American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A stem or main axis of a herbaceous plant.
- n. A stem or similar structure that supports a plant part such as a flower, flower cluster, or leaf.
- n. A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that holds up an organ or another body part.
- v. To walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait: stalked off in a huff.
- v. To move threateningly or menacingly.
- v. To track prey or quarry.
- v. To pursue by tracking stealthily.
- v. To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.
- v. To go through (an area) in pursuit of prey or quarry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To walk cautiously or stealthily; steal along; creep.
- To steal up to game under cover of something else; hunt game by approaching stealthily and warily behind a cover.
- To walk with slow, dignified strides; pace in a lofty, imposing manner.
- In sporting, to pursue stealthily, or behind a cover; follow warily for the purpose of killing, as game.
- n. The pursuit of game by stealthy approach or under cover.
- n. A high, proud, stately step or walk.
- n. The stem or main axis of a plant; that part of a plant which rises directly from the root, and which usually supports the leaves, flowers, and fruit: as, a stalk of wheat or hemp.
- n. The pedicel of a flower or the peduncle of a flower-cluster (flower-stalk), the petiole of a leaf (leafstalk), the stipe of an ovary, etc., or any similar supporting organ; in mosses, a seta.
- n. A straw.
- n. In architecture, an ornament in the Corinthian capital which resembles the stalk of a plant, and is sometimes fluted. From it the volutes or helices spring. Compare caulis and cauliculus.
- n. One of the upright side-pieces of a ladder, in which the rounds or steps are placed.
- n. The shaft or handle of anything, especially when slender, likened to the stalk of a plant; the stem: as, the stalk of a wine-glass; the stalk of a tobacco-pipe.
- n. In zoology, some part or organ like a stalk; a stem; a stipe. A pedicel or peduncle; a footstalk; a supporting part: as, the stalk of some barnacles.
- n. A tall chimney, as of a furnace, factory, or laboratory.
- n. In founding, an iron rod armed with spikes, used to form the nucleus of a core.
- n. The longish piece that supports the seed-carrying parts of a plant.
- v. To approach slowly and quietly in order not to be discovered when getting closer.
- v. To (try to) follow or contact someone constantly, often resulting in harassment (Wikipedia).
- n. A particular episode of trying to follow or contact someone.
- n. A hunt.
- v. intransitive To walk haughtily.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The stem or main axis of a plant
- n. The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant.
- n. That which resembles the stalk of a plant, as the stem of a quill.
- n. (Arch.) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring.
- n. obsolete One of the two upright pieces of a ladder.
- n. A stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and crinoids.
- n. The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect.
- n. The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.
- n. (Founding) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor.
- v. To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive pronoun.
- v. To walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under cover.
- v. To walk with high and proud steps; -- usually implying the affectation of dignity, and indicating dislike. The word is used, however, especially by the poets, to express dignity of step.
- v. To approach under cover of a screen, or by stealth, for the purpose of killing, as game.
- v. To follow (a person) persistently, with or without attempts to evade detection.
- n. A high, proud, stately step or walk.
- n. The act or process of stalking.
- n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
- v. follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
- v. walk stiffly
- n. a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
- n. a stiff or threatening gait
- n. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
- v. go through (an area) in search of prey
- n. the act of following prey stealthily
- 1530, 'to walk haughtily', perhaps from Old English stealc 'steep', from Proto-Germanic *stelkaz, *stalkaz 'high, lofty, steep, stiff'; see above (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, probably diminutive of stale, upright of a ladder, post, handle, from Old English stalu; see stel- in Indo-European roots.Middle English stalken, from Old English -stealcian, to move stealthily (in bestealcian). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Maybe there are, but hey, I'm not in their world and such prigginess as they and theirs soon won't be in our world -- their stalk is too spindly.”
“Spot and stalk is the most rewarding hunting i can do.”
“Took her antelope hunting once because it is pretty easy to chat and be social (spot and stalk from the truck), plus the weather is usually nice.”
“Gardenin 'Gandalf's stalk is meanwhile a healthy, healthy stalk.”
“I thought it was going to be an Abigail ` s Party it had ALison Steadman in it ... it was overtly anti Conservative though and I was obliged to stalk from the room in righteous fury.”
“The stalk is white fading into cerise down near the roots: both stalk and leaves are eaten.”
“Some larger stalks have a fairly thick skin and may need two passes of the peeler ... you can tell when you got it all when the inner flesh of the stalk is exposed ... it has a softer wet-green look, with no fibers visible and a consistency like a cut radish or potato.”
“While most agaves actually take from eight to twenty years to accumulate sufficient food reserves for their reproductive cycle to begin and their showy flowers to be produced, the flowering stalk is well worth waiting for.”
“The Buda Kale somewhat resembles the Purple; but the stalk is shorter.”
“The fruit-stalk is short, nearly cylindrical, never deeply five-furrowed, but merely longitudinally striated or wrinkled, and never clavated, or enlarged with projecting angles, next to the fruit.”
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