Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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Anglicisation of Latin stillicidium.

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

Comments

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  • 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

  • .... the svelte

    Stilettos of a frozen stillicide.

    "Pale Fire", lines 34-35.

    November 28, 2008

  • I'm glad I am still inside!

    November 29, 2010