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Stab vs. Stick

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  • Stab (noun)

    An act of stabbing or thrusting with an object.

  • Stab (noun)

    A wound made by stabbing.

  • Stab (noun)

    Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.

  • Stab (noun)

    An attempt.

    "I'll give this thankless task a stab."

  • Stab (noun)

    Criticism.

  • Stab (noun)

    A single staccato chord that adds dramatic impact to a composition.

    "a horn stab"

  • Stab (noun)

    A inoculating a solid medium, such as gelatin, with the puncture of a needle or wire.

  • Stab (verb)

    To pierce or to wound (somebody) with a pointed tool or weapon, especially a knife or dagger.

    "If you stab him in the heart he won't live long enough to retaliate."

  • Stab (verb)

    To thrust in a stabbing motion.

    "to stab a dagger into a person"

  • Stab (verb)

    To recklessly hit with the tip of a pointed object, such as a weapon or finger (often used with at).

    "He stabbed at my face with the twig but luckily kept missing my eyes."

  • Stab (verb)

    To cause a sharp, painful sensation (often used with at).

    "The snow from the blizzard was stabbing at my face as I skied down the mountain."

  • Stab (verb)

    To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander.

    "to stab a person's reputation"

  • Stab (verb)

    To roughen a brick wall with a pick so as to hold plaster.

  • Stab (verb)

    To pierce folded sheets, near their back edges, for the passage of thread or wire.

  • Stick (noun)

    An elongated piece of wood or similar material, typically put to some use, for example as a wand or baton.

  • Stick (noun)

    right|thumb|a stick of woodA small, thin branch from a tree or bush; a twig; a branch.

    "branch|twig|rice|q3=dialectal|kindling|brush|q5=uncountable"

    "{{ux|en|The beaver's dam was made out of sticks."

  • Stick (noun)

    A relatively long, thin piece of wood, of any size.

    "{{ux|en|I found several good sticks in the brush heap."

    "What do you call a boomerang that won't come back? A stick.}}"

  • Stick (noun)

    A timber board, especially a two by four (inches).

    "two by four"

    "I found enough sticks in dumpsters at construction sites to build my shed."

  • Stick (noun)

    A cane or walking stick (usually wooden, metal or plastic) to aid in walking.

    "cane|walking stick"

    "I don’t need my stick to walk, but it’s helpful."

  • Stick (noun)

    A cudgel or truncheon (usually of wood, metal or plastic), especially one carried by police or guards.

    "As soon as the fight started, the guards came in swinging their sticks."

  • Stick (noun)

    The vertical member of a cope-and-stick joint.

  • Stick (noun)

    A mast or part of a mast of a ship; also, a id=nautical.

  • Stick (noun)

    Any roughly cylindrical (or rectangular) unit of a substance.

    "Sealing wax is available as a cylindrical or rectangular stick."

  • Stick (noun)

    A piece (of furniture, especially if wooden).

    "piece|item"

    "We were so poor we didn't have one stick of furniture."

  • Stick (noun)

    right|thumb|a stick of butterA 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).

    "The recipe calls for half a stick of butter."

  • Stick (noun)

    right|thumb|a stick of gumA standard rectangular (often thin) piece of chewing gum.

    "Don’t hog all that gum, give me a stick!"

  • Stick (noun)

    Material or objects attached to a stick or the like.

  • Stick (noun)

    A cigarette usually a tobacco cigarette, less often a marijuana cigarette.

    "joint|reefer"

    "Cigarettes are taxed at one dollar per stick."

  • Stick (noun)

    A bunch of something wrapped around or attached to a stick.

    "US}} {{ux|en|My parents bought us each a stick of cotton candy."

  • Stick (noun)

    A scroll that is rolled around (mounted on, attached to) a stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    A tool, control, or instrument shaped somewhat like a stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    The structure to which a set of bombs 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 paratroopers or containers.

    "train"

  • Stick (noun)

    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.

    "stickshift|gearstick"

    "I grew up driving a stick, but many people my age didn’t."

  • Stick (noun)

    right|thumb|the stick-shift lever in a manual transmission carVehicles, collectively, equipped with manual transmissions.

    "I grew up driving stick, but many people my age didn't."

  • Stick (noun)

    The control column of an aircraft; a joystick. By convention, a wheel-like control mechanism with a handgrip on opposite sides, similar to the steering wheel ofan automobiles, is also called the "stick".

