American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mahlstick.
- n. art 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while working.
- n. a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush
- 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)
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“Whirling around, she grabbed the maulstick and slammed it into him, driving the al'ready half-unconscious mass into the cell bars.”
“Making himself as large as possible, he gestured with his maulstick.”
“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.”
“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 idiot who'd been jabbed by his own maulstick had only gotten what he'd deserved for his carelessness.”
“He waved his maulstick vaguely, as if in reference to the professorial practice of Munich, or to the antediluvian school of England.”
“Let me look," she said, leaning back towards Denoisel and holding her maulstick and palette out in front of her.”
“The painter took his brushes and his pallet, and his maulstick.”
“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.”
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