walking stick

noun

Definition of walking stick

1 : a straight rod or stick (as of wood or aluminum) that is used to provide stability in walking or hiking
2 : stick insect especially : one (Diapheromera femorata) of the U.S. and Canada

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The couple used a walking stick to fend it off, and the cat bit and ate the end of the stick, according to wildlife officials. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "Bobcat captured after attacks on Marin hikers," 18 June 2019 Intrigued by the spectacular sight, walking stick-wielding locals and their canine companions ventured closer, leaving a trail of footprints in the wet ash blanketing the ground. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rock Art and Footprints Reveal How Ancient Humans Responded to Volcanic Eruption," 4 June 2019 For decades, lightweight fleece jackets could be found somewhere between the carabiners and walking sticks at any self-respecting outdoor retailer. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 The smaller size looks like something between an umbrella and a parasol, and is designed to hang comfortably on a forearm rather than rap the ground like a walking stick. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "What to Do in London When it Pours," 23 Aug. 2018 At past meetings, elderly relatives — some relying on wheelchairs or walking sticks — have wept, hugged and caressed each other in a rush of emotions. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "'Dream or reality?' Koreans to meet after decades apart," 18 Aug. 2018 Investigators clambered down and found a walking stick, beloved by Atwood, covered in blood. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Police: Hit-and-run victim had crawled on to roadway after being severely beaten," 22 June 2018 Amanda Finn, the museum’s executive director, began rushing to remove historical artifacts, including a walking stick that President Andrew Jackson had given Carson. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Immense rains are causing more flash flooding, and experts say it’s getting worse," 24 June 2018 The cameras are among a number of personal possessions on display: a walking stick, a watercolor box, Homer’s Civil War press pass, a fishing net, a knapsack, a family photo album. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A different lens for Winslow Homer," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of walking stick

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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walking stick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of walking stick

: a stick that is used to help someone to walk

walking stick

noun

Kids Definition of walking stick

1 : a stick used to maintain balance when walking

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