”
    • 2011, "Colour-coded justice system?" by Melvin Pennant in The Gleaner (Jamaica) But before we give kudos to the media for their stick-to-itiveness in this case, let us examine some minor details that might just prove my theory that political association seems to grant special favours.
stickum etymology From stick + variant of 'em, him. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɪkəm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, informal) Any adhesive, adhesive residue; any sticky or gummy substance.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 16: A strip of muslin swaddles his privates, fixed by means of pine stickum to his belly and buttocks.
stick with
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: stick, with
  2. (idiomatic) To remain close to.
  3. (idiomatic) To follow or adhere to. Please stick with the path marked on the map, and try not to get lost.
  4. (informal) To follow loyal. Stick with me, and I'll protect you.
  5. To persist in using or employing. The Jets are sticking with Sanchez at quarterback.
  6. To endure in the memory of. Some of my father's peculiar expressions have stuck with me.
Synonyms: stick by, stick to
sticky {{wikipedia}} etymology From stick + y. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Able or likely to stick. Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?
  2. Potentially difficult to escape from. This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.
    • 2014, Michael White, "Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian, 8 September 2014: Salmond studied medieval Scottish history as well as economics at university so he cannot say he has not had fair warning – it was even more turbulent and bloody than England at that time – and plenty of Scotland's kings and leaders came to a sticky end.
  3. (computing, informal, of a setting) Persistent. We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.
  4. (computing, of a window) Appearing on all virtual desktop.
  5. (Internet, of threads on a bulletin board) Fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
  6. (Internet, of a website) Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving. A woman has come to me with the complaint that her website is not sticky: 70% of the visits last 30 seconds or less.
  7. Of weather, hot and windless and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sticky note, such as a post-it note. Her desk is covered with yellow stickies.
  2. (manufacturing) A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
  3. (AU, colloquial) A sweet dessert wine.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, bulletin boards) to fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
stickybeak etymology From sticky + beak; presumably from the metaphor of sticking one′s beak where it is not wanted (compare nosy). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɪkibiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) An overly inquisitive person, a nosey parker.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 109: I walked back towards the grinning stickybeak who took a few steps backwards before fleeing for the steamy safety of his laundry.
    • 1994, Robin Barker, Baby Love, 2009, Pan Macmillan Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=QrGMWElcM40C&pg=PA419&lpg=PA419&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=VkagqBVJTD&sig=6QmE76bgo6VXRXoUK6tvDeofNRY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 419], Babies of this age are delightful stickybeaks, vitally interested in everything and everyone around them.
    • 1999, , , 2012, Text Publishing, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=A2Ag3HgiYegC&pg=PT254&lpg=PT254&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=rEzVj1_Jll&sig=KtL_wWm_FZzowAJrYQMFdEv3iQM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], And I like a chat, kind of thing. She glanced at Harley. Plus I′m a stickybeak, as you know.
    • 2004, Lynne Wilding, Outback Sunset, 2010, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=3Brn784p11MC&pg=PT51&lpg=PT51&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2TR_FbQVpI&sig=wW3aVj-CZmbyOWzRI6gti6T4bzo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Vanessa took hold of his hand. ‘She′s a dear friend as well as my business manager and,’ she giggled as she admitted her agent′s greatest flaw, ‘when it comes to her clients, the world′s biggest stickybeak.’
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) An act of look at or watch something, especially something which does not directly concern the one looking.
    • 2009, Australia Justine Vaisutis, Lonely Planet, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=M57hfGo4OyAC&pg=PA239&lpg=PA239&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=LEsVFWLpyJ&sig=-TWoa5LY8ylELR9Q8Sac-N3fU0I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 239], It′s worth popping into the bar for a stickybeak.
    • 2009, , Piano Lessons, 2011, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=l8QGXJRE-rcC&pg=PA109&lpg=PA109&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2MXIWBlg_p&sig=PmvR8DtmHJlZNw-pDL6SiDyu2uc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109], Between properties, we stopped off for tea with my grandmother and my aunt, and my mother produced her stash of floor plans like enemy intelligence: ‘Have a stickybeak at this!’
    • 2010, , Ten Hail Marys, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=D23OtZVR_7kC&pg=PA4&lpg=PA4&dq=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=wB3AzLYoOC&sig=z1m_yDV89HkjV3g4n-82IGrsQrA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e3hmUIaeCImfiQes9oDoDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeak%22|%22stickybeaks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 4], God knows what the other patients and staff made of a mob of blackfellas rocking up to visit one of our own, in a private room, to have a stickybeak at the new bub.
Synonyms: (overly inquisitive person) nosey parker, snoop, (act of looking) look-see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand) To pry or snoop.
    • 2007, Kevin Hallewell, Woop Woop, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=L-yb3Ki47s8C&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ijPAsBPMtP&sig=FEL5hD7BC-cedX3xB5dFiTEgrQQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P5BmUO_VLqWRiQfxwoDQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 104], Two of the more arrogant birds actually inspected the inside of the tent, clucking away to each other as they stickybeaked.
    • 2007, Harry Hill, He Was My Father, Rosenberg Publishing, Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=kp652NLjlpoC&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QV5D8bsLoo&sig=MpWP5Ie2Ja2B42mShcErJOjyHgI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P5BmUO_VLqWRiQfxwoDQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 124], When my father had shorn for the Lindleys, I had spent a day at the shed, stickybeaking at everything but making sure I didn′t upset shed activities.
    • 2009, , The Story of Danny Dunn, 2011, ReadHowYouWant, Volume 1 of 2, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=qz0VFXBdHKkC&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=4LUn9VJkau&sig=sU_QVWZVBhjx2LU133swmNqwfug&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P5BmUO_VLqWRiQfxwoDQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stickybeaked%22|%22stickybeaking%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 202], I wasn′t stickybeaking or anything, it was at the main bar and your mother mustn′t have realised I was in my usual spot.
sticky note Alternative forms: stick note (informal), sticky-note
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A slip of paper, or a chit, with a gummy or gluey top that can be moved from place to place, usually as a reminder.
