from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game played with a pile of straws or thin sticks, with the players attempting in turn to remove a single stick without disturbing the others.
- n. One of the straws or sticks used in this game.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the pieces used for the game variously called jackstraws or pick-up-sticks.
- n. An insignificant person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An effigy stuffed with straw; a scarecrow; hence, a man without property or influence.
- n. One of a set of straws of strips of ivory, bone, wood, etc., for playing a child's game, the jackstraws being thrown confusedly together on a table, to be gathered up singly by a hooked instrument, without touching or disturbing the rest of the pile. See Spilikin. A modern variation, called
pick-up-sticks(U.S. 1940+), is played with thin wooden sticks of different colors, each color having different values for scoring; the sticks are dislodged from the pile with the hand or with one of the sticks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure or effigy of a man made of straw; hence, a man without any substance or means; a dependent. Also jack of straw.
- n. One of a set of straws or strips of ivory, wood, bone, or the like, used in a children's game.
- n. plural The game thus played.
- n. [capitalized] In English history, a name assumed by rick-burners and destroyers of machines during the early years of the nineteenth century.
- n. The whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea, also called winnell-straw, from the straw used in making its nest. See strawsmall.
- n. The blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
- n. The narrow-leafed plantain, Plantago lanceolata. Also called rib-grass and English plantain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
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