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  • n. The floating dust in a flour mill caused by the operation of grinding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The floating dust in flour mills caused by the operation or grinding.
  • intransitive v. To be stifled or suffocated.
  • transitive v. To stuff; to crowd; to fill full; hence, to make hot and close; to render stifling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as steeve for stiff.
  • To become stiff; stiffen.
  • To stiffen.
  • To stuff; cram; stow; crowd.
  • To stew, as meat.
  • To stew, as in a close atmosphere; be stifled.
  • n. An obsolete form of stew.
  • n. Dust; the dust floating in flour-mills during the operation of grinding.


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  • The examples shown for "stive" are errors, typos of "strive" or "stove"--with the exception of example #15, which may be applicable to some definitions.

    Valid example for meaning "stuffed, crowded":

    His chamber was commonly stived with friends or suitors of one kind or other. - Sir H. Wotton.

    For the above meaning, the word seems to have come down from Middle English, maybe from French "estiver, Spanish "estivar", Latin "stipare".

    It is also Danish and Norwegian for "starch, stiffen".

    The noun meaning "floating dust" comes from Danish.

    May 6, 2011