American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The horizontal member that bears the upright portion of a frame, especially the horizontal member that forms the base of a window.
- n. Geology An approximately horizontal sheet of igneous rock intruded between older rock beds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stone or piece of timber on which a structure rests; a block forming a basis or foundation: as, the sills of a house, of a bridge, of a loom; more specifically, a horizontal piece of timber of the frame of a building, or of wood or stone at the bottom of a framed case, such as that of a door or window; in absolute use, a door-sill. See door-sill, ground-sill, mudsill, port-sill, window-sill.
- n. In fortification, the inner edge of the bottom or sole of an embrasure. See diagram under embrasure.
- n. In mining: The floor of a gallery or passage in a mine.
- n. A term used by miners in the lead districts of the north of England as nearly equivalent to bed or stratum. Thus, the basaltic sheets intercalated in the mountain-limestone are called whin -sills.
- n. A young herring.
- n. A variant of sell.
- n. The thill or shaft of a carriage.
- n. A horizontal slat which forms the base of a window.
- n. A horizontal, structural member of a building near ground level on a foundation (sense #3) or pilings or lying on the ground in earth-fast construction and bearing the upright portion of a frame. Also spelled cill. Also called a ground plate, groundsill, sole, sole-plate, mudsill. An interrupted-sill fits between posts instead of being below and supporting the posts in timber framing.
- n. geology A horizontal layer of igneous rock between older rock beds.
- n. UK A young herring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The timber or stone at the foot of a door; the threshold.
- n. The timber or stone on which a window frame stands; or, the lowest piece in a window frame.
- n. The floor of a gallery or passage in a mine.
- n. A piece of timber across the bottom of a canal lock for the gates to shut against.
- n. Prov. Eng. The shaft or thill of a carriage.
- n. engraving A young herring.
- n. (geology) a flat (usually horizontal) mass of igneous rock between two layers of older sedimentary rock
- n. structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
- Compare sile. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sille, from Old English syll, threshold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Wolf, if you look real quickly over my shoulder, perhaps you see what they call the sill plates that help to hold up these decks, these porches that they call them here in Chicago.”
“Apart from the floor and a writing desk, every horizontal surface, including the window sill, is stacked a foot high with files and reports.”
“Your wall will be here and look, right over here is where it goes through the sill, which is that plate.”
“There was a dining chair placed in front of the sill, as if the sill was a desk.”
“On the sill was a plastic paper-ticket dispenser like they use at a meat-market counter.”
“Blinds were drawn in the window behind the desk, perhaps to reduce the glare on the computer screen, and leaning against the sill was a scarred and battered brown leather briefcase.”
“Bending to pass under the sill was the largest intelligent warmlander Jon-Tom had yet encountered.”
“The sill was a wide one, at least a twenty-four-inch span between the inner and outer surface of the tower.”
“In each side wall of the choir, above these doorways, is an open arch, cut through the wall with a slightly projecting border at the sill, which is 10 feet or so above the level of the present pavement.”
“Immediately below the sill is a string-course; and this, as well as the projecting base to the whole wall, is continued from the side of the tower buttress eastward.”
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