American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed: a style of speech and writing.
- n. The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
- n. Sort; type: a style of furniture.
- n. A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one's actions and tastes: does things with style.
- n. A comfortable and elegant mode of existence: living in style.
- n. A mode of living: the style of the very rich.
- n. The fashion of the moment, especially of dress; vogue.
- n. A particular fashion: the style of the 1920s. See Synonyms at fashion.
- n. A customary manner of presenting printed material, including usage, punctuation, spelling, typography, and arrangement.
- n. A form of address; a title.
- n. An implement used for etching or engraving.
- n. A slender pointed writing instrument used by the ancients on wax tablets.
- n. The needle of a phonograph.
- n. The gnomon of a sundial.
- n. Botany The usually slender part of a pistil, situated between the ovary and the stigma.
- n. Zoology A slender, tubular, or bristlelike process: a cartilaginous style.
- n. Medicine A surgical probing instrument; a stylet.
- n. Obsolete A pen.
- v. To call or name; designate: George VI styled his brother Duke of Windsor.
- v. To make consistent with rules of style: style a manuscript.
- v. To give style to: style hair.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An iron instrument, in the form of bodkin tapering to a point at one end, used, in one of the methods of writing practised in ancient and medieval times, for scratching the letters into a waxed tablet, the other end being blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet; figuratively, any writing-instrument.
- n. Something similar in form to the instrument above described, or in some respect suggestive of it. A pointed or needle-like tool, implement, or attachment, as the marking-point in the telegraph or phonograph, a graver, or an etching-needle.
- n. Mode of expression in writing or speaking; characteristic diction; a particular method of expressing thought by selection or collocation of words, distinct in some respect from other methods, as determined by nationality, period, literary form, individuality, etc.; in an absolute sense, appropriate or suitable diction; conformity to an approved literary standard: as, the style of Shakspere or of Dickens; antiquated or modern style; didactic, poetic, or forensic style; a pedantic style; a nervous style; a cynical style.
- n. Distinctive manner of external presentation; particular mode or form (within more or less variable limits) of construction or execution in any art or employment; the specific or characteristic formation or arrangement of anything. In this sense the applications of the word style are coextensive with the whole range of productive activity. Styles in the arts are designated according to subject, treatment, origin, school, period, etc.: as, in painting, the landscape, genre, or historical style; the style of Titian or of Rubens; the Preraphaelite or the Impressionist style; in architecture, the Greek, medieval, and Renaissance styles, the Pointed or the Perpendicular style; the Louis-Quatorze or the Eaetlake style of furniture; the Florentine style of wood-carving; carpets and rugs in the Persian style; styles in dress.
- n. Particular mode of action or manifestation; physical or mental procedure; manner; way: as, styles of rowing, riding, or walking; styles of acting, singing, or bowing.
- n. Mode, as of living or of appearing; distinctive or characteristic manner or fashion, with reference to appearance, bearing, social relations, etc.; in absolute use, an approved or prevalent mode; superior manner; noticeable elegance; the fashion: as, to live in style; style of deportment or of dress.
- n. Hence, in general, fine appearance; dashing character; spirited appearance: as, a horse that shows style.
- n. Mode of designation or address; a qualifying appellation or title; an epithet distinctive of rank, office, character, or quality.
- n. In chronology, a mode of reckoning time with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars. See calendar. Style is Old or New. The Old Style (abbreviated O. S.) is the reckoning of time according to the Julian calendar, the, numbering of the years being that of the Christian era. In this reckoning the years have 365 days, except those whose numbers are divisible by 4, which have 366 days. The extra day is inserted in February, and is considered to be that following the 23d of that month. For ecclesiastical reasons, the calendar was reformed by Pope Gregory XIII., by adding 10 days to the date after October 4th, 1582, and thereafter making no years whose numbers end with two ciphers leap-years except those whose significant figures are divisible by 4. The year in New-Style always begins with January 1st, but in Old Style there was some diversity of practice. The Gregorian year accords closely with the tropical year; but otherwise its advantages are merely ecclesiastical and theoretical. This mode of correcting the calendar has been adopted at different times by almost all civilized nations except Russia and other countries where the Greek Church is predominant, which still adhere to the Old Style. In England the Gregorian or New Style (abbreviated N. S.) was adopted by act of Parliament in 1751, and as one of the years concluding a century in which the additional or intercalary day was to be omitted (the year 1700) had elapsed since the correction by Pope Gregory, it was necessary to omit 11 instead of 10 days in the current year. Accordingly, 11 days in September, 1752, were retrenched, and the 3d day was reckoned the. 14th. The difference between the Old and New Styles is now 12 days.