  2. A name given to the Post-it brand name of sticky notes.
sticky-note Alternative forms: stick note (informal), sticky note etymology
  • A modern (post-1962) formation from sticky + note.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small sheet of paper from a padded stack. Each sheet of the pad has a strip of weak easy-release non-permanent adhesive on the reverse for temporary attachment to a document or to other materials.
Synonyms: post-it note
stiff etymology From Old English stīf, from Proto-Germanic *stīfaz (compare Dutch stijf, German steif), from Proto-Indo-European *stīpos (compare Latin stīpes, stīpō, from which English stevedore). pronunciation
  • /stɪf/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of an, object) Rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;{{nb...}}. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  2. (figurative, of policies and rules and their application and enforcement) Inflexible; rigid.
  3. (of a, person) Formal in behavior; unrelaxed.
  4. (colloquial) Harsh, severe. exampleHe was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.
  5. (of muscles or parts of the body) Painful as a result of excessive or unaccustomed exercise. exampleMy legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.
  6. Potent. examplea stiff drink;&emsp; a stiff dose;&emsp; a stiff breeze.
  7. Dead, deceased.
  8. (of a, penis) Erect.
  9. (culinary, of whipping cream or egg whites) Beaten until so aerated that they stand up straight on their own. beat the egg whites until they are stiff
quotations:
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff or lucky stiff. A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.
  2. A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle. She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.
  3. (slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
  4. (US) A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
  5. (blackjack) Any hard hand where it is possible to exceed 21 by drawing an additional card.
locutions:
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fail to pay that which one owe (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by depart hastily. Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.
    • 1946, William Foote Whyte, Industry and Society, page 129 We asked one girl to explain how she felt when she was "stiffed." She said, You think of all the work you've done and how you've tried to please [them…].
    • 1992, Stephen Birmingham, Shades of Fortune, page 451 You see, poor Nonie really was stiffed by Adolph in his will. He really stiffed her, Rose, and I really wanted to right that wrong.
    • 2007, Mary Higgins Clark, I Heard That Song Before, page 154 Then he stiffed the waiter with a cheap tip.
anagrams:
  • tiffs
stiffware etymology stiff + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, rare, derogatory) Software that is inflexible, cannot be customize or upgrade, etc.
stiffy etymology stiff + y pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈstɪfi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (coarse, slang) An erection of the penis. Fred's got a bulge in his pants - you can tell he's got a stiffy.
  2. (South Africa) A computer floppy disk of the kind supplied in a stiff plastic outer shell. Never leave home without a spare stiffy disc in your bag.
Synonyms: (erection of the penis) woody, (3.5 inch floppy disk) stiffy disc
related terms:
  • computer
  • floppy (disc)
  • CD (disc)
  • flash drive
stig {{rfap}} etymology Believed to have originated from the eponymous character in the book Stig of the Dump (Clive King, Puffin, 1963, ISBN 0140301968).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, pejorative) someone from a poor background, with a poor dress sense
Synonyms:
anagrams:
  • gist
  • gits
still {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /stɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English stille, from Old English stille, from Proto-Germanic *stillijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stel-. Cognate with Scots stil, Saterland Frisian stil, Western Frisian stil, Dutch stil, Low German still, German still, Swedish stilla, Icelandic stilltur. Related to stall. Alternative forms: stil, stille, styll, stylle (obsolete)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not moving; calm. Still waters run deep.
  2. Not effervescing; not sparkling. still water; still wines
  3. Uttering no sound; silent.
    • Addison The sea that roared at thy command, / At thy command was still.
  4. (not comparable) Having the same stated quality continuously from a past time
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  5. Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.
    • Bible, 1 Kings xix. 12 a still small voice
  6. (obsolete) Constant; continual.
    • Shakespeare By still practice learn to know thy meaning.
Synonyms: (not moving) fixed, stationary, unmoving, See also
related terms:
  • be still my heart
  • be still my beating heart
  • still waters run deep
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (aspect) Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
    • Francis Bacon It hath been anciently reported, and is still received.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 15 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.”
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
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    exampleIs it still raining?&nbsp;&nbsp; It was still raining five minutes ago.
  2. (degree) To an even greater degree. Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs. exampleTom is tall; Dick is taller; Harry is still taller. ("still" and "taller" can easily swap places here)
    • Shakespeare The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed.
  3. (conjunctive) Nevertheless. exampleI’m not hungry, but I’ll still manage to find room for dessert.
    • Moore As sunshine, broken in the rill, / Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
  4. (archaic, poetic) Always; invariably; constantly; continuously.
    • 1609 William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida 5.2.201-202: Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion.
    • Addison The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should be thrown away in private.
    • Boyle Chemists would be rich if they could still do in great quantities what they have sometimes done in little.
  5. (extensive) Even, yet.
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    exampleSome dogs howl, more yelp, still more bark.
Synonyms: (up to a time) yet, (to an even greater degree) yet, even, (nevertheless) nonetheless, though, yet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A period of calm or silence. the still of the night
  2. (photography) A non-moving photograph. (The term is generally used only when it is necessary to distinguish from movie.)
  3. (slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.
  4. A steep hill or ascent. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Via Middle English, ultimately from Latin stilla
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. a device for distill liquids.
  2. (catering) a large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.
  3. (catering) the area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee, separate from the main kitchen.
  4. A building where liquor are distilled; a distillery.
etymology 3 Old English stillan
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to calm down, to quiet to still the raging sea
    • Woodward He having a full sway over the water, had power to still and compose it, as well as to move and disturb it.
    • Shakespeare With his name the mothers still their babies.
    • Hawthorne toil that would, at least, have stilled an unquiet impulse in me
etymology 4 Aphetic form of distil, or from Latin {{lena}} stillare.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To trickle, drip.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii: any drop of slombring rest / Did chaunce to still into her wearie spright [...].
  2. To cause to fall by drops.
  3. To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill. {{rfquotek}}
statistics:
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anagrams:
  • lilts
  • tills
stinger {{wikipedia}} etymology sting + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɪŋə(ɹ)/
  • (GenAm) /ˈstɪŋɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack.
