walking stick


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 walking stick was consigned to Guernsey’s by the Williams family in Milford, Connecticut. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 The walking stick was consigned to Guernsey’s by the Williams family in Milford, Connecticut. Washington Post, "Titanic survivor’s light-up cane to be sold at auction," 4 July 2019 In Walter Lord's book about the Titanic and in investigative hearings after its 1912 sinking, it's documented that White appointed herself as a signalman for lifeboat 8, waving her walking stick about. Jennifer Mcdermott, courant.com, "Milford family sells Titanic survivor’s light-up cane for $62,500 at auction," 22 July 2019 Paul Knauth scrambled up a steep, rocky canyon in the Black Mountains of Death Valley National Park, sporting gloves and a walking stick to help navigate the sharp scree. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 Each category offers a wide range of just about everything from windbreakers and trail pants to walking sticks and tactical vests. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Fila's Newest Collection Will Get You Outside ASAP," 18 July 2019 Another wall holds walking sticks visitors can borrow for the trails. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hiking a ‘perfect place’ at North Branford’s Harrison Farm Preserve," 28 June 2019 Each year, the island’s 107 residents welcome around 10,000 tourists who arrive on Eigg with walking sticks in hand, prepared for a daylong jaunt of wildlife discovery. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Visit a wild and beautiful Scottish island owned by its residents," 26 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of walking stick

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of walking stick

: a stick that is used to help someone to walk

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Kids Definition of walking stick

1 : a stick used to maintain balance when walking

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