Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long wooden stick used by painters as a support to keep the hand that holds the brush from touching the painting surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short stick with a pad on one end, used by a painter to steady his hand, and to prevent it from accidentally touching the painting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while working.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as mahlstick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush

Etymologies

Partial translation of obsolete Dutch maalstok : malen, to paint (from Middle Dutch, from mal, a spot, mark) + stok, stick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Despite taking a solid whack from the purloined maulstick, he held on long enough for his compan-ions to pile in.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • Whirling around, she grabbed the maulstick and slammed it into him, driving the al'ready half-unconscious mass into the cell bars.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • Making himself as large as possible, he gestured with his maulstick.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • As he did so, he noted the deep scars on its muzzle and body, the dark slashes that were the mark of a maulstick applied at maximum power.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • It was not improved when the box's inhabitant managed to grab the end of one maulstick, turn it around, and jab its owner in the hand.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • The idiot who'd been jabbed by his own maulstick had only gotten what he'd deserved for his carelessness.

    The Chronicles of Riddick

  • He waved his maulstick vaguely, as if in reference to the professorial practice of Munich, or to the antediluvian school of England.

    With the Procession

  • "Let me look," she said, leaning back towards Denoisel and holding her maulstick and palette out in front of her.

    Renée Mauperin

  • The painter took his brushes and his pallet, and his maulstick.

    Trumps

  • "I have seen him, with my own eyes, get into a diligence for Strasbourg -- he and his trunks, and all his effects -- that is, to say, a hatbox, a maulstick, and a box of colors."

    Mysteries of Paris, V3

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