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Meaning of stalk

stalk

Pronunciation: (stôk), [key]
— n.
  1. the stem or main axis of a plant.
  2. any slender supporting or connecting part of a plant, as the petiole of a leaf, the peduncle of a flower, or the funicle of an ovule.
  3. a similar structural part of an animal.
  4. a stem, shaft, or slender supporting part of anything.
  5. a slender lever, usually mounted on or near the steering wheel, that is used by the driver to control a signal or function: The horn button is on the turn-signal stalk.

stalk

Pronunciation: (stôk), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to pursue or approach prey, quarry, etc., stealthily.
  2. to walk with measured, stiff, or haughty strides: He was so angry he stalked away without saying goodbye.
  3. to proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner: Famine stalked through the nation.
  4. to walk or go stealthily along.
—v.t.
  1. to pursue (game, a person, etc.) stealthily.
  2. to proceed through (an area) in search of prey or quarry: to stalk the woods for game.
  3. to proceed or spread through in a steady or sinister manner: Disease stalked the land.
—n.
  1. an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like: We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
  2. a slow, stiff stride or gait.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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