Definition of hockey stick in English:

hockey stick

noun

  • 1A long, thin implement with a curved end, used to hit or direct the puck or ball in ice hockey or field hockey.

    ‘boys learn to skate propped up by hockey sticks’
    • ‘Perhaps the benefits of wooden ice hockey sticks are predominantly psychological, based on the familiarity factor.’
    • ‘You'll find Lindsay schmoozing with the players about everything from hockey sticks to hotel room beds.’
    • ‘Dozens of York primary school children have taken part in their first hockey tournament - eight weeks after picking up a hockey stick for the first time.’
    • ‘Since picking up that hockey stick six years ago, Charlotte has sampled her fair share of success.’
    • ‘After handing out the new hockey sticks, they divided the boys into two teams and led them in a spontaneous hockey duel.’
    • ‘A mini hockey stick as a memento of the season was given to players.’
    • ‘There is more to Bascombe than her accomplishments with a hockey stick.’
    • ‘Each team member put their signature on a hockey stick, which will be put on display in the Hall of Fame.’
    • ‘Another time, unhappy with one of his players, he chased him with a hockey stick.’
    • ‘Most hockey sticks are made of either wood or a graphite composite shaft with a wooden blade inserted into the end.’
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to a sharp increase in a variable following a period of little or no change, graphically represented as an upward-curving line resembling the shape of a hockey stick.
      ‘most of the growth was a hockey stick over the last five or six months’
      [as modifier] ‘their hockey stick growth testifies to the market demand for their products’