American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A set or series of steps for crossing a fence or wall.
- n. A turnstile.
- n. A vertical member of a panel or frame, as in a door or window sash.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A series of steps, or a frame of bars and steps, for ascending and descending in getting over a fence or wall.
- n. In carpentry, a vertical part of a piece of framing, into which the ends of the rails are fixed by mortises and tenons. See cut of panel-door, under door.
- n. A former and more correct spelling of style.
- n. A former spelling of style.
- n. A set of steps surmounting a fence or wall, or a narrow gate or contrived passage through a fence or wall, which in either case allows people but not livestock to pass.
- n. A vertical component of a panel or frame, such as that of a door or window.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pin set on the face of a dial, to cast a shadow; a style. See style.
- n. obsolete Mode of composition. See Style.
- n. A step, or set of steps, for ascending and descending, in passing a fence or wall.
- n. (Arch.) One of the upright pieces in a frame; one of the primary members of a frame, into which the secondary members are mortised.
- n. an upright that is a member in a door or window frame
- Old English stiġel (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English stigel; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.Probably from Dutch stijl, doorpost, from Middle Dutch, possibly from Latin stilus, pole, post. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cornelia the mother of the Gracchi, contributed much to the eloquence of her sons; and her learned stile is handed down to posterity in her letters.”
“The King has been pleased to grant the dignity of a Baron of the kingdom of Great Britain to Sir Barnard Bray, Baronet; by the name stile and title of Baron Bray, of Bray hall in the county of Somerset; and to the heirs male of his body, lawfully begotten.”
“The exercise and the occupation of finding the stile were a stimulus to her, however, and lightened the horror of the darkness and solitude.”
“Seated on the inner side of the stile is the young maiden.”
“Twain delighted to have "Squire Hawkins" sit upon "the pyramid of large blocks called the stile, in front of his home, contemplating the morning.”
“Gwen essayed to follow with equal skill, but the stile was a very steep and awkward one, and she needed both hands to hold the drake.”
“And on the worn oak of the stile was a round label, and on the label these words, "Swindells 'G 90 Pills.”
“I found them best when cooked in Indian stile, which is by rosting a number of them together on a wooden spit without any previous preparation whatever. they are so fat that they require no aditional sauce, and I think them superior to any fish I ever tasted, even more delicate and lussious than the white fish of the Lakes which have heretofore formed my standard of excellence among the fishes.”
“I find them best when cooked in Indian stile, which is by roasting a number of them together on a wooden spit without any previous preperation whatever. they are so fat they require no additional sauce, and I think them superior to any fish I ever tasted, even more delicate and lussious than the white fish of the lakes which have heretofore formed my standart of excellence among the fishes.”
“But where their hearts are concerned it is the girl with the frizzy hair, who wants two people to help her over the stile, that is their idea of an angel.”
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