  2. Anything that is used to sting, as a means of attack.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter IV The thing stopped then and looked at me a moment as much as to say: "Why this thing has a stinger! I must be careful." And then it reached out its long neck and opened its mighty jaws and grabbed for me; but I wasn't there.
  3. Anything, such as an insult, that sting mentally or psychologically
  4. a cocktail of brandy and crème de menthe
  5. A device used by police and military forces consisting of a portable bed of nail to puncture car tire.
  6. A minor neurological injury of the spine characterized by a shooting or stinging pain down one arm, followed by numbness and weakness.
  7. A station identifier on television or radio played between shows.
  8. A scene shown on film or television show after the credits.
  9. (slang) A nonlethal grenade using rubber instead of shrapnel, more commonly called a sting grenade.
  10. (slang) A final note played at the end of a military march.
  11. (slang, television and film) An extension cord.
Synonyms: (device used to puncture car tyres) spike strip
anagrams:
  • resting
  • ringest
sting like a bee
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, simile) to deliver a powerful punch
stingo etymology sting + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, archaic) strong beer
    • Addison Shall I set a cup of old stingo at your elbow?
    • Sir Walter Scott The elevated cavaliers sent for two tubs of merry stingo.
    • John Clare For my outside I never need fear me / While warm with real stingo within.
anagrams:
  • ingots
  • tigons
stingy
etymology 1 sting + y pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈstɪŋi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Sting; able to sting.
etymology 2 Uncertain, possibly from stinge, a dialectal variation of sting. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈstɪndʒi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unwilling to spend, give, or share; ungenerous; extremely close and covetous; meanly avaricious; niggardly; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl.
  2. Small, scant, meager, insufficient
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Synonyms: See also
anagrams:
  • stying
stink etymology From Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, from Proto-Germanic *stinkwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *stengʷ-, *stegʷ-. Cognate with Western Frisian stjonke, Dutch stinken, German stinken, Danish stinke, Swedish stinka, Icelandic stökkva. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stɪŋk/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly. That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.
  3. (intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth. Something stinks about the politician's excuses.
  4. (transitive) To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.
Synonyms: (have a strong bad smell) pong, reek, (be greatly inferior) suck, blow, (give an impression of dishonesty or untruth) be fishy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strong bad smell.
  2. (informal) A complaint or objection. If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.
  3. (in plural stinks, slang) chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
    • The Boy's Own Annual (volume 35, page 214) Very few boys could resist the attractions of mixing up chemicals, manufacturing unsavoury smells, and producing loud explosions. Bowney was an exception to the general rule, however; he never had studied "Stinks," …
  4. (slang, New Zealand) A failure or unfortunate event. The concert was stink.
Synonyms: (strong bad smell) fetor, odour/odor, pong, reek, smell, stench, (informal: complaint or objection), (slang: chemistry)
anagrams:
  • knits, skint, tinks
stinkbag etymology stink + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) An objectionable person.
stinker pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who stink.
  2. (slang) A contemptible person.
    • I won't date Mary Jane again. I thought she was a stinker to leave before the end of the movie.
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  3. (slang) Something difficult (e.g. a given puzzle) or unpleasant (e.g. negative review, nasty letter).
    • Today's crossword is a stinker.
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  4. (slang) Something of poor quality.
    • April 19 2002, Scott Tobias, AV Club Dark Tide The barely-released stinker Dark Tide continues Stockwell’s fetishistic pattern, coming alive whenever it’s paddling among the sharks off the South African coast and settling in for a long snooze once it gets back on the boat or reaches dry land.
  5. Any of several species of large Antarctic petrel which feed on blubber and carrion and have an offensive odour, such as the giant fulmar.
  6. (slang) A chemist.
Synonyms: (a person who stinks) stinkard, (a contemptible person) creep, rotter, scoundrel, stinkard, (something difficult or unpleasant) hatchet job, nastygram, (something of poor quality) clunker
related terms:
  • stink
anagrams:
  • Kirsten
  • Kristen
  • reknits
  • tinkers
stinkeroo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something bad, contemptible or of otherwise low quality.
stinkfest etymology stink + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A very bad-smelling place or situation.
stinkhole etymology stink + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A filthy, squalid place. This hotel is a real stinkhole!
  2. (slang, derogatory) Term of abuse.
stinking pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a pungent smell.
  2. Very bad and undesirable. Despite leading the way for years, the new model is really stinking.
  3. (vulgar) An intensifier, a minced oath. We don't need your stinking sympathy.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of stink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The emission of a foul smell.
    • 2013, Phaedra. C Pezzullo, Cultural Studies and Environment, Revisited (page 42) From the magnificent ejaculation of the Waimangu geyser, to the tiniest of gaseous emissions, descriptions of the thermal reserve were rife with dischargings, bubblings and stinkings, quiverings and palpitations, orifices and protuberances.
stinko pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) drunk
stink on ice etymology From the notion that if organic matter smells bad even when on ice then it must be truly rotten.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiom, colloquial) To be of very poor quality, even repulsive.
stink out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To cause to stink. The broccoli really stank out the refrigerator.
  2. (transitive, figurative, informal) To perform very badly in (a place).
  3. (transitive, informal) To drive from a place by a stink.
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stinkpot {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} {{wikispecies}} etymology stink + pot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An annoying, bad or undesirable person.
  2. The {{vern}}, a species of turtle from southeastern Canada, {{taxlink}}.
  3. The {{vern}}, Macronectes giganteus.
  4. (slang) A motorboat (usually used by sailors).
stink up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To cause to stink. The broccoli really stank up the refrigerator.
  2. (transitive, figurative, informal) To perform very badly in (a place).
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stinky {{wikipedia}} etymology stink + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Having a strong, unpleasant smell; stinking.
  2. (slang) Bad, undesirable.
    • 1991, Theresa P. Gladden, Romancing Susan, Bantam Books, ISBN 055344123X, page 37, […] she walked over to the table and switched off the Walkman as she sat down. “Hey!” Nikki yelped. “That was a stinky thing to do. That was my favorite song.”