- n. See the qualifying words.
- n. Synonyms Diction, Phraseology, etc. (See diction.) Invention, Style, Amplification, in rhetoric. See invention.
- n. Appellation, etc. See name.
- To record with or as with a style; give literary form to; write.
- To give or accord the style or designation of; entitle; denominate; call.
- n. A pillar; a column. See style.
- n. The pin or gnomon of a sun-dial, which marks the time by its shadow, or any fixed pointer serving a similar purpose. See cut under sun-dial.
- n. In botany, a narrowed extension of the ovary, which, when present, supports the stigma. It is usually slender, and in that case of varying length, often elongated, as in honeysuckle, fuchsia, and in an extreme case Indian corn (forming its “silk”); sometimes it is thick and short, as in squash, grape-vine, etc.; sometimes wholly wanting, leaving the stigma sessile. Morphologically it is the attenuated tip of the carpel, hence equaling the carpels in number, except when, as in many compound pistils, the styles are consolidated. It is said to be simple when undivided, even if formed by the union of several. When cleft or slit it is bifid, trifid, etc.; when more deeply separated it is bipartite, tripartite, etc. According to the conformation of the carpel, the style may be terminal, rising from its summit, as is typically the case, or lateral, as in strawberry and cinquefoil, or basal, as in comfrey and salvia—the carpel being in these last cases more or less bent over. In position it may be erect, ascending, declinate, recurved, etc.; in form it may be filiform, subulate, trigonal, claviform, petaloid, etc. In relation to the corolla or calyx it may be included or exserted. A style may be persistent, but is commonly caducous, falling soon after fecundation. The function of the style is to present the stigma in a position advantageously to receive the pollen, and to form a medium for its communication to the ovules; accordingly, it has the structure of a tube filled or lined with a conductive tissue of the same nature as that which composes the stigma. See pistil, ovary, pollen-tube, and stigma.
- n. An obsolete spelling of stile.
- n. In textile-printing, the manner in which certain effects are produced. Thus, there are pigment styles, discharge styles, resist styles, steam-mordant styles, etc.
- n. An elongated cusp or projection, lying on the periphery of a tooth and derived from outgrowths of the cingulum: often termed pillar or buttress. According to location these cusps have distinctive names. See mesostyle, parastyle, etc. See also cut at tooth, 1.
- n. A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.
- n. botany the stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.
- n. A traditional or legal term preceding a reference to a person who holds a title or post.
- n. A traditional or legal term used to address a person who holds a title or post.
- n. nonstandard stylus
- v. To create or give a style, fashion or image.
- v. To call or give a name or title.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument used by the ancients in writing on tablets covered with wax, having one of its ends sharp, and the other blunt, and somewhat expanded, for the purpose of making erasures by smoothing the wax.
- n. Hence, anything resembling the ancient style in shape or use.
- n. A pen; an author's pen.
- n. A sharp-pointed tool used in engraving; a graver.
- n. A kind of blunt-pointed surgical instrument.
- n. (Zoöl.) A long, slender, bristlelike process, as the anal
- n. The pin, or gnomon, of a dial, the shadow of which indicates the hour. See Gnomon.
- n. (Bot.) The elongated part of a pistil between the ovary and the stigma. See
Illust.of Stamen, and of Pistil.
- n. Mode of expressing thought in language, whether oral or written; especially, such use of language in the expression of thought as exhibits the spirit and faculty of an artist; choice or arrangement of words in discourse; rhetorical expression.
- n. Mode of presentation, especially in music or any of the fine arts; a characteristic of peculiar mode of developing in idea or accomplishing a result.
- n. Conformity to a recognized standard; manner which is deemed elegant and appropriate, especially in social demeanor; fashion.
- n. Mode or phrase by which anything is formally designated; the title; the official designation of any important body; mode of address.
- n. (Chron.) A mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
- v. To entitle; to term, name, or call; to denominate.
- v. make consistent with certain rules of style
- n. how something is done or how it happens
- v. designate by an identifying term
- n. a slender bristlelike or tubular process
- n. a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
- n. a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
- n. the popular taste at a given time
- v. make consistent with a certain fashion or style
- n. editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
- n. a particular kind (as to appearance)
- n. distinctive and stylish elegance
- n. (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma
- From Old French estile (French: style), from Latin stilus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin stylus, stilus, spike, pointed instrument used for writing, style; see stylus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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