3. A row, line, or rank of trees.
(Stich"ic) a. [Gr. stichiko`s.] Of or pertaining to stichs, or lines; consisting of stichs, or lines.
(||Sti*chid"i*um) n.; pl. Stichida [NL., fr. Gr. dim. of a row.] (Bot.) A special podlike or
fusiform branch containing tetraspores. It is found in certain red algæ.
(Stich"o*man`cy) n. [Gr. a line + -mancy.] Divination by lines, or passages of books,
taken at hazard.
(Stich`o*met"ric*al) a. Of or pertaining to stichometry; characterized by stichs, or lines.
(Stich*om"e*try) n. [Gr. a line + -metry.]
1. Measurement of books by the number of lines which they contain.
2. Division of the text of a book into lines; especially, the division of the text of books into lines accommodated
to the sense, a method of writing manuscripts used before punctuation was adopted.
(Stich"wort`) n. (Bot.) A kind of chickweed [Written also stitchwort.]
(Stick) n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff,
OHG. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. See Stick, v. t..]
1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of
a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber.
Withered sticks to gather, which might serveMilton.
Against a winter's day.
2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a
rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.]
5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters,
handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
A stick of eels, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.] Stick chimney, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise,
and cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.] Stick insect, (Zoöl.), any one of
various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidæ, which have a long round body,
resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to
make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they
live. The common American species is Diapheromera femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more
than a foot long. To cut one's stick, or To cut stick, to run away. [Slang] De Quincey.
(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.]