American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long, stout staff pointed with iron, originally used by the Alpine mountaineers, and now generally adopted by mountain-climbers.
- n. a stout adjustable walking stick with a metal point, used by mountain climbers and walkers in hilly or uneven terrain
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A long staff, pointed with iron, used in climbing the Alps.
- n. a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
- German : Alpen, Alps + Stock, staff (from Middle High German stoc, from Old High German). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You see, the alpenstock is his trophy; his name is burned upon it; and if he has climbed a hill, or jumped a brook, or traversed a brickyard with it, he has the names of those places burned upon it, too.”
“She accepted the "alpenstock" gratefully and soon found it useful for both purposes.”
“The picture of him limned itself on her inner vision, and before she was aware she was pleasuring in the memory of the grace of his magnificent body, of his splendid shoulders, of the power in him that tossed her lightly on a horse, bore her safely through the thundering breakers, or towed her at the end of an alpenstock up the stern lava crest of the House of the Sun.”
“She waved her alpenstock, and as he doffed his cap, rounded the brink and disappeared.”
“In addition, she carried for alpenstock the willow pole of Neepoosa.”
“She advances over the upland, jumps over the brook, with the aid of her alpenstock, and climbs up the hillock.”
“Every lady had her guide and alpenstock, every man had his alpenstock, and all of us were strapped round our waists to hold on to each other.”
“Once I slipped, and my legs fell in, and my alpenstock; but I clung to the stump till hauled up.”
“I bought one, and a green felt hat and an alpenstock to keep it company.”
“To scatter a caravan so as to allow me to pass in solitary dignity he regarded as one of his functions, and on one occasion, on a very dangerous part of the road, as he was driving heavily laden mules up the steep rocks above, to their imminent peril and the distraction of their drivers, I was obliged to strike up his sword with my alpenstock to emphasise my abhorrence of his violence.”
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