from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Stiffly or artificially formal; stiff.
- adj. Architecture Having some vertical length between the impost and the beginning of the curve. Used of an arch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. stiff and artificially formal
- adj. pompous
- adj. Supported by stilts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Elevated as if on stilts; hence, pompous; bombastic
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Elevated, as if on stilts; hence, pompous; inflated; formal; stiff and bombastic: said especially of language: as, a stilted mode of expression; a stilted style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. artificially formal
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But there's a certain ... stilted character to them that I came to realize was the emergent property of all those swirling styles and ideas, cross-pollinating and recombining outside of the Anglo Bubble.
If you look at their NASA Message Construct all you get are partial, generic ideas contained in stilted sentences - including what to say in a proverbial "Elevator Speech" with someone (I am guessing here) who wants to know what NASA does.
I shall type in stilted sentences, where humorous.
Perhaps the treatment of reformers like Mirdamadi and Abdi explains why some of the gerogan-girha tend to speak in stilted euphemisms, even when they are discussing events now a quarter of a century old.
In such cases, the gait is stilted, that is, there is incomplete advancement of both members and, of course, the period of weight bearing is correspondingly shortened; hence the short strides.
Where the centre is at a point above the diameter, it is called a stilted arch.
Too often, the record sounds forced and stilted, which is unfortunate, since jazz/hip-hop fusion need a musician of Redman's caliber to make it credible in the jazz world.
At first Obama resisted, then joined with moves that could be described as stilted, before he abandoned the effort and mingled with the kids.
In fact, to call the stilted, off-topic, everything-but-policy exchange between Libertas founder Declan Ganley and Greens leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit in Brussels yesterday evening a debate would be generous.
And Congress promises to limit executive pay, bonuses and other benefits of top executives, who were roundly criticized after flying corporate jets to two days of hearings this week and providing what many lawmakers called stilted, incomplete answers.