Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Water falling in drops, especially in a row from the eaves of a roof, or from icicles or stalactites.
  • n. stillicidium; the right to collect such drops from a neighbor's roof that overhangs one's own property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A continual falling or succession of drops; rain water falling from the eaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A continual falling or succession of drops.
  • n. In Roman law: The right to have the rain from one's roof drop on another's land or roof.
  • n. The right to refuse to allow the rain from another's roof to drop on one's own land or roof.

Etymologies

Anglicisation of Latin stillicidium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of a ripple under archways, or a lone cave’s stillicide:

    Friends Beyond

  • Once I could shed tears — now my brain burns to madness, and the soothing stillicide of unutterable grief no longer washes my haggard cheeks.

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale

  • One whole delicious hour this morning, did my Agnes rest on my shoulder, while I held it for her perusal; and I kissed, unreproved, the sweet stillicide off her glowing cheeks, at every sentence of tenderness, from her respectable friend.

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale

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  • I'm glad I am still inside!

    November 29, 2010

  • .... the svelte
    Stilettos of a frozen stillicide.

    "Pale Fire", lines 34-35.

    November 28, 2008

  • n. 1. A continual falling or succession of drops; rain water falling from the eaves.

    n. 2. An unreasoning fear of silence at parties, causing the victim to break out in mindless chatter.

    September 27, 2007