Dictionary: STY – SU'A-BLE

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STY, n. [Sax. stige.]

  1. A pen or inclosure for swine.
  2. A place of bestial debauchery. To roll with pleasure in a sensual sty. – Milton.
  3. An inflamed tumor on the edge of the eyelid.

STY, v.i. [Sax. stigan; Gods. steigan.]

To soar; to ascend. [Not in use. See Stirrup.] – Spenser.

STY, v.t.

To shut up in a sty. – Shak.

STYC'A, n.

A Saxon copper coin of the lowest value. – Leake.

STYG'I-AN, a. [L. Stygius, Styx.]

Pertaining to Styx, fabled by the ancients to be a river of hell over which the shades of the dead passed, or the region of the dead; hence, hellish; infernal. At that so sudden blaze, the Stygian throng / Bent their aspect. – Milton.

STY'ING, ppr.

Shutting up in a sty.

STY-LA-GAL-MA'IC, a. [or n. Gr. στυλος and αγαλμα.]

A term in architecture, denoting figures, which perform the office of columns.

STYLE, n. [L. stylus; D. and G. styl; It. stile; Sp. estilo; Fr. style or stile; Gr. στυλος, a column, a pen or bodkin; from the root of the Teutonic stellen, to set or place.]

  1. Manner of writing with regard to language, or the choirs and arrangement of words; as, a harsh style; a dry style; a tumid or bombastic style; a loose style; a terse style; a laconic or verbose style; a flowing style; a lofty style; an elegant style; an epistolary style. The character of style depends chiefly on a happy selection and arrangement of words. Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of style. – Swift. Let some lord but own the happy lines, / How the wit brightens and the style refines! – Pope.
  2. Manner of speaking appropriate to particular characters; or in general, the character of the language used. No style is held for base, where love well named is. – Sidney. According to the usual style of dedications. – Middleton. So we say, a person addresses another in a style of haughtiness, in a style of rebuke.
  3. Mode of painting; any manner of painting which is characteristic or peculiar. The ornamental style also possessed its own peculiar merit. – Reynolds.
  4. A particular character of music; as, a grave style.
  5. Title; appellation; as, the style of majesty. Propitious hear our pray, / Whether the style of Titan please thee more. – Pope.
  6. Course of writing. [Not in use.] – Dryden.
  7. Style of court, is properly the practice observed by any court in its way of proceeding. – Ayliffe.
  8. In popular use, manner; form; as, the entertainment was prepared in excellent style.
  9. A pointed instrument formerly used in writing on tables of wax; an instrument of surgery.
  10. Something with a sharp point; a graver; the pin of a dial; written also stile.
  11. In botany, the middle portion of the pistil, connecting the stigma with the germ; sometimes called the shaft. The styles of plants are capillary, filiform, cylindric, subulate, clavate. – Martyn.
  12. In chronology, a mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendar. Style is Old or New. The Old Style follows the Julian manner of computing the months and days, or the calendar as established by Julius Cesar, in which the year consists of 365 days and 6 hours This is something more than 11 minutes too much, and in the course of time, between Cesar and Pope Gregory XIII this surplus amounted to 11 days. Gregory reformed the calendar by retrenching 10 days; this reformation was adopted by act of parliament in Great Britain in 1751, by which act 11 days in September, 1752, were retrenched and the third day was reckoned the fourteenth. This mode of reckoning is called New Style.

STYLE, v.t.

To call; to name; to denominate; to give a title to in addressing. The emperor of Russia is styled autocrat; the king of Great Britain is styled defender of the faith.

STYL-ED, pp.

Named; denominated; called.

STY'LET, n. [from style.]

A small poniard or dagger. – Encyc.

STY'LI-FORM, a. [style and form.]

Like a style, pin or pen.

STYL-ING, ppr.

Calling; denominating.


Being in fashionable form, or in high style.

STY'LITE, n. [Gr. στυλος, a column.]

In ecclesiastical history, the Stylites were a sect of solitaries who stood motionless on columns or pillars for the exercise, of their patience.

STY'LO-BATE, n. [Gr. στυλος, a pillar, and βασις, base.]

In architecture, a continued pedestal or basement, having base and cornice, and projecting both in front and behind the column it supports. – Elmes.


The pedestal of a column.

STY'LOID, a. [L. stylus, and Gr. ειδος.]

Having some resemblance to a style or pen; as, the styloid process of the temporal bone. – Encyc.

STYP'TIC, a. [or adj. Fr. styptique; L. stypticus; Gr. στυπτικος; from the root of L. stipo, Eng. stop.]

That stops bleeding; having the quality of restraining hemorrhage.


An astringent; something which produces contraction; a medicine which has an astringent quality. Styptics are mere astringents.


The quality of astringency.

STYTH'Y, v.t.

To forge on an anvil. [See Stithy.]

STYX, n. [Gr.]

In mythology, a nymph who dwelt in a rock palace in the infernal regions, from which one of the infernal rivers sprung.


Liability to be sued; the state of being subject by law to civil process. – Judge Story.

SU'A-BLE, a. [from sue.]

That may be sued; subject to law to be called to answer in court. – Judge Story.