Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Free of sound.
  • adj. Low in sound; hushed or subdued.
  • adj. Not moving or in motion.
  • adj. Free from disturbance, agitation, or commotion.
  • adj. Free from a noticeable current: a still pond; still waters.
  • adj. Not carbonated; lacking effervescence: a still wine.
  • adj. Of or relating to a single or static photograph as opposed to a movie.
  • n. Silence; quiet: the still of the night.
  • n. A still photograph, especially one taken from a scene of a movie and used for promotional purposes.
  • n. A still-life picture.
  • adv. Without movement; motionlessly: stand still.
  • adv. At the present time; for the present: We are still waiting.
  • adv. Up to or at a specified time; yet: still had not made up her mind.
  • adv. At a future time; eventually: may still see the error of his ways.
  • adv. In increasing amount or degree; even: and still further complaints.
  • adv. In addition; besides: had still another helping.
  • adv. All the same; nevertheless.
  • transitive v. To make still or tranquil.
  • transitive v. To make quiet; silence.
  • transitive v. To make motionless.
  • transitive v. To allay; calm: The parents stilled their child's fears of the dark.
  • intransitive v. To become still.
  • idiom still and all Informal After taking everything into consideration; nevertheless; however: Still and all, our objective can be achieved.
  • n. An apparatus for distilling liquids, such as alcohols, consisting of a vessel in which the substance is vaporized by heat and a cooling device in which the vapor is condensed.
  • n. A distillery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not moving; calm
  • adj. Still having the stated quality
  • adv. Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
  • adv. to an even greater degree. Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs.
  • adv. nevertheless
  • adv. always; invariably; constantly; continuously.
  • n. A period of calm or silence.
  • n. A non-moving photograph. (The term is generally used only when it is necessary to distinguish from movies.)
  • n. A resident of the Falkland Islands.
  • n. a device for distilling liquids.
  • n. a large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.
  • n. the area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee separate from main kitchen.
  • v. to calm down, to quiet
  • v. To trickle, drip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Motionless; at rest; quiet.
  • adj. Uttering no sound; silent.
  • adj. Not disturbed by noise or agitation; quiet; calm.
  • adj. Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.
  • adj. Constant; continual.
  • adj. Not effervescing; not sparkling.
  • adv. To this time; until and during the time now present; now no less than before; yet.
  • adv. In the future as now and before.
  • adv. In continuation by successive or repeated acts; always; ever; constantly; uniformly.
  • adv. In an increasing or additional degree; even more; -- much used with comparatives.
  • adv. Notwithstanding what has been said or done; in spite of what has occured; nevertheless; -- sometimes used as a conjunction. See Synonym of But.
  • adv. After that; after what is stated.
  • n. Freedom from noise; calm; silence.
  • n. A steep hill or ascent.
  • n. A vessel, boiler, or copper used in the distillation of liquids; specifically, one used for the distillation of alcoholic liquors; a retort. The name is sometimes applied to the whole apparatus used in in vaporization and condensation.
  • n. A house where liquors are distilled; a distillery.
  • intransitive v. To drop, or flow in drops; to distill.
  • transitive v. To stop, as motion or agitation; to cause to become quiet, or comparatively quiet; to check the agitation of.
  • transitive v. To stop, as noise; to silence.
  • transitive v. To appease; to calm; to quiet, as tumult, agitation, or excitement.
  • transitive v. To cause to fall by drops.
  • transitive v. To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Remaining in place; remaining at rest; motionless; quiet: as, to stand, sit, or lie still.
  • Calm; tranquil; peaceful; undisturbed or unruffled: as, still waters run deep; a still night.
  • Silent; quiet; calm; noiseless; hushed.
  • Soft; low; subdued: as, a still small voice.
  • Not sparkling or effervescing: said of wine, mineral water, and other beverages: contrasted with sparkling; by extension, having but little effervescence.
  • Continual; constant.
  • n. Calm; silence; freedom from noise.
  • n. A still alarm.
  • To make still; cause to be at rest; render calm, quiet, unruffled, or undisturbed; check or restrain; make peaceful or tranquil; quiet.
  • To calm; appease; quiet or allay, as commotion, tumult, agitation, or excitement.
  • To silence; quiet.
  • Synonyms and To lull, pacify, tranquilize, smooth.
  • To hush.
  • To become calm or tranquil; grow quiet; be still.
  • Quietly; silently; softly; peacefully.
  • Constantly; continually; habitually; always; ever.
  • Now as in the past; till now; to this time; now as then or as before; yet: as, he is still here.
  • In an increased or increasing degree; beyond this (or that); even yet; in excess: used with comparatives or to form a comparative: as, still greater things were expected; still more numerous.
  • For all that; all the same; nevertheless; notwithstanding this (or that).
  • See loud.
  • To drop; fall in drops. See distil.
  • To drop, or cause to fall in drops.
  • To expel, as spirit from liquor, by heat and condense in a refrigerator; distil. See distil.
  • n. An apparatus for separating, by means of heat, volatile matters from substances containing them, and recondensing them into the liquid form.
  • n. A house or works in which liquors are distilled; a distillery.
  • n. In bleaching, a rectangular vessel made of slabs of freestone or flagstone with rabbeted and stemmed joints held together by long bolts, and provided with a steam-chamber below, and with a manhole for introducing the materials for making chlorid of manganese solution, called still-liquor.
  • n. The wrought-iron still in which either coal-tar or wood-tar is in the crude state submitted to fractional distillation in order to separate the various useful products obtainable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (poetic) tranquil silence
  • v. cause to be quiet or not talk
  • n. a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation
  • adv. to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons
  • adv. without moving or making a sound
  • adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
  • n. a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
  • n. an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed
  • adj. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves
  • adj. not in physical motion
  • adv. with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation
  • adj. used of pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing objects not capable of motion
  • adj. marked by absence of sound
  • v. make motionless
  • v. make calm or still
  • adj. not sparkling
  • v. lessen the intensity of or calm
  • adj. free from noticeable current

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English stille.
From Middle English stillen, to distill, from distillen; see distill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stille ("motionless, stationary"), from Old English stille ("still, quiet, calm; without motion, at rest, not moving from a place, not disturbed; moving little or gently; silent; not loud; secret; unchanging, undisturbed, stable, fixed; not vehement, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *stillijaz (“quiet, still”), from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (“to place, stell; fixed, motionless, still, stiff”). Cognate with Scots stil ("still"), West Frisian stil ("quiet, still"), Dutch stil ("quiet, silent, still"), Low German still ("quiet, still"), German still ("still, quiet, tranquil, silent"), Swedish stilla ("quiet, silent, peaceful"), Icelandic stilltur ("set, quiet, calm, still"). Related to stall. (Wiktionary)
Via Middle English, ultimately from Latin stilla (Wiktionary)
Old English stillan (Wiktionary)
Aphetic form of distil, or from Latin stillare. (Wiktionary)

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  • In moonshining, the combination of the cap and boiler in which the mash is initially distilled. "Still" is also used to describe the entire distilling setup.

    August 26, 2009

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