Definitions

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

  • noun A slender, pointed instrument or weapon, such as a stiletto.
  • noun A surgical probe.
  • noun A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.
  • noun Zoology A small, stiff, needlelike organ or appendage, such as a piercing mouthpart of an aphid or other hemipteran insect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Specifically— Same as cercopod. Compare style, 2 .
  • noun In fishes, one of the slender rays of bone on or above the base of the ribs; the epipleural.
  • noun A slender pointed instrument; a stiletto.
  • noun In surgery, the perforator of a trocar; the stiffening wire or rod in a flexible catheter; sometimes, a probe. Also stilette.
  • noun In zoology, a little style; also, a style; specifically, in entomology, one of the second of the t hree pairs of rhabdites or appendages of the abdominal sternites entering into the formation of the ovipositor. See cut under Arctisca.

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

  • noun A small poniard; a stiletto.
  • noun An instrument for examining wounds and fistulas, and for passing setons, and the like; a probe, -- called also specillum.
  • noun A stiff wire, inserted in catheters or other tubular instruments to maintain their shape and prevent clogging.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any small, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ.

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

  • noun A slender medical probe or device.
  • noun zoology A stiff, slender organ of an animal.
  • noun botany A style of a plant's flower.
  • noun A stiletto or poniard.
  • noun An engraving tool.

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

  • noun small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade

Etymologies

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

[French, from Italian stiletto, stiletto; see stiletto.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French stylet ("stiletto"), from Middle French stilet ("stiletto"), from Old Italian stiletto

Examples

  • For my own use I have taken off the ratchet-locking device for all general work, to be reapplied on the rare occasions when it is required.] _Bronchoscopic and esophagoscopic grasping forceps_ are of the tubular type, that is, a stylet carrying the jaws works in a slender tube so that traction on the stylet draws the V of the open jaws into the lumen of the tube, thus causing the blades to approximate.

    Bronchoscopy and Esophagoscopy A Manual of Peroral Endoscopy and Laryngeal Surgery

  • The needle stylet was removed and a 1-mm fiber-optic micro endoscope was introduced into the needle sheath to allow direct visualization of the bipolar cord cauterization procedure.

    Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence and Bipolar Cord

  • Modified stylet technique for tenting of amniotic membranes.

    Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Molecular filters in the stylet excluded mere cerebrospinal fluid, which was clear and colorless, so that all that was harvested was a concentrated solution of nanites.

    THE 4400® WELCOME TO PROMISE CITY

  • Molecular filters in the stylet excluded mere cerebrospinal fluid, which was clear and colorless, so that all that was harvested was a concentrated solution of nanites.

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  • The leafhopper acquires the phytoplasma while feeding by inserting its stylet a long, slender hollow feeding structure into the phloem of infected plants and withdrawing the phytoplasma with the plant sap.

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  • Molecular filters in the stylet excluded mere cerebrospinal fluid, which was clear and colorless, so that all that was harvested was a concentrated solution of nanites.

    THE 4400® WELCOME TO PROMISE CITY

  • A fitted stylet turned the counting mechanism and a bell rang.

    1936: Counting America's 40,000,000 Votes

  • Species parasitic on invertebrates have a slightly modified stylet of the same nature to pierce the cuticle of their prey, for the purpose of feeding on haemolymph.

    Nematoda

  • Je tenais l'appareil de la main gauche mais c'etait sans compter sur mes super tremblements et alors arrivé a la "roue" ou l'on doit tourner le stylet le plus vite possible la c'etait meme pas la peine l'image etait pu du tout cadrée vu que ca bougeait dans tous les sens!

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