from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of a pair of long, slender poles each equipped with a raised footrest to enable the user to walk elevated above the ground.
  • n. Any of various tall posts or pillars used as support, as for a dock or building: a beach house on stilts.
  • n. An American wading bird (Himantopus mexicanus) that has long pink legs, black and white plumage, and a long slender bill, and that ranges from the United States to Peru and Brazil and is related to the avocet.
  • n. A related bird (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) of Australia.
  • transitive v. To place or raise on stilts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two poles with footrests that allow someone to stand or walk above the ground; used mostly by entertainers.
  • n. A tall pillar or post used to support some structure; often above water.
  • n. Any of various wading birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, related to the avocet, that have extremely long legs and long thin bills.
  • v. to raise on stilts, or as if on stilts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm.
  • n. A crutch; also, the handle of a plow.
  • n. Any species of limicoline birds belonging to Himantopus and allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also longshanks, stiltbird, stilt plover, and lawyer.
  • transitive v. To raise on stilts, or as if on stilts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise above the ordinary or normal position or surface, as if by the use of stilts.
  • n. A prop used in walking; a crutch.
  • n. One of two props or poles, each having a step or stirrup at some distance from the lower end, by means of which one may walk with the feet raised from the ground, and with a longer stride: used for crossing sandy or marshy places, streams, etc., and by children for amusement.
  • n. In hydraulic engineering, one of a set of piles forming the back for the sheet-piling of a starling.
  • n. The handle of a plow.
  • n. In ceramics, a support, generally of iron, used to hold a piece of pottery in the kiln, to allow the fire free access to the bottom of the piece. Also called cockspur and spur (which see).
  • n. [Abbr. of stilt-bird.] In ornithology, any bird of the genus Himantopus: so called from the extremely long, slender legs.

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

  • n. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
  • n. one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground
  • n. long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australia
  • n. long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English stilte.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Akin to Danish stylte, German Stelze.



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