    • 2003, Betty Levin, Shoddy Cove, HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-052272-0, page 151, “School all year round.” The father groaned. “What a good idea.” “Stupid, stinky idea,” a child remarked from across the room.
    • 2007, Aletha V. Smithson, “Pacifier Breaking” (poem), in As He Was Known, AuthorHouse, ISBN 1-4259-7805-3, page 172, The binky drifted up and far away, To the man in the moon, I heard them say; A cute idea but a rotten stinky plan.
stir pronunciation
  • (UK) /stɜː/
  • (US) /stɚ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English stiren, from Old English styrian, from Proto-Germanic *sturjaną. Cognate with German stören.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dated) To change the place of in any manner; to move.
    • {{rfdate}}, Sir William Temple My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir.
  2. (transitive) To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate. exampleShe stirred the pudding with a spoon.
    • {{rfdate}}, William Shakespeare My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred.
  3. (transitive) To agitate the content of (a container) by passing something through it. exampleWould you please stand here and stir this pot so that the chocolate doesn't burn?
  4. (transitive) To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
    • {{rfdate}}, Francis Bacon Stir not questions of jurisdiction.
  5. (transitive) To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
    • {{rfdate}} Chaucer To stir men to devotion.
    • {{rfdate}}, William Shakespeare An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife.
    • {{rfdate}}, John Dryden And for her sake some mutiny will stir.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit That night he was almost too happy to sleep, and so much love stirred in his little sawdust heart that it almost burst.
  6. (intransitive) To move; to change one’s position.
    • {{rfdate}} Byron I had not power to stir or strive, But felt that I was still alive.
  7. (intransitive) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
    • {{rfdate}} Byron All are not fit with them to stir and toil.
    • {{rfdate}} Charles Merivale The friends of the unfortunate exile, far from resenting his unjust suspicions, were stirring anxiously in his behalf.
  8. (intransitive) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
    • {{rfdate}}, Isaac Watts They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon everything that stirs or appears.
  9. (intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} "Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins," remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: "Mon dieu! Mon dieu! Che fais mourir!"
  • In all transitive senses except the first, is often followed by up with an intensive effect; as, ; .
Synonyms: (to move) incite; awaken; rouse; animate; stimulate; excite; provoke.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
    • {{rfdate}}, . Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir?
    • {{rfdate}}, . Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of.
  2. Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
    • {{rfdate}}, . Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England.
  3. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Jail; prison. exampleHe's going to spendin' maybe ten years in stir.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
anagrams:
  • ISTR
  • TRIS
stirrer etymology stir + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device used to stir. We're out of coffee stirrers again and I'm not using my finger!
  2. A person who stirs something. The stirrers in the chocolate factory often get chocolate all over their uniforms.
  3. (slang) A person who spreads rumour or causes agitation. Why would you say something so hurtful? God, you are such a stirrer!
  4. One who stirs or moves about, as after sleep.
    • 1597, , , III. ii. 3: An early stirrer, by / the rood!
Stir-up Sunday {{wikipedia}} etymology From the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and later (a translation of the Roman Missal's collect "Excita, quæsumus"): "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people..."
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, Anglicanism) The last Sunday before the season of Advent, on which families traditionally gather in their kitchens to prepare Christmas pudding.
stitch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stɪt​͡ʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English stiche, from Old English stiċe, from Proto-Germanic *stikiz, from Proto-Indo-European *steg-. Cognate with Dutch steek, German Stich, Old English stician. More at stick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
  2. An arrangement of stitches in sewing, or method of stitching in some particular way or style. cross stitch herringbone stitch
  3. (sports) An intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage, caused by internal organs pulling downwards on the diaphragm during exercise.
  4. A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn drop a stitch take up a stitch
  5. An arrangement of stitches in knitting, or method of knitting in some particular way or style.
  6. A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle.
  7. Hence, by extension, any space passed over; distance. You have gone a good stitch. — . In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows. — Holland.
  8. A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle. a stitch in the side
    • He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which was, indeed, a pleurisy.
  9. (obsolete) A contortion, or twist.
    • Marston If you talk, Or pull your face into a stitch again, I shall be angry.
  10. (colloquial) Any least part of a fabric or dress. to wet every stitch of clothes. She didn't have a stitch on
  11. A furrow. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From Old English scLatinx
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches. to stitch a shirt bosom.
  2. To sew, or unite or attach by stitches. to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
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  3. (agriculture) To form land into ridge.
  4. (intransitive) To practice/practise stitching or needlework.
  5. (computing, graphics) To combine two or more photograph of the same scene into a single image. I can use this software to stitch together a panorama.
Synonyms: (form stitches in): sew, (unite by stitches): sew, sew together, stitch together, (form land into ridges): plough (British), plow (US)
stitch and bitch {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A group that meets for knit and chat.
stitch up
verb: stitch up
  1. to close by sew
  2. (slang) to maliciously or dishonestly incriminate someone
St James's Palace {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: St. James's Palace (US)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The office of the sovereign of the United Kingdom.
  2. (informal) The .
stock {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /stɒk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /stɑk/
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etymology 1 From Old English stocc, from Proto-Germanic *stukkaz, with modern senses mostly referring either to the trunk from which the tree grows (figuratively, its origin and/or support/foundation), or to a piece of wood, stick, or rod. How the senses of "supply" and "raw material" developed from these is unclear, however.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A store or supply
    1. (operations) A store of good ready for sale; inventory. We have a stock of televisions on hand.
    2. A supply of anything ready for use. Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.
    3. Railroad rolling stock.
    4. In a card game, a stack of undealt cards made available to the players.
    5. Farm or ranch animals; livestock.
    6. The population of a given type of animal (especially fish) available to be captured from the wild for economic use.
  2. (finance) The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.
    1. The price or value of the stock for a company on the stock market When the bad news came out, the company's stock dropped precipitously.
    2. (figurative) The measure of how highly a person or institution is valued. After that last screw-up of mine, my stock is pretty low around here.
