Meaning of STILL in English


I. ˈstil adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English stille, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch stille still, Old High German stilli still, Old English steall stall — more at stall


a. : devoid of or abstaining from motion : immobile , stationary

each movement has its center, its still point — Isaac Rosenfeld

sorrow loomed over her and time was still — Ann Ryan

b. archaic : tending to remain in one place : sedentary

in his absence she was a still personage — Charlotte Brontë

c. : having no effervescence : not carbonated

still wine

prefer sparkling fruit juices to the still products — Improvements in the Manuf. & Preservation of Grape Juice

— opposed to sparkling

d. : of, relating to, being, or designed for taking a static photograph as contrasted with a motion picture

still camera

still photography

still projector



(1) : uttering no sound : disinclined to talk : quiet , taciturn

still as a mouse

her radio … was never still — Mavis Gallant

each with each patrols, in still society, hand in hand — R.P.Warren

(2) : calm in spirit : unperturbed

my soul was not still enough for songs — George Macdonald †1905

b. : subdued in tone or volume : muted , soothing

a still small voice of calm — J.G.Whittier

music by the night wind sent through strings of some still instrument — P.B.Shelley


a. : free from agitation : tranquil , unruffled

dived so smoothly that she scarcely rippled the still water — C.B.Nordhoff & J.N.Hall

b. : free from noise or turbulence : peaceful , silent

the street was still , save for the twittering of birds — Winston Churchill

the smack of fist against shoulder was sharp in the still barracks — Mack Morriss

still weather, and dry, powdery snow — O.E.Rölvaag

c. : caused to revert to a quiescent state : silenced , stilled

the sound of a voice that is still — Alfred Tennyson

d. archaic : lacking in incident or excitement : dull , uneventful

save us … from a tedious day, or shine the dullness of still life away — William Cowper

4. obsolete : continued , persevering

by still practice, learn to know thy meaning — Shakespeare

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stillen, from Old English stillan; akin to Middle Dutch & Old High German stillen to still, Old Norse stilla; derivative from the root of English still (I)

transitive verb


a. : to cause to subside or die down : allay , check

as suddenly as it had broken, the gale was stilled — Eric Linklater

b. : to put an end to : restore to order : pacify , settle

the threat of his coming had stilled the … revolt — John Buchan

nominal unification … had not stilled interservice bitterness — Time

c. : to arrest the motion of

before death stilled his hand — G.C.Sellery


a. : to gratify fully : appease , assuage

neither beef nor mutton could still me — Francis Hackett

b. : to keep under control : overcome , restrain , suppress

drew a long breath and stilled her shuddering — Laura Krey

unable to still his persistent gambling instinct — T.H.White b. 1915

c. : to calm down : lull , soothe

a magic voice that stilled and … comforted you — L.C.Douglas


a. : to repress the noise or clamor of : hush , silence

the once-thriving … metropolis is stilled by terror — Hal Lehrman

sirens are stilled … when they pass hospital or convalescent homes — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

b. : to cause to become quiet

stilled the people before Moses — Num 13:30 (Authorized Version)

intransitive verb

: to become motionless or silent : quiet

the large hand stilled on the heavy knee — Marc Brandel

the river stilled and froze — Hugh MacLennan

music from the dance band stilled — G.A.Wagner

— often used with down

the wind stills down — Times Literary Supplement

Synonyms: see calm

III. adverb

Etymology: Middle English stille, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch stille quietly, Old High German stillo; adverb from the adjective represented by English still (I)

1. : without noise or motion : quietly

the girl sat as still as an image carved from marble — Louis Bromfield


a. : in a continuous or constant manner : always , ever

remained for nearly a month … still widening his acquaintance — W.C.Ford

while we do his goodwill, He abides with us still — J.H.Sammis

b. archaic : in an uninterrupted manner : progressively

still his courage with his toils increased — Alexander Pope

c. : in spite of a preceding event or consideration : nevertheless , yet

many people who are excessively active in caring for the skin … still have acne — Morris Fishbein

the old but still important truth — M.R.Cohen


a. : to the present time

ancient kitchen chimney place with its fireback and crane still in position — John Durant

still … revive the customs of their ancestral homelands — American Guide Series: Minnesota

b. : at the time in question — used with implication of imminent change

drink your coffee while it's still hot

still found themselves a good way from their unit by six o'clock — Earle Birney

teacher noted what words the pupil still did not know — Angell Mathewson

c. obsolete : without change in the future

discern the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still — Francis Bacon

d. : to or at a greater distance : farther

west still , where the whitish sandy soil is thinly covered with grasses … cattle move and graze — Marjory S. Douglas

e. : in addition : beyond this

six or seven hundred men … and occasionally more still — Walt Whitman

still another example of cultural misunderstanding — A.A.Hill


a. obsolete : to a greater extent

the guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed — Shakespeare

b. : even — used as an intensive to stress the comparative degree

half a dozen little brigs … and eight clumsy gun vessels that were smaller still — C.S.Forester

placed him still more in the wrong — W.C.Ford

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English stille, from stille, adjective, still — more at still I

1. : a pervading calm or hush : quiet , silence

the still of the night


a. : a static photograph

the instantaneous still which a deer took of himself — World's Work

specifically : a specially posed photograph taken of the actors or scenes of a motion picture production for publicity or documentary purposes

b. : a photograph, map, or chart inserted into a television program

3. : still alarm

V. conjunction

Etymology: still (III)

: but , nevertheless

still , all men, including dead men, can be wrong — Weston La Barre

still , aside from all other considerations, the relative importance seen in merit … may be a real issue — S.L.Payne

VI. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stillen, from Old French stiller, from Latin stillare to drip, trickle — more at distill

intransitive verb

obsolete : to trickle down in fine drops

transitive verb

obsolete : to exude or cause to fall in drops

pricks the clouds, stills down the rain — Francis Quarles

VII. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stillen, short for distillen to distill — more at distill

transitive verb

1. : to subject to distillation

still peaches for brandy

2. : to make or extract by distillation

still brandy from peaches

intransitive verb

: to perform distillation : distill

stilling was clearly against the law — H.E.Giles

VIII. noun

( -s )

1. : distillery 2

2. : apparatus used in distillation comprising sometimes only the chamber in which the vaporization is carried out or at other times other parts or the entire distillation equipment: as

a. : a vessel or boiler together with a condenser for use in distilling alcoholic liquors or other liquids — compare pot still

b. : a fractionating column or tower with or without its condensing equipment and receiver for use in distilling various substances sometimes with decomposition

ammonia stills

turpentine stills

petroleum topping stills

cracking stills

— compare retort , tar still


(1) : equipment consisting essentially of an evaporator and a condenser for producing distilled water — called also water still

(2) : a compact device for converting salt water to fresh water

floating plastic solar stills

3. : a vessel in which manganese dioxide is treated with hydrochloric acid to form chlorine or a bleaching liquor — compare weldon process

IX. adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: still (VIII)

: of or relating to a still ; especially : remaining as residual matter in a still after distillation

still bottoms

still coke

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