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

  • n. A cane or staff used as an aid in walking.
  • n. A stick insect, especially a widely distributed North American species (Diapheromera femorata) that is brown to greenish and usually inhabits deciduous trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool, such as a cane, used to ease pressure on the legs, and to aid stability, when walking.
  • n. A stick insect.
  • n. A playing card with the rank of seven.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A stick insect; -- called also walking straw. See Illust. of Stick insect, under Stick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stick prepared for use as an assistance in walking, differing from the staff (compare pilgrim's staff, under pilgrim, and bourdon) in being generally shorter and lighter.
  • n. Any one of the slender-bodied species of the gressorial orthopterous family Phasmid ├Ž; a stick-bug; a specter.

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

  • n. any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies
  • n. a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
  • n. any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies


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  • Before we rose to go, Gulbarchyn shyly presented me with a walking stick of wild plum she had been whittling by the fireside, and the little family invited us to supper with them in the camp next day.


  • Handing his walking stick to the footman, the dashing knight offered one arm to Allegra and the other to Miss Terwilliger.

    One Night Of Scandal

  • Iverson's nephew moved very fast, lifting the heavy walking stick and slamming it down on the Captain's wrist before the old man could pull back the hammer.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Ned lounged in the ladder-backed chair across from Lottie, rhythmically tapping his walking stick on the hardwood floor.

    One Night Of Scandal

  • But now he banged his walking stick down on the table, mak-fag both Harvey and the Ishi jump.

    the dirty duck

  • As we bent down the branches and stripped them of plums, I thought of our family rosehip-and blackberry-picking expeditions in the Chilterns, of how my father would use the crook of his walking stick to bend down the higher branches, and the musical sound of the postbox-red rosehips tumbling into a saucepan.


  • After a few moments, Tarak emerged, his carrypack secure, walking stick in hand.


  • Forgetting his mission, Qwilleran hurried downstairs, threw the key in the drawer of the Fitzwallow eyesore, and grabbed a sturdy walking stick from the umbrella stand in the foyer.

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • And he walked like Mostyn, and he talked like Mostyn, and spread out his legs, and twirled his walking stick like Mostyn, and asked them ` if they would wish him to go to Parliament in that kind of a shape, as he'd try and do it if they wanted a tailor-made man '; and they laughed him down, and then he spoke reasonable to them.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

  • I declined a kind offer that I should sleep in the lee of the pile of odoriferous hides, lay down on a heap of hay about 10 P.M., and slept right through till half-past five next morning, when I was surprised to find I had rolled into a dry ditch, and had slept on top of Marko's thick walking stick and a large stone.

    High Albania


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