Walking stick
Walking Walk"ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10.

{Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}.

{Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below.

{Walking fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic fishes of the genus {Ophiocephalus}, some of which, as {Ophiocephalus marulius}, become over four feet long. They have a special cavity over the gills lined with a membrane adapted to retain moisture to aid in respiration, and are thus able to travel considerable distances over the land at night, whence the name. They construct a curious nest for their young. Called also {langya}.

{Walking gentleman} (Theater), an actor who usually fills subordinate parts which require a gentlemanly appearance but few words. [Cant]

{Walking lady} (Theater), an actress who usually fills such parts as require only a ladylike appearance on the stage. [Cant]

{Walking leaf}. (a) (Bot.) A little American fern ({Camptosorus rhizophyllus}); -- so called because the fronds taper into slender prolongations which often root at the apex, thus producing new plants. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A leaf insect. See under {Leaf}.

{Walking papers}, or {Walking ticket}, an order to leave; dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's walking papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired. [Colloq.] --Bartlett.

{Walking stick}. (a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support or amusement when walking; a cane. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A stick insect; -- called also {walking straw}. See Illust. of {Stick insect}, under {Stick}.

{Walking wheel} (Mach.), a prime mover consisting of a wheel driven by the weight of men or animals walking either in it or on it; a treadwheel. [1913 Webster]


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  • Walking stick — may also refer to a stick insect, of the Order Phasmatodea, which uses camouflage to resemble a stick or twig. A walking stick is a tool used by many people to assist walking. Walking sticks come in many shapes and sizes, even leading some people …   Wikipedia

  • walking stick — walking sticks N COUNT A walking stick is a long wooden stick which a person can lean on while walking …   English dictionary

  • walking stick — ► NOUN ▪ a stick with a curved handle used for support when walking …   English terms dictionary

  • walking stick — 1. a stick carried when walking; cane 2. any of various elongated, wingless, phasmid insects resembling a twig, esp. a North American species (Diapheromera femorata) feeding on plants: also walkingstick n …   English World dictionary

  • walking stick — walking ,stick noun count 1. ) a stick that some people use to help them walk 2. ) AMERICAN a green or brown insect with a long thin body that looks like a stick …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • walking stick — n a stick that is used to support someone, especially an old person, while they walk = ↑cane …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • walking stick — noun 1. a stick carried in the hand for support in walking (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑stick • Hyponyms: ↑cane, ↑supplejack 2. any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • walking stick — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms walking stick : singular walking stick plural walking sticks a stick that some people use to help them to walk …   English dictionary

  • walking stick — noun 1》 a stick with a curved handle used for support when walking. 2》 (also walking stick insect) North American term for stick insect …   English new terms dictionary

  • walking stick — walk′ing stick n. 1) a stick held in the hand and used to help support oneself while walking 2) ent Also, walk′ing•stick Also called stick insect any of several insects of the family Phasmatidae, having a long, slender, twiglike body. • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

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