Dictionary: STEW'ARD – STICK'LE

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STEW'ARD, v.t.

To manage as a steward. [Not in use.] – Fuller.


With the care of a steward. [Little used.] – Tooker.


The office of a steward. – Calamy.


An overseer or superintendent. The stewartry of provisions. – Tooke.

STEW'ED, pp.

Gently boiled; boiled in heat.


The act of seething slowly.

STEW'ING, ppr.

Boiling in a moderate heat.


Suiting a brothel.


A pan in which things are stewed.

STHEN'IC, a. [Gr. σθενος.]

In medicine, attended with a preternatural and morbid increase of vital energy, and strength of action in the heart and arteries; phlogistic.

STIB'I-AL, a. [L. stibium, antimony.]

Like or having the qualities of antimony; antimonial.

STIB'I-A-RI-AN, n. [from L. stibium.]

A violent man. [An improper word and not in use.] – White.


Impregnated with antimony.

STIB'I-UM, n. [L.]



A plant. – Ainsworth.

STICH, n. [Gr. στιχος.]

  1. In poetry, a verse, of whatever measure or number of feet. [Stich is used in numbering the books of Scripture.]
  2. In rural affairs, an order or rank of trees. [In New England, as much land as lies between double furrows, is called stitch, or a land.]

STICH'O-MAN-CY, n. [Gr. στιχος and μαντεια.]

Divination by lines or passages of books taken at hazard. – Brande.

STICH-OM'E-TRY, n. [Gr. στιχος, a verse, and μετρον, measure.]

A catalogue of the books of Scriputre, with the number of verses which each book contains.


A plant of the genus Stellaria.

STICK, n. [Sax. sticψa; G. stecken; D. stok; Dan. stikke; Sw. stake, sticka; It. stecca. This word is connected with the verb to stick, with stock, stack, and other words having the like elements. The primary sense of the root is to thrust, to shoot, and to set; Fr. tige, a stalk.]

  1. The small shoot or branch of a tree or shrub, cut off; a rod; also, a staff; as, to strike one with a stick.
  2. Any stem of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber. It is applied in America to any long and slender piece of timber, round or square, from the smallest size to the largest, used in the frames of buildings; as, a stick of timber for a post, a beam or a rafter.
  3. Many instruments, long and slender, are called sticks; as, the composing stick of printers.
  4. A thrust with a pointed instrument that penetrates a body; a stab. Stick of eels, the number of twenty-five eels. A bind contains ten sticks. – Encyc.

STICK, v.i.

  1. To adhere; to hold to by cleaving to the surface, as by tenacity or attraction; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall, and causes paper to stick. I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick to thy scales. – Ezek. xxii
  2. To be united; to be inseparable; to cling fast to, as something reproachful. If on your fame our sex a blot has thrown, / 'Twill ever stick, through malice of your own. – Young.
  3. To rest with the memory; to abide. – Bacon.
  4. To stop; to be impeded by adhesion or obstruction; as, the carriage sticks in the mire.
  5. To stop; to be arrested in a course. My faltering tongue / Sticks at the sound. – Smith.
  6. To stop; to hesitate. He sticks at no difficulty; he sticks at the commission of no crime; he sticks at nothing.
  7. To adhere; to remain; to resist efforts to remove. I had most need of blessing, and amen / Stuck in my throat. – Shak.
  8. To cause difficulties or scruples; to cause to hesitate. This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable. – Swift.
  9. To be stopped or hindered from proceeding; as, a bill passed the senate, but stuck in the house of representatives. They never doubted the commons, but heard all stuck in the lords' house. – Clarendon.
  10. To be embarrassed or puzzled. They will stick long at part of a demonstration, for want of perceiving the connection between two ideas. – Locke.
  11. To adhere closely in friendship and affection. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Prov. xviii. To stick to, to adhere closely; to be constant; to be firm; to be persevering; as, to stick to a party or cause. The advantage will be on our side, if we stick to its essentials. – Addison. To stick by, to adhere closely; to be constant; to be firm in supporting. We are your only friends; stick by us, and we will stick by you. – Davenant. #2. To be troublesome by adhering. I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by you. – Pope. To stick upon, to dwell upon; not to forsake. If the matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and stick upon it with labor and thought. [Not elegant.] – Locke. To stick out, to project; to be prominent. His bones that were not seen, stick out. – Job xxxiii.

STICK, v.t. [pret. and pp. stuck. Sax. stican, stician; G. stetchen, to sting or prick, and stecken, to stick, to adhere; D. stecken, to prick or stab; stikken, to stitch; Dan. stikker, to sting, to prick; Sw. sticka; Gr. σιζω, στιγμα; W. ystigaw; Ir. steacham. If formed on the elements Dg, Tg, this family of words coincides in elements with tack, attack, attach.]

  1. To pierce; to stab; to cause to enter, as a pointed instrument; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast in slaughter. [A common use of the word.]
  2. To thrust in; to fasten or cause to remain by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve. The points of spears are stuck within the shield. – Dryden.
  3. To fasten; to attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a patch or plaster; to stick on a thing with paste or glue.
  4. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
  5. To set with something pointed; as, to slick cards.
  6. To fix on a pointed instrument; as, to stick an apple on fork.

STICK'I-NESS, n. [from stick.]

The quality of a thing which makes it adhere to a plane surface; adhesiveness; viscousness; glutinousness; tenacity; as, the stickiness of glue or paste.

STICK'LE, v.i. [from the practice of prize-fighters, who placed seconds with staffs or sticks to interpose occasionally. – Johnson.]

  1. To take part with one side or other. Fortune, as she wont, turn'd fickle, / And for the foe began to stickle. – Hudibras.
  2. To contend; to contest; to altercate. Let the parties stickle each for his favorite doctrine.
  3. To trim; to play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other. – Dryden.

STICK'LE, v.t.

To arbitrate. [Not in use.] – Drayton.