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STIG'MA-TIZE, v.t. [Fr. stigmatiser.]

  1. To mark with a brand; in a literal sense; as, the ancients stigmatized their slaves and soldiers.
  2. To set a mark of disgrace on; to disgrace with some note of reproach or infamy. To find virtue extolled and vice stigmatized. – Addison. Some enthusiasts street to stigmatize the finest and most elegant authors, ancient and modern, as dangerous to religion. – Addison.


Marked with disgrace.


Branding with infamy.

STIG'NO-MAN-CY, n. [stigma and Gr. μαντεια.]

Divination by writing on the bark of a tree.

STI'LAR, a. [from stile.]

Pertaining to the stile of a dial. Draw a line for the stilar line. – Moxon.

STIL'BITE, n. [Gr. στιλβω, to shine.]

A mineral of a shining pearly luster, of a white color, or white shaded with gray, yellow or red. It has been associated with zeolite, and called foliated zeolite, and radiated zeolite. Werner and the French mineralogists divide zeolite into two kinds, mesotype and stilbite; the latter is distinguished by its lamellar structure. – Werner. Jameson. Cleaveland.

STILE, n.1 [This is another spelling of style. See Style and Still.]

A pin set on the face of a dial to form a shadow. Erect the stile perpendicularly over the sub-stilar line as to make an angle with the dial-plane equal to the elevation of the pole of your place. – Moxon.

STILE, n.2 [Sax. stigel, a step, ladder, from stigan, to step, to walk, to ascend; G. stegel; Dan. steil, from stiger, to rise, to step up; Sw. steg, a step, stiga, to step. See Stair.]

A step or set of steps for ascending and descending, in passing a fence or wall. – Swift.

STI-LET'TO, n. [It. dim. from stilo; Fr. stylet. See Style.]

  1. A small dagger with a round pointed blade.
  2. A pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in working muslin.


  1. Silent; uttering no sound; applicable to animals or to things. The company or the man is still; the air is still; the sea is still.
  2. Quiet; calm; not disturbed by noise; as, a still evening.
  3. Motionless; as, to stand still; to lie or sit still.
  4. Quiet; calm; not agitated; as, a still atmosphere.

STILL, adv.

  1. To this time; till now. It hath been anciently reported, and is still received. – Bacon. [Still here denotes this time; set or fixed.]
  2. Nevertheless; notwithstanding. The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should he thrown away in private. – Addison. [Still here signifies set, given, and refers to the whole of the first clause of the sentence. The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; that fact being given or set, or notwithstanding, he is afraid, &c.]
  3. It precedes or accompanies words denoting increase or degree. The moral perfections of the Deity, the more attentively we consider them, the more perfectly still shall we know them. – Atterbury. [This is not correct.]
  4. Always; ever; continually. Trade begets trade, and people go much where many people have already gone; so men run still to a crowd in the streets, though only to see. – Temple. The fewer still you name, you wound the more. – Pope.
  5. After that; after what is stated. In the primitive church, such as by fear were compelled to sacrifice to strange gods, after repented, and kept still the office of preaching the Gospel. – Whitgifte.
  6. In continuation. And, like the watchful minutes to the hour, / Still and anon cheer'd up the heavy time. – Shak.

STILL, n.1

Calm; silence; freedom from noise; as, the still of midnight. [A poetic word.] – Shak.

STILL, n.2 [L. stillo, to drop. See Distill.]

A vessel, boiler or copper used in the distillation of liquors; as, vapor ascending out of the still. – Newton. [The word is used in a more general sense for the vessel and apparatus. A still house is also called a still.]

STILL, v.i.

To drop. [Not in use. See Distill.]

STILL, v.t.1 [Sax. stillan; G. and D. stillen; Dan. stiller; Sw. stilla, to still, to quiet or appease, that is, to set, to repress; coinciding with G. stellen, to put, set, place, Gr. στελλω, to send, and with style, stool, stall.]

  1. To stop, as motion or agitation; to check or restrain; to make quiet; as, to still the raging sea.
  2. To stop, as noise; to silence. With his name the mothers still their babes. – Shak.
  3. To appease; to calm; to quiet; as tumult, agitation or excitement; as, to still the passions.

STILL, v.t.2 [L. stillo.]

To expel spirit from liquor by heat and condense it in a refrigeratory; to distill. [See Distill.]

STIL-LA-TI'TIOUS, a. [L. stillatitius.]

Falling in drops; drawn by a still.


  1. An alembic; a vessel for distillation. [Little used or not at all.] – Bacon.
  2. A laboratory; a place or room in which distillation is performed.

STILL'-BORN, a. [still and born.]

  1. Dead at the birth; as, a still-born child.
  2. Abortive; as, a still-born poem. – Swift.

STILL'-BURN, v.t. [still and burn.]

To burn in the process of distillation; as, to still-burn brandy. – Smollet.

STILL'ED, pp. [See Still, the verb.]

Calmed; appeased; quieted; silenced.


One who stills or quiets.


Pricked with a stiletto. – Chesterfield.

STIL'LI-CIDE, n. [L. stillicidium; stilla, a drop, and cado, to fall.]

A continual falling or succession of drops. [Not much used.] – Bacon.


Falling in drops. – Brown.