Definition of stilt
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 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
a circus performer walking on stilts
Recent Examples of stilt from the Web
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the celebration will feature dragon dancers, stilt walkers and live music.
Some black communities still inhabit small, traditional, wooden homes built on stilts over the water’s edges.
Its plain, boxy buildings sit on stilts to prevent thawing the permafrost below.
The versatile entertainer's skills include juggling, comedy, acrobatics, fire-eating, mime, unicycling, stilt-walking and interacting with audiences.
The last few years have drawn around 80,000 parade watchers to be awed by the floats and puppets and dancers and stilt walkers and parading artworks.
What: 28th annual Parade the Circle, an artful event of floats, musicians, stilt-walkers, dances, parading artworks and more, featuring more than 1,000 participants.
Imagination Bethesda Bethesda Urban Partnership’s 23rd annual children’s street festival offers musical performances, professional children’s entertainers, arts-and-crafts activities, face painters, balloonists, a stilt walker, giveaways and more.
A demonstration model is parked atop metal stilts in an alley between a Japanese restaurant and a block of office buildings in Beijing.
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Origin and Etymology of stilt
Middle English stilte; akin to Old High German stelza stilt
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of stilt
: to raise on or as if on stilts
First Known Use of stilt
STILT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of stilt for Students
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 : 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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