Definition of Stalk

1. Noun. Material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds.

Exact synonyms: Chaff, Husk, Shuck, Straw, Stubble
Specialized synonyms: Bran
Generic synonyms: Plant Material, Plant Substance
Derivative terms: Chaffy, Husk, Shuck

2. Verb. Walk stiffly. "The children stalk to the playground"
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Stalker

3. Noun. A slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ.

4. Verb. Follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to. ; "The ghost of her mother haunted her"
Exact synonyms: Haunt
Generic synonyms: Follow, Pursue

5. Noun. A hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush.
Exact synonyms: Stalking, Still Hunt
Generic synonyms: Hunt, Hunting
Specialized synonyms: Deerstalking

6. Verb. Go through (an area) in search of prey. "The men stalk the area for animals "; "Stalk the woods for deer"
Generic synonyms: Follow, Pursue
Derivative terms: Stalker, Stalker, Stalking

7. Noun. The act of following prey stealthily.
Exact synonyms: Stalking
Generic synonyms: Chase, Following, Pursual, Pursuit

8. Noun. A stiff or threatening gait.
Exact synonyms: Angry Walk
Generic synonyms: Gait

Definition of Stalk

1. n. The stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp.

2. v. i. To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive pronoun.

3. v. t. To approach under cover of a screen, or by stealth, for the purpose of killing, as game.

4. n. A high, proud, stately step or walk.

5. n. The act or process of stalking.

Definition of Stalk

1. Noun. The longish piece that supports the seed-carrying parts of a plant. ¹

2. Verb. To approach slowly and quietly in order not to be discovered when getting closer. ¹

3. Verb. To (try to) follow or contact someone constantly, often resulting in harassment. ¹

4. Noun. A particular episode of trying to follow or contact someone. ¹

5. Noun. (of wild animals) A hunt. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To walk haughtily. ¹

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Definition of Stalk

1. to pursue stealthily [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Stalk

1. A stem. Usually refers to the pituitary stalk that connects the pituitary gland to the hypothalamus. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stalk

stale metaphor
stalk (current term)
stalk of epiglottis
stalked hydatid
stalked puffball

Literary usage of Stalk

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Thomas Pickering Pick (1897)
"This is the "belly stalk," in the interior of which is to be found the umbilical vesicle, •which has been carried backward by the constriction which ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"This stalk is merely the outdrawn termination of the body. ... Turning to Rhabdo- A serious error has been made in comparing the contractile stalk of the ..."

3. Outlines of Botany for the High School Laboratory and Classroom by Robert Greenleaf Leavitt, Charles Herbert Clark, Mrs. Sophia M'Ilvaine (Bledsoe) Herrick, Asa Gray (1885)
"29 shows a corn stalk cut across. You see some roundish holes, marked a; these are the ends of tubes that run through the stalk. ..."

4. The Cyclopædia;: Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Abraham Rees by Abraham Rees (1819)
"stalk capillary, with one or two flowers. Leaves radical, oval. ... stalk fimple. Flowers umbellate, with capillary partial ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1862)
"The stalk has a buoyant power sufficient to carry its own weight, the cistern, and the mercury in the cistern, at the lowest pressure ..."

6. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"The larva is thus made fast fore and aft, its claws are fast to the egg stalk and its anus is fast to the cast skin within the egg Flc;. 9. ..."

7. The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America: Or, The Culture, Propagation, and by Andrew Jackson Downing, Charles Downing (1860)
"stalk half an inch long, in a shallow cavity. Flesh, greenish-white, exceedingly tender, juicy and crisp, with a delicious, sprightly, agreeably perfumed ..."

8. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1804)
"In those experiments, I cut the leaf-stalk into the form of a wedge, and made an incision in the fruit- stalk, adapted to receive it; but, ..."

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