    3. Any of several types of security that are similar to a stock, or marketed like one.
  3. The raw material from which things are made; feedstock.
    1. The type of paper used in printing. The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.
    2. Undeveloped film; film stock.
    3. Plain soap before it is coloured and perfumed.
  4. Stock theater, summer stock theater.
  5. The trunk and woody main stem of a tree. The base from which something grows or branches.
    • Bible, Job xiv. 8,9 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
    1. (horticulture) The plant upon which the scion is grafted.
      • {{rfdate}} Francis Bacon The scion overruleth the stock quite.
    2. lineage, family, ancestry
      1. (linguistics) A larger grouping of language families: a superfamily or macrofamily.
  6. Any of the several species of cruciferous flower in the genus Matthiola.
  7. A handle or stem to which the working part of an implement or weapon is attach
    1. The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.
      • Tom Turpin, Modern Custom Guns: Walnut, Steel, and Uncommon Artistry, 2nd, Iola, Wis., Gun Digest Books, 2013, page 47, 978-1-4402-3646-4, “The most underrated component in building a custom gun is the metalsmithing. Stock work immediately attracts attention. Fancy checkering patterns, meticulously executed, are sure to elicit oohs and ahhs.”
    2. The handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
  8. Part of a machine that supports items or holds them in place.
    1. The headstock of a lathe, drill, etc.
    2. The tailstock of a lathe
  9. A bar, stick or rod
    1. A ski pole
    2. (nautical) A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the fluke.
    3. (nautical) The axle attached to the rudder, which transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.
    4. (geology) A pipe (vertical cylinder of ore)
  10. A bed for infant; a crib, cot, or cradle
  11. (folklore) A piece of wood magically made to be just like a real baby and substituted for it by magical beings.
  12. (uncountable, countable) Broth made from meat (originally bones) or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.
  13. A necktie or cravat, particularly a wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.
    • 1915, , "", : He wore a brown tweed suit and a white stock. His clothes hung loosely about him as though they had been made for a much larger man. He looked like a respectable farmer of the middle of the nineteenth century.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 417: His grey waistcoat sported pearl buttons, and he wore a stock which set off to admiration a lean and aquiline face which was almost as grey as the rest of him.
  14. A piece of black cloth worn under a clerical collar.
  15. (obsolete) A cover for the legs; a stocking
  16. A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton All our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.
    • {{rfdate}} Fuller Item, for a stock of brass for the holy water, seven shillings; which, by the canon, must be of marble or metal, and in no case of brick.
  17. (by extension, obsolete) A person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks.
  18. (UK, historical) The part of a tally formerly struck in the exchequer, which was delivered to the person who had lent the king money on account, as the evidence of indebtedness.
  19. (shipbuilding, in the plural) The frame or timbers on which a ship rests during construction.
  20. (UK, in the plural) Red and grey bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
  21. (biology) In tectology, an aggregate or colony of individual, such as as trees, chains of salpa, etc.
  22. The beater of a fulling mill. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (farm or ranch animals) livestock, (railroad equipment) rolling stock, (raw material) feedstock, (paper for printing) card stock, (plant used in grafting) rootstock, understock, (axle attached to rudder) rudder stock, (wide necktie) stock-tie
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To have on hand for sale. The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.
  2. To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply. to stock a warehouse with goods to stock a farm, i.e. to supply it with cattle and tools to stock land, i.e. to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass
  3. To allow (cows) to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more prior to sale.
  4. To put in the stocks as punishment. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (nautical) To fit (an anchor) with a stock, or to fasten the stock firmly in place.
  6. (card games, dated) To arrange cards in a certain manner for cheating purposes; to stack the deck.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a type normally available for purchase/in stock. stock items stock sizes
  2. (racing, of a race car) Having the same configuration as cars sold to the non-racing public, or having been modified from such a car.
  3. Straightforward, ordinary, very basic. That band is quite stock He gave me a stock answer
etymology 2 From Italian stoccata
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
anagrams:
  • tocks
stockade pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌstɒˈkeɪd/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˌstɑˈkeɪd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. an enclosure protected by a wall of wooden post
  2. (colloquial) a military prison
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To enclose in a stockade.
stocking stuffer Alternative forms: stocking-stuffer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A small, relatively inexpensive Christmas present suitable for placing in a child's stocking, which was traditionally hung by a fireplace on Christmas Eve in anticipation that Santa Claus would fill it with gift.
    • 1945 Dec. 21, "Last . . . But Not Least" (display advertisement), Milwaukee Journal, p. 45 (retrieved 25 Jan. 2010): Gimbels is scintillating with last minute stocking stuffer ideas!
    • 2007 Nov. 24, Derek McCormack, "A guide to Gift Guides," National Post (Canada) (retrieved 25 Jan. 2010): But for ordinary Canadians, gift guides . . . give readers a window into what others will be receiving on Christmas morning, from the smallest stocking stuffer to the largest luxury gift.
stockjobber etymology stock + jobber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly British, trading) A stock-exchange operator who deals only with broker.
  2. (British, pejorative, trading) An unscrupulous stockbroker.
stogie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Etymology 1: Named after the place of manufacture, Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania. Etymology 2: Short for Conestoga the type of wagon in which American settlers rode west in the 19th century. Evidently the wagon drivers were fond of one particular type of long, thin cigar, which came to be known as a "stogie," a slang term later applied to any cheap cigar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A thin, cheap cigar, from Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania.
  2. (slang) Any type of cigar.
  3. (dated) Brogan.
Alternative forms: stogy
anagrams:
  • egoist
stoked
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of stoke
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Feeling excitement or an exciting rush.
    • 1964, , 3 December 1964. Quoted in Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI, end of section 2, page 255. When you're driving hard and fast down the wall, with the soup curling behind yer, or doing this backside turn on a big one about to tube, it's just this feeling. Yer know, it leaves yer feeling stoked.
Stoli
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) vodka
anagrams:
  • lotis
  • toils
Stolichnaya etymology A brand name, from Russian Столи́чная 〈Stolíčnaâ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brand of vodka made of wheat and rye grain.
