from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pin set on the face of a dial, to cast a shadow; a style. See style.
- n. Mode of composition. See Style.
- n. A step, or set of steps, for ascending and descending, in passing a fence or wall.
- n. One of the upright pieces in a frame; one of the primary members of a frame, into which the secondary members are mortised.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upright that is a member in a door or window frame
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)
Old English stiġel (Wiktionary)