  • Stick (noun)

    Use of the stick to control the aircraft.

  • Stick (noun)

    A memory stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    A composing stick, the tool used by compositors to assemble lines of type.

  • Stick (noun)

    A stick-like item:

  • Stick (noun)

    The clarinet. more often called the liquorice stick

    "licorice stick"

  • Stick (noun)

    right|thumb|two hockey sticks, for the goalie at rightright|thumb|a lacrosse stickA long thin implement used to control a ball or puck in sports like hockey, polo, and lacrosse.

    "Tripping with the stick is a violation of the rules."

  • Stick (noun)

    The short whip carried by a jockey.

  • Stick (noun)

    A board as used in board sports, such as a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard.

  • Stick (noun)

    The pole bearing a small flag that marks the hole.

    "pin|flagstick"

    "His wedge shot bounced off the stick and went in the hole."

  • Stick (noun)

    The cue used in billiards, pool, snooker, etc.

    "His stroke with that two-piece stick is a good as anybody's in the club."

  • Stick (noun)

    Ability; specifically:

  • Stick (noun)

    The game of pool, or an individual pool game.

    "He shoots a mean stick of pool."

  • Stick (noun)

    The long-range driving ability of a golf club.

  • Stick (noun)

    The potential hitting power of a specific bat.

  • Stick (noun)

    General hitting ability.

  • Stick (noun)

    A person or group of people. (Perhaps, in some senses, because people are, broadly speaking, tall and thin, like pieces of wood.)

  • Stick (noun)

    The potential accuracy of a hockey stick, implicating also the player using it.

  • Stick (noun)

    A thin or wiry person; particularly a flat-chested woman.

  • Stick (noun)

    An assistant planted in the audience.

    "plant|shill"

  • Stick (noun)

    A fighter pilot.

  • Stick (noun)

    Encouragement or punishment, or (resulting) vigour or other improved behavior.

  • Stick (noun)

    A small group of (infantry) soldiers.

  • Stick (noun)

    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.)

  • Stick (noun)

    Corporal punishment; beatings.

  • Stick (noun)

    Vigor; spirit; effort, energy, intensity.

    "ux|en|He really gave that digging some stick. = he threw himself into the task of digging"

    "ux|en|She really gave that bully some stick. = she berated him"

    "Give it some stick!"

  • Stick (noun)

    A measure.

  • Stick (noun)

    Vigorous driving of a car; gas.

  • Stick (noun)

    An English Imperial unit of length equal to 2 inches.

  • Stick (noun)

    The traction of tires on the road surface.

  • Stick (noun)

    The amount of fishing line resting on the water surface before a cast; line stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.

  • Stick (noun)

    Criticism or ridicule.

  • Stick (verb)

    To cut a piece of wood to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.

  • Stick (verb)

    To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick.

    "to stick type"

  • Stick (verb)

    To become or remain attached; to adhere.

    "The tape will not stick if it melts."

  • Stick (verb)

    To jam; to stop moving.

    "The lever sticks if you push it too far up."

  • Stick (verb)

    To tolerate, to endure, to stick with.

  • Stick (verb)

    To persist.

    "His old nickname stuck."

  • Stick (verb)

    Of snow, to remain frozen on landing.

  • Stick (verb)

    To remain loyal; to remain firm.

    "Just stick to your strategy, and you will win."

  • Stick (verb)

    To hesitate, to be reluctant; to refuse (in negative phrases).

  • Stick (verb)

    To be puzzled (at something), have difficulty understanding.

  • Stick (verb)

    To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.

  • Stick (verb)

    To attach with glue or as if by gluing.

    "Stick the label on the jar."

  • Stick (verb)

    To place, set down (quickly or carelessly).

    "Stick your bag over there and come with me."

  • Stick (verb)

    To press (something with a sharp point) into something else.

    "The balloon will pop when I stick this pin in it."

    "to stick a needle into one's finger"

  • Stick (verb)

    To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale.

    "to stick an apple on a fork"

  • Stick (verb)

    To adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing.

  • Stick (verb)

    To perform (a landing) perfectly.

    "Once again, the world champion sticks the dismount."

  • Stick (verb)

    To propagate plants by cuttings.

    "Stick cuttings from geraniums promptly."