Synonyms: Stoli (informal)
Stolly
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of Stoli
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A serving of Stolichnaya vodka.
    • 1996, Bruce Jay Friedman, A father's kisses "Bring us two Stollies," said Peabody, pronouncing the name of the drink in an unusual way that frankly made me wince. Not that I would dream of correcting a fellow with an English accent.
anagrams:
  • tolyls
stomach {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: stomack etymology From Middle English stomak, from Old French estomac, from Latin stomachus, from Ancient Greek στόμαχος 〈stómachos〉, from στόμα 〈stóma〉. Displaced native Middle English mawe (from Old English maga), Middle English bouk (from Old English buc, see bucket). pronunciation
  • /ˈstʌmək/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.
  2. (informal) The belly.
  3. (obsolete) Pride, haughtiness.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii: Sterne was his looke, and full of stomacke vaine, / His portaunce terrible, and stature tall […].
    • 1613, William Shakespeare, , IV. ii. 34: He was a man / Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking / Himself with princes;
    • John Locke This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy, and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent.
  4. (obsolete) Appetite. a good stomach for roast beef
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.ii.1.2: If after seven hours' tarrying he shall have no stomach, let him defer his meal, or eat very little at his ordinary time of repast.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, , I. ii. 50: You come not home because you have no stomach. / You have no stomach, having broke your fast.
  5. (figuratively) Desire, appetite (for something abstract). I have no stomach for a fight today.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, , IV. iii. 36: That he which hath no stomach to this fight, / Let him depart:
Synonyms: (belly) abdomen, belly, bouk, gut, guts, maw, tummy
descendants:
  • stummy, tummy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To tolerate (something), emotionally, physically, or mentally; to stand or handle something. I really can’t stomach jobs involving that much paperwork, but some people seem to tolerate them. I can't stomach her cooking.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To be angry. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike.
    • 1607, , , III. iv. 12: O, my good lord, / Believe not all; or, if you must believe, / Stomach not all.
    • L'Estrange The lion began to show his teeth, and to stomach the affront.
    • Milton The Parliament sit in that body … to be his counsellors and dictators, though he stomach it.
anagrams:
  • Satchmo
stomach flu
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Gastroenteritis.
  • Use of this term is by medical professionals so as to avoid confusion with the flu (influenza).
anagrams:
  • stomachful
stomp {{wikipedia}} etymology 1803, variant of stamp. Compare German stampfen. More at stamp. pronunciation
  • stamp
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To trample heavily.
  2. (transitive, slang) To severe beat someone physical or figurative.
Synonyms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dance having a heavy, rhythmic step.
  2. The jazz music for this dance.
stone {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English stan, ston, from Old English stān, from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (compare Dutch steen, German Stein), from Proto-Indo-European *st(y)oy- (compare Latin stiria, Russian стена́ 〈stená〉, Ancient Greek στῖον 〈stîon〉, στέαρ 〈stéar〉, Persian ستون 〈stwn〉, Albanian shtëng, Sanskrit स्त्यायते 〈styāyatē〉). pronunciation
  • (RP) /stəʊn/
  • (GenAm) /stoʊn/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}} (see usage notes)
  1. (uncountable) A hard earth substance that can form large rock.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. A small piece of stone, a pebble.
  3. A gemstone, a jewel, especially a diamond.
    • Shakespeare inestimable stones, unvalued jewels
  4. (British, plural: stone) A unit of mass equal to 14 pound. Used to measure the weights of people, animals, cheese, wool, etc. 1 stone ≈ 6.3503 kilogram
    • 1843, “Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod, 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. [...] It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.”, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, page 202
    • 1882, “Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen stones.”, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, 4, page 209
  5. (botany) The central part of some fruit, particularly drupe; consisting of the seed and a hard endocarp layer. examplea peach stone
  6. (medicine) A hard, stone-like deposit. examplekidney stone
  7. (board games) A playing piece made of any hard material, used in various board game such as backgammon, and go.
  8. A dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones. {{color panel}}
  9. (curling) A 42-pound, precisely shaped piece of granite with a handle attached, which is bowled down the ice.
  10. A monument to the dead; a gravestone.
    • Alexander Pope Should some relenting eye / Glance on the stone where our cold relics lie.
    {{rfquotek}}
  11. (obsolete) A mirror, or its glass.
    • Shakespeare Lend me a looking-glass; / If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, / Why, then she lives.
  12. (obsolete) A testicle. {{rfquotek}}
  13. (dated, printing) A stand or table with a smooth, flat top of stone, commonly marble, on which to arrange the pages of a book, newspaper, etc. before printing; also called imposing stone.
All countable senses use the plural stones except the British unit of mass, which uses the invariant plural stone. Synonyms: (substance) rock, (small piece of stone) pebble, (hard stone-like deposit) calculus, (curling piece) rock
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pelt with stones, especially to kill by pelt with stones. She got stoned to death after they found her.
  2. (transitive) To remove a stone from (fruit etc.).
  3. (intransitive) To form a stone during growth, with reference to fruit etc.
  4. (transitive, slang) To intoxicate, especially with narcotic. (Usually in passive)
Synonyms: (pelt with stones) lapidate
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Construct of stone. stone walls
  2. Having the appearance of stone. stone pot
  3. Of a dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
  4. (AAVE) Used as an intensifier. She is one stone fox.
    • Born Bad: Stories, Andrew H. Vachss, 1994, “Yeah, he's a stone fuck–up. But he's stand–up, too, don't forget that.”
    • The Chrome Borne, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, 1999, “If travel was this difficult, it was going to make escaping a stone bitch.”
    • Pain Management, Andrew H. Vachss, 2001, ““And I got the best metal man in the business going for me, too.” “This job's going to be a stone motherfucker,” Flacco said”
    • Street dreams, page 175, K'Wan Foye, 2004, “The man who had broken up their little party was a stone gangsta.”
    • Dead Boyfriends, page 178, David Housewright, 2007, “Back then most men would have described you as being a stone babe.”
    • Born In Death, J. D. Robb, 2007, “Her widower father married my stone bitch of a mother when I was about fourteen.”
