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STALK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stalk mean? 

STALK (noun)
  The noun STALK has 5 senses:

1. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
2. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
3. a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
4. the act of following prey stealthily
5. a stiff or threatening gait

  Familiarity information: STALK used as a noun is common.


STALK (verb)
  The verb STALK has 3 senses:

1. walk stiffly
2. follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
3. go through (an area) in search of prey

  Familiarity information: STALK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STALK (noun)


Sense 1stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

stubble; stalk; shuck; husk; chaff; straw

Hypernyms ("stalk" is a kind of...):

plant material (material derived from plants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stalk"):

bran (broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting)


Sense 2stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

stalk; stem

Hypernyms ("stalk" is a kind of...):

plant organ (a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus)

Meronyms (parts of "stalk"):

receptacle (enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts)

internode (a segment of a stem between two nodes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stalk"):

cladode; cladophyll; phylloclad; phylloclade (a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf)

caudex; stock (persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant)

stipe (supporting stalk or stemlike structure especially of a pistil or fern frond or supporting a mushroom cap)

flower stalk; scape (erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground as in a tulip)

leafstalk; petiole (the slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf)

bulb (a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure)

corm (solid swollen underground bulb-shaped stem or stem base and serving as a reproductive structure)

branch (a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant)

culm (stem of plants of the Gramineae)

halm; haulm (stems of beans and peas and potatoes and grasses collectively as used for thatching and bedding)

bole; tree trunk; trunk (the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber)

beanstalk (stem of a bean plant)

caudex (woody stem of palms and tree ferns)

axis (the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged)

gynophore (the stalk of a pistil that raises it above the receptacle)

carpophore (a slender stalk that furnishes an axis for a carpel)

corn stalk; cornstalk (the stalk of a corn plant)

filament (the stalk of a stamen)

funicle; funiculus (the stalk of a plant ovule or seed)

petiolule (the stalk of a leaflet)

cane (a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane)

sporangiophore (stalk bearing one or more sporangia)

cutting; slip (a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting)

tuber (a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage)

rhizome; rootstalk; rootstock (a horizontal plant stem with shoots above and roots below serving as a reproductive structure)


Sense 3stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

still hunt; stalking; stalk

Hypernyms ("stalk" is a kind of...):

hunt; hunting (the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stalk"):

deerstalking (stalking deer)


Sense 4stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of following prey stealthily

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

stalking; stalk

Hypernyms ("stalk" is a kind of...):

chase; following; pursual; pursuit (the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture)


Sense 5stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stiff or threatening gait

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

angry walk; stalk

Hypernyms ("stalk" is a kind of...):

gait (a person's manner of walking)


STALK (verb)


Sense 1stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Walk stiffly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "stalk" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children stalk to the playground


Sense 2stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

haunt; stalk

Context examples:

her ex-boyfriend stalked her / the ghost of her mother haunted her

Hypernyms (to "stalk" is one way to...):

follow; pursue (follow in or as if in pursuit)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3stalk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go through (an area) in search of prey

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

stalk the woods for deer

Hypernyms (to "stalk" is one way to...):

follow; pursue (follow in or as if in pursuit)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The men stalk the area for animals


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