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stilt

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noun \ˈstilt\

Definition of stilt

  1. 1a :  one of two poles each with a rest or strap for the foot used to elevate the wearer above the ground in walkingb :  a pile or post serving as one of the supports of a structure above ground or water level

  2. 2 plural also stilt :  any of several very long-legged 3-toed shorebirds (genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus) that are related to the avocets, frequent inland ponds and marshes, and nest in small colonies

Examples of stilt in a Sentence

  1. a circus performer walking on stilts

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Origin and Etymology of stilt

Middle English stilte; akin to Old High German stelza stilt


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stilt

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Definition of stilt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to raise on or as if on stilts

First Known Use of stilt

1649


STILT Defined for English Language Learners

stilt

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Definition of stilt for English Language Learners

  • : one of a set of upright posts that are used to hold a building up above water or the ground

  • : one of a pair of long poles with platforms for your feet that you can stand on to walk high above the ground


STILT Defined for Kids

stilt

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noun \ˈstilt\

Definition of stilt for Students

  1. 1 :  one of a pair of tall poles each with a high step or loop for the support of a foot used to lift the person wearing them above the ground in walking

  2. 2 :  a stake or post used as one of the supports of a structure (as a building) above ground or water level



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