    • St. Martin's Academy: The Gifted Rule, page 64, A. James, 2008, ““Well, Bradley Wreede told Moiré George who told Julia Nickols who told Katie Kimber who told that big stone dude who told...."”
    • Night Victims, page 307, John Lutz, 2009, “He might be a stone killer who simply doesn't care if his victim's alive or dead at the time of disfigurement.”
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. As a stone (used with following adjective). My father is stone deaf. This soup is stone cold.
  2. (slang) Absolutely, completely (used with following adjective). I went stone crazy after she left.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • acrolith
  • lapidary
  • lapidate
  • litharge
  • lithiasis
  • lithic
  • lithify
  • lithography
  • lithoid
  • lithotomy
  • lithotripsy
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  • lithotripter
  • menhir
  • monolithic
  • sangar
  • sardonyx
  • sarsen
  • saxatile
  • saxicolous
  • saxifrage
  • trilithon
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statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • notes, onset, set on, seton, SONET, steno, tones
Stone Age Alternative forms: stone-age pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈstəʊn ˌeɪdʒ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈstoʊn ˌeɪdʒ/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (archaeology) A broad prehistoric period during which humans widely used stone for toolmaking.
  2. (figuratively, informal) Any extremely primitive or undeveloped era. If they attack our country, we'll bomb them back to the Stone Age!
  3. (figuratively) The time a particular field was introduced and was in its earliest stages of development.
Synonyms: (archaeology) Lithic
hyponyms:
  • (archaeology) Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic
coordinate terms:
  • (archaeology) Iron Age, Bronze Age
stoned {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of stone
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. High on drugs, especially cannabis (weed). We got stoned and ate four bags of potato chips.
  2. Drunk.
Synonyms: high, blazed, baked, chopped
anagrams:
  • doesn't
  • Ostend
stone frigate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) a shore establishment of the Royal Navy and some Commonwealth navies.
stoner {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who stone.
  2. A machine to remove the stones (pits) from fruit.
  3. (slang) A habitual user of cannabis.
anagrams:
  • Nestor
  • tenors
  • tensor
  • toners
stones pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of stone
  2. (slang) Testicles; balls.
  3. (slang) Courage.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of stone
anagrams:
  • onsets, seston, setons, stenos
stone the crows etymology {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial) Generalized expression of surprise or amazement, or just for emphasis.
    • 1924, , Rose Of Spadgers, 1988, Sentimental Bloke and Other Verses, page 86, “Why, stone the crows! I′ll look yous up,” sez ′e. / “I need some friends: I ain′t got wife nor chick.”
    • 1988, , Charades, page 63, So I says to meself: stone the crows, I′m a doomed man, might as well shoot through. It was cyclone time, see, and there′s been flash floods and this rock as big as a house has gone.
    • 2008, Norman Jorgensen, Jack′s Island, 2011, ReadHowYouWant, page 170, ‘Stone the crows,’ I whispered in sheer relief.
May be used in combination with similar idiomatic expressions, as: stone the crows and pickle the lizards. Synonyms: (expression of surprise) holy cow, stone me
stonewall etymology stone + wall pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈstoʊnwɔl/
  • (Canada) /ˈstoʊnwɑl/
  • (RP) /ˈstəʊnwɔːl/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A refusal to cooperate.
  2. alternative spelling of stone wall
    • 1906, Annual Reports of the War Department, page 312: Stonewalls have been rebuilt along the piked portion of Taneytown road, along the east end of North Confederate avenue, and along Taneytown road south of Pleasonton avenue.
    • 2010, Derek Pomeroy Brereton, Campsteading, page 225: In the present day, New England's stonewalls are the lineaments of her former agrarian vitality.
    • 2011, Jack Mitchell, Angels of the Anasazi, page 140: Some had suggested that they build sloped stonewalls the entire length of the streambed. The stonewalls would keep the rushing water in a channel and prevent soil from washing away from the streambed walls.
    • 2012, Walter G. Robillard and Lane J. Bouman, Clark on Surveying and Boundaries, : There are remnants of a stonewall at the elm tree on Burrough Road. The aerial photograph shows the existence of a stonewall at the elm tree at least in 1964.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information. At the press conference, the Prime Minister appeared to be stonewalling when asked about tax increases.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, idiomatic) Certain, stone cold.
    • Martin Smith, Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2007: Fortune favoured the fortunate when Martin Atkinson ignored a stonewall penalty.
    • Gordon Parks, Daily Record, 13 January 2011: Lennon also pointed to a booking for Niall McGinn for diving as a stonewall penalty to add to his grievances.
  • Most often encountered in sports, in reference to refereeing decisions; apparently a corruption of "stone cold".
stonker etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Something highly impressive. Every record he played was a stonker.
stonkered pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɒŋkəd/
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of stonker
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (AU slang) Beaten, defeated; exhausted; drunk.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 136: she ate heartily, demolishing two helpings of very grey roast lamb and only announcing herself stonkered after scraping clean the large monogrammed plate of steamed pudding.
stooge etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who knowingly allows herself or himself to be used for another's profit; a dupe.
  2. (comedy) A straight man.
  3. A secret informant for police.
stoolie Alternative forms: stooly pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A stool pigeon.
anagrams:
  • oolites, oölites
  • Osloite
  • ostiole
  • toolies
stool pigeon etymology From the act of tying or even nail a pigeon to a stool to act as a decoy for hunters.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A decoy or an informer, especially one who is a spy for the police.
Synonyms: stoolie/stooly, See also
stoozing etymology Apparently coined in 2004 from Stooz, nickname of a contributor to Internet message boards, and -ing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A form of arbitrage in which money is borrow at an interest rate of 0% and invest elsewhere to make a profit until the borrowing period ends.
stop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /stɒp/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /stɑp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English stoppen, stoppien, from Old English stoppian, from Proto-Germanic *stuppōną, *stuppijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb(h)-, *stemb(h)-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian stopje, Western Frisian stopje, Dutch stoppen, Low German stoppen, German stopfen, German stoppen, Danish stoppe, Swedish & Icelandic stoppa, Middle High German stupfen, stüpfen. More at stuff, stump. Alternate etymology derives Proto-Germanic *stuppōną from an assumed vl *stūpāre, *stuppāre, from stūpa, stīpa, stuppa, from Ancient Greek στύπη 〈stýpē〉, στύππη 〈stýppē〉, from Proto-Indo-European *steyə-. This derivation, however, is doubtful, as the earliest instances of the Germanic verb do not carry the meaning of "stuff, stop with tow". Rather, these senses developed later in response to influence from similar sounding words in Latin and RomanceThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "stop"..
