From (etyl) stalke, diminutive of stale'' 'ladder upright, stalk', from (etyl) stalu 'wooden upright', from (etyl) ).
The stem or main axis of a plant, which supports the seed-carrying parts.
*:Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, withon one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle of a plant.
Something resembling the stalk of a plant, such as the stem of a quill.
(lb) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring.
One of the two upright pieces of a ladder.
#A stem or peduncle, as in certain barnacles and crinoids.
#The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect.
#The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.
(lb) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor.
From (etyl) stalken, from (etyl) -).
[Robert K. Barnhart and Sol Steinmetz, eds., ''Chambers Dictionary of Etymology , s.v. "stalk2" (New York: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd., 2006), 1057.]
Alternate etymology connects (etyl) 'to steal'.
(lb) To approach slowly and quietly in order not to be discovered when getting closer.
*Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
*:As for shooting a man from behind a wall, it is cruelly like to stalking a deer.
*:But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over Drina, whom he was stalking .
(lb) To (try to) follow or contact someone constantly, often resulting in harassment.(w)
(lb) To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner.
*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
*:[Bertran] stalks close behind her, like a witch's fiend, / Pressing to be employed.
(lb) To walk behind something, such as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under cover.
*(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
*:The king"I must stalk ," said he.
*(Michael Drayton) (1563-1631)
*:One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk .
A particular episode of trying to follow or contact someone.
A hunt (of a wild animal).
1530, 'to walk haughtily', perhaps from (etyl) 'high, lofty, steep, stiff'; see above
To walk haughtily.
- With manly mien he stalked along the ground.
- Then stalking through the deep, / He fords the ocean.
- I forbear myself from entering the lists in which he has long stalked alone and unchallenged.
A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
* (and other bibliographic particulars),
- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
# A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
(Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.
* (croquet) peg
* burn at the stake
* pull up stakes
* stake of Zion
To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
To pierce or wound with a stake.
To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
- to stake vines or plants.
To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.
* (put at risk) wager, bet
* stake a claim
* stake out