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still

adjective \ ˈstil \

Definition of still

1 a : devoid of or abstaining from motion
b archaic : sedentary
c : not effervescent
  • still wine
d (1) : of, relating to, or being a static photograph as contrasted with a motion picture
(2) : designed for taking still photographs
  • a still camera
(3) : engaged in taking still photographs
  • a still photographer
2 a : uttering no sound : quiet
b : subdued, muted
3 a : calm, tranquil
b : free from noise or turbulence

stillness

noun

Examples of still in a Sentence

  1. The cat twitched slightly, and then was still.

  2. Everyone had left, and the house was finally still.

  3. a class in still photography

  4. They had still and fizzy drinks.

Origin and Etymology of still

Middle English stille, from Old English; akin to Old High German stilli still and perhaps to Old English steall stall — more at stall

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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still

verb

Definition of still

intransitive verb
: to become motionless or silent : quiet
transitive verb
1 a : allay, calm
  • stilled their nerves
b : to put an end to : settle
2 : to arrest the motion of
3 : silence

First Known Use of still

before 12th century


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still

adverb

Definition of still

1 : without motion
  • sit still
2 archaic
b : in a progressive manner : increasingly
3 used as a function word to indicate the continuance of an action or condition
  • still lives there
  • drink it while it's still hot
4 : in spite of that : nevertheless
  • those who take the greatest care still make mistakes
5 a : even 2c
  • a still more difficult problem
  • heavier still
b : yet 1a
  • has still to be recognized

Examples of still in a Sentence

  1. Sit still. It'll just take a minute.

  2. the cat sat absolutely still, watching as the mouse began to make its way across the floor

First Known Use of still

before 12th century

still Synonyms

Synonyms
motionlessly, quiet, quietly
Related Words
immovably; inactively
Near Antonyms
movably

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still

noun

Definition of still

1 : quiet, silence
2 : a static photograph; specifically : a photograph of actors or scenes of a motion picture for publicity or documentary purposes

First Known Use of still

13th century

Other Pictures (on film) Terms


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still

verb

Definition of still

Origin and Etymology of still

Middle English stillen, short for distillen to distill

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still

noun

Definition of still

2 : apparatus used in distillation comprising either the chamber in which the vaporization is carried out or the entire equipment

First Known Use of still

1533

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


Still

biographical name \ ˈstil \

Definition of Still

Andrew Taylor 1828–1917 American founder of osteopathy


STILL Defined for English Language Learners

still

adjective

Definition of still for English Language Learners

  • : not moving

  • : lacking motion or activity

  • photography —used to describe an ordinary photograph that does not show movement as compared to a movie


still

adverb

Definition of still for English Language Learners

  • : happening or existing before now and continuing into the present

  • : in spite of that

  • : without moving : without motion


STILL Defined for Kids

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still

adjective \ ˈstil \

Definition of still for Students

1 : having no motion
  • still water
2 : making no sound : quiet
  • The children were finally still.
3 : free from noise and commotion
  • The streets were still.

stillness

noun

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still

verb

Definition of still for Students

stilled; stilling
1 : to make or become motionless or silent
  • The announcement stilled the chatter.
2 : to calm or make less intense
  • He could not still their fears.

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still

adverb

Definition of still for Students

1 : without motion
  • Please sit still.
2 : up to this or that time
  • We still live there.
3 : nevertheless
  • They know it's not true, but they still believe it.
4 : 2even 2
  • She ran still faster.
5 : in addition
  • He won still more money.

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still

noun

Definition of still for Students

: 1quiet, silence
  • the still of the night

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still

noun

Definition of still for Students

: a device used in making alcoholic liquors


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