from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender, pointed instrument or weapon, such as a stiletto.
- n. A surgical probe.
- n. A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.
- n. Zoology A small, stiff, needlelike organ or appendage, such as the feeding organ of a tardigrade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slender medical probe or device.
- n. A stiff, slender organ of an animal.
- n. A style of a plant's flower.
- n. A stiletto or poniard.
- n. An engraving tool.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small poniard; a stiletto.
- n. An instrument for examining wounds and fistulas, and for passing setons, and the like; a probe, -- called also specillum.
- n. A stiff wire, inserted in catheters or other tubular instruments to maintain their shape and prevent clogging.
- n. Any small, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slender pointed instrument; a stiletto.
- n. In surgery, the perforator of a trocar; the stiffening wire or rod in a flexible catheter; sometimes, a probe. Also stilette.
- n. In zoology, a little style; also, a style; specifically, in entomology, one of the second of the t hree pairs of rhabdites or appendages of the abdominal sternites entering into the formation of the ovipositor. See cut under Arctisca.
- n. Specifically— Same as cercopod. Compare style, 2 .
- n. In fishes, one of the slender rays of bone on or above the base of the ribs; the epipleural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
French, from Italian stiletto, stiletto; see stiletto.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French stylet ("stiletto"), from Middle French stilet ("stiletto"), from Old Italian stiletto (Wiktionary)