Definitions

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

  • n. A slender, pointed instrument or weapon, such as a stiletto.
  • n. A surgical probe.
  • n. A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.
  • n. Zoology A small, stiff, needlelike organ or appendage, such as the feeding organ of a tardigrade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slender pointed instrument; a stiletto.
  • n. In surgery, the perforator of a trocar; the stiffening wire or rod in a flexible catheter; sometimes, a probe. Also stilette.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Specifically— Same as cercopod. Compare style, 2 .
  • n. In fishes, one of the slender rays of bone on or above the base of the ribs; the epipleural.

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

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

Etymologies

French, from Italian stiletto, stiletto; see stiletto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French stylet ("stiletto"), from Middle French stilet ("stiletto"), from Old Italian stiletto (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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.

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

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  • 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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  • La roue elle, quand elle apparait, il faut se mettre a tourner son stylet le plus vite possible afin de faire monter une jauge!

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  • Quand le cercle touche la pastille HOP il faut la taper avec le stylet!

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