from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Quiet; calm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Still; quiet.
  • Silently; without uproar.
  • Calmly; quietly; without agitation.

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

  • adjective Still; quiet; calm.
  • adverb In a still manner; quietly; silently; softly.

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

  • adjective silent; calm
  • adverb While still and calm

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

  • adjective (poetic) still or calm


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  • For suddenly he became conscious that it was there, behind the trees somewhere lurking, a curious kind of stilly glimmer creeping about the air, along the ground, in and out of the tree-stems.

    A Silent Wooing

  • Nowhere does the night seem more "stilly," or the sense of seclusion more profound, than in the middle of the broad bay on a midsummer night before or after the theatre-goers have crossed.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • There is no night in the "stilly" sense at a mine.

    A Touch of Sun and Other Stories

  • Barack Obama is different, not a political practitioner, really, but something else, and not a warm-blooded animal but a cool, chill character, a fish who sits deep in the tank and stares, stilly, at the other fish.

    Obama and the Debt Crisis

  • He looks down the hall at the remaining plastic sheet hanging stilly in the dry air.


  • Crickets sang of nights in the stilly cabins, and in the sunshine mosquitoes crept from out hollow logs and snug crevices among the rocks, -- big, noisy, harmless fellows, that had procreated the year gone, lain frozen through the winter, and were now rejuvenated to buzz through swift senility to second death.

    CHAPTER 23

  • Also, I'm told -- and I'm really in no position to know how true this is -- that African-Americans are stilly fairly rare in the elite forces like First Recon, Delta, and the SEALS, and that programs like THE UNIT tend to exagerate their percentage I seem to recall one writer claiming that there are actually more Asian-Americans in Delta and the SEALS than there are African-Americans.

    Reviews Too Late: Generation Kill

  • Both of the federal party committees are stilly carrying debt from the 2006 election cycle -- $5 million for the DCCC, $6 million for the DSCC.

    Jeff Nussbaum: Dedicate a Fifth to the Future: One Democrat's Plea for the Party

  • GB's so stilly thinking no one would notice his hand in scrapping the 10p tax rate for the poorest part of our community.

    Brown's 'got it now'

  • The interest becomes intense; the wrongful heir draws his sword, and rushes on the rightful heir; a blue smoke is seen, a gong is heard, and a tall white figure (who has been all this time, behind the arm – chair, covered over with a table – cloth), slowly rises to the tune of ‘Oft in the stilly night.’

    Sketches by Boz


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