stile

1 of 2

noun (1)

: a step or set of steps for passing over a fence or wall
also : turnstile

stile

2 of 2

noun (2)

: one of the vertical members in a frame or panel into which the secondary members are fitted

Examples of stile in a Sentence

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Noun
The length of your stiles will be the full length of the door. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2023 Then, subtract the width of two stiles from the width of your old door. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2023 Then measure to the center of the stiles and set the jig to that measurement. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English stigel; akin to Old English stǣger stair — more at stair

Noun (2)

probably from Dutch stijl post

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stile was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stile. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stile

noun
ˈstī(ə)l
1
: a step or set of steps for passing over a fence or wall
2

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