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To cease moving.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, [&hellip;], down the nave to the western door. [&hellip;] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.”
    exampleI stopped at the traffic lights.
  2. (intransitive) To come to an end. exampleThe riots stopped when police moved in. exampleSoon the rain will stop.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThe sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks. exampleThis guy is a fraudster. I need to stop the cheque I wrote him.
  4. (transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end. exampleThe referees stopped the fight.
  5. (transitive) To close or block an opening. exampleHe stopped the wound with gauze.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, photography, often with "up" or "down") To adjust the aperture of a camera lens. exampleTo achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
  7. (intransitive) To stay; to spend a short time; to reside temporarily. exampleto stop with a friend
    • R. D. Blackmore exampleby stopping at home till the money was gone
    • 1931, E. F. Benson, Mapp & Lucia, chapter 7 exampleShe’s not going away. She’s going to stop here forever.”
    exampleHe stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  8. (intransitive) To tarry. exampleHe stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.
  9. (music) To regulate the sounds of (musical strings, etc.) by pressing them against the fingerboard with the finger, or otherwise shortening the vibrating part.
  10. (obsolete) To punctuate.
    • Landor exampleif his sentences were properly stopped
  11. (nautical) To make fast; to stopper.
  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) or the to infinitive. See for more information.
Synonyms: (to cease moving) brake, desist, halt, (to come to an end) blin, cease, desist, discontinue, halt, terminate, (to cause to cease moving) cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate, (to cause to come to an end) blin, cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate
antonyms:
  • (to cease moving) continue, go, move, proceed
  • (to come to an end) continue, proceed
  • (to cause to cease moving) continue, move
  • (to cause to come to an end) continue, move
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A (usually marked) place where line bus, tram or train halt to let passenger get on and off, usually smaller than a station. exampleThey agreed to see each other at the bus stop.
  2. An action of stopping; interruption of travel. exampleThat stop was not planned.
    • De Foe exampleIt is doubtful … whether it contributed anything to the stop of the infection.
    • Sir Isaac Newton exampleOccult qualities put a stop to the improvement of natural philosophy.
    • John Locke exampleIt is a great step toward the mastery of our desires to give this stop to them.
  3. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  4. (linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis; a plosive.
  5. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  6. That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; an obstacle; an impediment. examplePull out all the stops.
    • Daniel exampleA fatal stop traversed their headlong course.
    • Rogers exampleSo melancholy a prospect should inspire us with zeal to oppose some stop to the rising torrent.
  7. A function that halts playback or recording in devices such as videocassette and DVD player.
  8. (by extension) A button that activates the stop function.
  9. (music) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ. exampleThe organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  10. (tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  11. (zoology) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones. exampleThe stop in a bulldog's face is very marked.
  12. (photography) An f-stop.
  13. (engineering) A device, or piece, as a pin, block, pawl, etc., for arresting or limiting motion, or for determining the position to which another part shall be brought.
  14. (architecture) A member, plain or moulded, formed of a separate piece and fixed to a jamb, against which a door or window shuts.
  15. The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
Synonyms: (place for vehicles to load and unload passengers) halt, station, (consonant sound where air is blocked) plosive, occlusive
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Prone to halt or hesitation. exampleHe’s stop still.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. halt! stop!
punctuation: {{en-punctuation mark}}
  1. Used to indicate the end of a sentence in a telegram.
etymology 2 From Middle English stoppe, from Old English stoppa, from Proto-Germanic *stuppô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teub-. Cognate with Norwegian stopp, stoppa, Middle High German stubech, stübich (German Stübchen). Related also to gml stōp, Middle High German stouf, Norwegian staupa, Icelandic staupa, Old English stēap. Cognate to Albanian shtambë. See stoup.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK dialectal) A small well-bucket; a milk-pail.
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • opts
  • post, POST
  • pots, POTS
  • spot, Spot
  • tops
stopper {{wikispecies}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈstɒp.ə/
  • (AusE) /ˈstɔp.ə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈstɑ.pɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of stop, someone or something that stop something.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • 2000, Carole B. Cox, Empowering Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (page 28) Often, in our conversations we encourage people to talk, or we manage to stop them. This can happen without our even thinking about it. Following is a list of conversation starters and stoppers.
  2. A type of knot at the end of a rope, to prevent it from unravel. Put a stopper in the knot.
  3. A bung or cork We need a stopper or the boat will sink.
  4. (slang, soccer) goalkeeper He's the number one stopper in the country.
    • {{quote-news }}
  5. (finance, slang) In the commodity futures market, someone who is long (owns) a futures contract and is demanding delivery because they want to take possession of the deliverable commodity. Cattle futures: spillover momentum plus evidence of a strong stopper (i.e., 96 loads demanded) should kick the opening higher.
  6. (rail transport) A train that calls at all or almost all station between its origin and destination, including very small ones.
  7. (botany) Any of several tree of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies. the red stopper {{rfquotek}}
  8. A playspot where water flows back on itself, creating a retentive feature.
Synonyms: (rail transport) local, (bung) plug
antonyms:
  • (rail transport) fast, express
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to close a container by using a stopper. He tightly stoppered the decanter, thinking the expensive liqueur had been evaporating. The diaphragmatic spasm of his hiccup caused his epiglottis to painfully stopper his windpipe with a loud "hic".
anagrams:
  • opprest, popster, toppers
stopwatch {{wikipedia}} etymology stop + watch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A timepiece designed to measure the amount of time elapse from a particular time when activate and when the piece is deactivate.

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