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Meaning of sticking by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɪkɪŋ



    1. Present participle of stick .


Explanation of sticking by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary

    2. a pile of boards sticking over the end of his truck

    Definition of sticking by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Stick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck ( Obs. Sticked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sticking.] [OE. stikien, v.t. & i., combined with steken, whence E. stuck ), AS. stician, v.t. & i., and ( assumed ) stecan, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka, OS. stekan, OHG. stehhan, G. stechen, and to Gr. to prick, Skr. tij to be sharp. Cf. Distinguish, Etiquette, Extinct, Instigate, Instinct, Prestige, Stake, Steak, Stick, n., Stigma, Stimulate, Sting, Stitch in sewing, Style for or in writing.]
      1. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, “to stick a beast”.

      And sticked him with bodkins anon. Chaucer.

      It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray. Sir W. Scott.

      2. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, “to stick a needle into one's finger”.

      Thou stickest a dagger in me. Shak.

      3. To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, “to stick a pin on the sleeve”.

      My shroud of white, stuck all with yew. Shak.

      The points of spears are stuck within the shield. Dryden.

      4. To set; to fix in; as, “to stick card teeth”.

      5. To set with something pointed; as, “to stick cards”.

      6. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, “to stick an apple on a fork”.

      7. To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, “to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner”.

      8. ( Print. ) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, “to stick type”. [Cant]

      9. ( Joinery ) To run or plane ( moldings ) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.

      10. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, “to stick one with a hard problem”. [Colloq.]

      11. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat. [Slang]

      To stick out, to cause to project or protrude; to render prominent.

    2. Sticking, a. & n. from Stick, v.

      Sticking piece, a piece of beef cut from the neck. [Eng.] -- Sticking place, the place where a thing sticks, or remains fast; sticking point.

      But screw your courage to the sticking place,

      And we'll not fail. Shak.

      -- Sticking plaster, an adhesive plaster for closing wounds, and for similar uses. -- Sticking point. Same as Sticking place, above.