American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
- v. To present or use (someone else's words or ideas) as one's own.
- v. To get or take secretly or artfully: steal a look at a diary; steal the puck from an opponent.
- v. To give or enjoy (a kiss) that is unexpected or unnoticed.
- v. To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer: The magician's assistant stole the show with her comic antics.
- v. Baseball To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a base hit, walk, passed ball, or wild pitch.
- v. To commit theft.
- v. To move, happen, or elapse stealthily or unobtrusively.
- v. Baseball To steal a base.
- n. The act of stealing.
- n. Slang A bargain.
- n. Baseball A stolen base.
- n. Basketball An act of gaining possession of the ball from an opponent.
- idiom. steal (someone's) thunder To use, appropriate, or preempt the use of another's idea, especially to one's own advantage and without consent by the originator.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take feloniously; take and carry off clandestinely, and without right or leave; appropriate to one's own uses dishonestly, or without right, permission, or authority: as applied to persons, to kidnap; abduct: as, to steal some one's purse; to steal cattle; to steal a child.
- To remove, withdraw, or abstract secretly or stealthily.
- To smuggle, literally or figuratively.
- To take or assume without right.
- To obtain surreptitiously, or by stealth or surprise: as, to steal a kiss.
- To entice or win by insidious arts or secret means.
- To perform, procure, or effect in a stealthy or underhand way; perform secretly; conceal the doing, performance, or accomplishment of.
- To move furtively and slyly: as, she stole her hand into his.
- In base-ball, to secure, as a base or run, without an error by one's opponents or a base-hit by the batter; to run successfully to, as from one base to the next, in spite of the efforts of one's opponents: as, to steal second base: sometimes used intransitively with to: as, to steal to second base.
- In netting, to take away (a mesh) by netting into two meshes of the preceding row at once.
- Synonyms To filch, pilfer, purloin, embezzle. See pillage, n.
- To practise or be guilty of theft.
- To move stealthily or secretly; creep softly; pass, approach, or withdraw surreptitiously and unperceived; go or come furtively; slip or creep along insidiously, silently, or unperceived; make insinuating approach: as, to Steal into the house at dusk; the fox stole away: sometimes used reflexively.
- n. An act or a case of: theft: as, an official steal; specifically, in baseball. a stolen or furtive run from one base to another: as, a steal to third base. See steal, transitive verb, 9.
- n. Same as stale.
- In cricket, to gain (a run) and increase the score because of the slowness of the fielders: said of the batsman.
- In golf, to hole (a long, unlikely putt) so that the ball just drops into the hole.
- n. In golf, a long putt which wins a hole.
- v. transitive To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.
- v. transitive To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
- v. transitive To copy copyright-protected work without permission.
- v. transitive, colloquial To acquire at a low price.
- v. transitive To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show.
- v. intransitive To move silently or secretly.
- v. transitive, baseball To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.
- v. sports, transitive To dispossess
- n. The act of stealing.
- n. A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.
- n. basketball, ice hockey A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
- n. baseball A stolen base.
- n. curling Scoring in an end without the hammer.
- n. computing A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic or Prov. Eng. A handle; a stale, or stele.
- v. To take, and carry away, feloniously; to take without right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully.
- v. To withdraw or convey clandestinely (reflexive); hence, to creep furtively, or to insinuate.
- v. To gain by insinuating arts or covert means.
- v. To get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and imperceptible appropriation; -- with
- v. To accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try to carry out secretly.
- v. To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft.
- v. To withdraw, or pass privily; to slip in, along, or away, unperceived; to go or come furtively.
- n. an advantageous purchase
- n. a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)
- v. take without the owner's consent
- v. steal a base
- v. move stealthily
- Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan, from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (compare Dutch stelen, German stehlen, Norwegian stjele), either from Proto-Indo-European *ster- (compare Welsh herw ("theft, raid"), Ancient Greek στερέω (stereō, "to deprive of")) or Proto-Indo-European*stel(H)- (“to stretch”) (compare Albanian pë/mbështjell ("I confuse, mess up, mix, wrap up") , Old Church Slavonic (steljǫ, "I spread out (bed, roof)"), Ancient Greek τηλία (tēlía, "playing table")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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