  • Stick (verb)

    To run or plane (mouldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such mouldings are said to be stuck.

  • Stick (verb)

    To bring to a halt; to stymie; to puzzle.

    "to stick somebody with a hard problem"

  • Stick (verb)

    To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.

  • Stick (adjective)

    Likely to stick; sticking, sticky.

    "A non-stick pan. A stick plaster."

    "A sticker type of glue. The stickest kind of gum."

Wiktionary
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  • Stab

    To pierce with a pointed weapon; to wound or kill by the thrust of a pointed instrument; as, to stab a man with a dagger; also, to thrust; as, to stab a dagger into a person.

  • Stab

    Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.

  • Stab (verb)

    To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon.

  • Stab (verb)

    To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon.

  • Stab (noun)

    The thrust of a pointed weapon.

  • Stab (noun)

    A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon; as, to fall by the stab of an assassin.

  • Stab (noun)

    Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly; as, a stab given to character.

  • Stick (noun)

    A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber.

  • Stick (noun)

    Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.

  • Stick (noun)

    A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick.

  • Stick (noun)

    A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.

  • Stick (noun)

    A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.

  • Stick

    To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.

  • Stick

    To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.

  • Stick

    To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve.

  • Stick

    To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.

  • Stick

    To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.

  • Stick

    To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.

  • Stick

    To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner.

  • Stick

    To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.

  • Stick

    To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.

  • Stick

    To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.

  • Stick

    To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.

  • Stick (verb)

    To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.

  • Stick (verb)

    To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely.

  • Stick (verb)

    To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.

  • Stick (verb)

    To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; - often with at.

  • Stick (verb)

    To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Stab (noun)

    a sudden sharp feeling;

    "pangs of regret"

    "she felt a stab of excitement"

    "twinges of conscience"

  • Stab (noun)

    a thrusting blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument;

    "one strong stab to the heart killed him"

  • Stab (noun)

    informal words for any attempt or effort;

    "he gave it his best shot"

    "he took a stab at forecasting"

  • Stab (verb)

    use a knife on;

    "The victim was knifed to death"

  • Stab (verb)

    stab or pierce;

    "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"

  • Stab (verb)

    poke or thrust abruptly;

    "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"

  • Stick (noun)

    implement consisting of a length of wood;

    "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"

    "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"

  • Stick (noun)

    a small thin branch of a tree

  • Stick (noun)

    a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane

  • Stick (noun)

    informal terms of the leg;

    "fever left him weak on his sticks"

  • Stick (noun)

    marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking

  • Stick (noun)

    threat of a penalty;

    "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"

  • Stick (verb)

    fix, force, or implant;

    "lodge a bullet in the table"

  • Stick (verb)

    stay put (in a certain place);

    "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"

    "Stay put in the corner here!"

    "Stick around and you will learn something!"

  • Stick (verb)

    cause to protrude or as if to protrude;

    "stick one's hand out of the window"

    "stick one's nose into other people's business"

  • Stick (verb)

    stick to firmly;

    "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

  • Stick (verb)

    be or become fixed;

    "The door sticks--we will have to plane it"

  • Stick (verb)

    endure;

    "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"

  • Stick (verb)

    be a devoted follower or supporter;

    "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"

    "She sticks to her principles"

  • Stick (verb)

    be loyal to;

    "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"

    "The friends stuck together through the war"

  • Stick (verb)

    cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface;

    "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"

  • Stick (verb)

    fasten with an adhesive material like glue;

    "stick the poster onto the wall"

  • Stick (verb)

    fasten with or as with pins or nails;

    "stick the photo onto the corkboard"

  • Stick (verb)

    fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something;

    "stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"

  • Stick (verb)

    pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument;

    "he stuck the cloth with the needle"

  • Stick (verb)

    pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed;

    "He stuck the needle into his finger"

  • Stick (verb)

    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation;

    "The dress clings to her body"

    "The label stuck to the box"

    "The sushi rice grains cohere"

  • Stick (verb)

    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous;

    "They stuck me with the dinner bill"

    "I was stung with a huge tax bill"

  • Stick (verb)

    be a mystery or bewildering to;

    "This beats me!"

    "Got me--I don't know the answer!"

    "a vexing problem"

    "This question really stuck me"

Princeton's WordNet
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