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 for Stalk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stalk \Stalk\ (st[add]k), v. t.
     1. To approach under cover of a screen, or by stealth, for
        the purpose of killing, as game.
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              As for shooting a man from behind a wall, it is
              cruelly like to stalking a deer.      --Sir W.
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     2. To follow (a person) persistently, with or without
        attempts to evade detection; as, the paparazzi stalk
        celebrities to get candid photographs; obsessed fans may
        stalk their favorite movie stars.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stalk \Stalk\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stalked (st[add]kt); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Stalking.] [AS. staelcan, stealcian to go slowly;
     cf. stealc high, elevated, Dan. stalke to stalk; probably
     akin to 1st stalk.]
     1. To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy,
        noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive
        pronoun. --Shak.
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              Into the chamber he stalked him full still.
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              [Bertran] stalks close behind her, like a witch's
              Pressing to be employed.              --Dryden.
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     2. To walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of
        approaching game; to proceed under cover.
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              The king . . . crept under the shoulder of his led
              horse; . . . "I must stalk," said he. --Bacon.
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              One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk.
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     3. To walk with high and proud steps; -- usually implying the
        affectation of dignity, and indicating dislike. The word
        is used, however, especially by the poets, to express
        dignity of step.
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              With manly mien he stalked along the ground.
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              Then stalking through the deep,
              He fords the ocean.                   --Addison.
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              I forbear myself from entering the lists in which he
              has long stalked alone and unchallenged. --Merivale.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stalk \Stalk\ (st[add]k), n. [OE. stalke, fr. AS. stael, stel, a
     stalk. See Stale a handle, Stall.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) The stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of
            wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp.
        (b) The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant.
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     2. That which resembles the stalk of a plant, as the stem of
        a quill. --Grew.
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     3. (Arch.) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling
        the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices
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     4. One of the two upright pieces of a ladder. [Obs.]
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              To climb by the rungs and the stalks. --Chaucer.
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     5. (Zool.)
        (a) A stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and
        (b) The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a
            hymenopterous insect.
        (c) The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.
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     6. (Founding) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core
        to strengthen it; a core arbor.
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     Stalk borer (Zool.), the larva of a noctuid moth ({Gortyna
        nitela), which bores in the stalks of the raspberry,
        strawberry, tomato, asters, and many other garden plants,
        often doing much injury.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stalk \Stalk\, n.
     1. A high, proud, stately step or walk.
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              Thus twice before, . . .
              With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
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              The which with monstrous stalk behind him stepped.
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     2. The act or process of stalking.
              When the stalk was over (the antelope took alarm and
              ran off before I was within rifle shot) I came back.
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