still

1 [stil]
adjective, stiller, stillest.
1.
remaining in place or at rest; motionless; stationary: to stand still.
2.
free from sound or noise, as a place or persons; silent: to keep still about a matter.
3.
subdued or low in sound; hushed: a still, small voice.
4.
free from turbulence or commotion; peaceful; tranquil; calm: the still air.
5.
without waves or perceptible current; not flowing, as water.
6.
not effervescent or sparkling, as wine.
7.
Photography. noting, pertaining to, or used for making single photographs, as opposed to a motion picture.
noun
8.
stillness or silence: the still of the night.
9.
Photography. a single photographic print, as one of the frames of a motion-picture film.
adverb
10.
at this or that time; as previously: Are you still here?
11.
up to this or that time; as yet: A day before departure we were still lacking an itinerary.
12.
in the future as in the past: Objections will still be made.
13.
even; in addition; yet (used to emphasize a comparative): still more complaints; still greater riches.
14.
even then; yet; nevertheless: to be rich and still crave more.
15.
without sound or movement; quietly: Sit still!
16.
at or to a greater distance or degree.
17.
Archaic. steadily; constantly; always.
conjunction
18.
and yet; but yet; nevertheless: It was futile, still they fought.
verb (used with object)
19.
to silence or hush (sounds, voices, etc.).
20.
to calm, appease, or allay: to still a craving.
21.
to quiet, subdue, or cause to subside (waves, winds, commotion, tumult, passion, pain, etc.).
verb (used without object)
22.
to become still or quiet.
Idioms
23.
still and all, nonetheless; even with everything considered: Even though you dislike us, still and all you should be polite.

Origin:
before 900; (adj. and adv.) Middle English still(e), Old English stille; (noun) Middle English: a calm, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English styllen, Old English stillan; (conjunction) derivative of the adv.; akin to German still (adj.), stille (adv.), stillen (v.), Dutch stil (adj. and adv.), stillen (v.); see stall1


1. unmoving, inert, quiescent. 2. soundless, mute. Still, quiet, hushed, noiseless, silent indicate the absence of noise and of excitement or activity accompanied by sound. Still indicates the absence of sound or movement: The house was still. Quiet implies relative freedom from noise, activity, or excitement: a quiet engine; a quiet vacation. Hushed implies the suppression of sound or noise: a hushed whisper. Noiseless and silent characterize that which does not reveal its presence or movement by any sound: a noiseless footstep; silent dissent. 4. pacific, placid, serene. 8. quiet, hush, calm. 18. See but1. 19. quiet, mute, stifle, muffle, smother. 20. soothe, pacify.
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still

2 [stil]
noun
1.
a distilling apparatus, consisting of a vessel in which a liquid is heated and vaporized and a cooling device or coil for condensing the vapor.
2.
a distillery.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to distill.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English stillen, aphetic variant of distillen to distill; (noun) derivative of the v.

Still

[stil]
noun
1.
Andrew Taylor, 1828–1917, U.S. founder of osteopathy.
2.
William Grant, 1895–1978, U.S. composer.
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still1 (stɪl)
 
adj
1.  (usually predicative) motionless; stationary
2.  undisturbed or tranquil; silent and calm
3.  not sparkling or effervescent: a still wine
4.  gentle or quiet; subdued
5.  obsolete (of a child) dead at birth
 
adv
6.  continuing now or in the future as in the past: do you still love me?
7.  up to this or that time; yet: I still don't know your name
8.  (often used with a comparative) even or yet: still more insults
9.  quiet or without movement: sit still
10.  poetic, dialect always
 
n
11.  poetic silence or tranquillity: the still of the night
12.  a.  a still photograph, esp of a scene from a motion-picture film
 b.  (as modifier): a still camera
 
vb
13.  to make or become still, quiet, or calm
14.  (tr) to allay or relieve: her fears were stilled
 
sentence connector
15.  even then; nevertheless: the child has some new toys and still cries
 
[Old English stille; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stilli, Dutch stollen to curdle, Sanskrit sthānús immobile]
 
'stillness1
 
n

still2 (stɪl)
 
n
1.  an apparatus for carrying out distillation, consisting of a vessel in which a mixture is heated, a condenser to turn the vapour back to liquid, and a receiver to hold the distilled liquid, used esp in the manufacture of spirits
2.  a place where spirits are made; distillery
 
[C16: from Old French stiller to drip, from Latin stillāre, from stilla a drip; see distil]

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Word Origin & History

still
O.E. stille "motionless, stationary," from W.Gmc. *steljaz (cf. O.Fris., M.L.G., M.Du. stille, Du. stil, O.H.G. stilli, Ger. still), from root *stel- "fixed, not moving, standing" (see stall (1)). Meaning "quiet, silent" emerged in later O.E.; noun meaning "quietness, the
silent part" first attested c.1600, in still of the night. The adverbial sense of "even now, even then, yet" (still standing there) is first recorded 1530s, from notion of "without change or cessation" (late 13c.); the sense of "even, yet" (e.g. still more) is from 1730. Used as a conjunction from 1722. Meaning "ordinary photo" (as distinguished from a motion picture) is attested from 1916. Euphemistic for "dead" in stillborn (1590s). Still-life is from 1690s, translating Du. stilleven.

still
"distilling apparatus," 1533, from M.E. stillen "to distill" (c.1300), a variant of distillen (see distill).

still
"to calm," O.E. stillan, from stille "at rest" (see still (adj.)). Cognate with O.S. stillian, O.N. stilla, Du., O.H.G., Ger. stillen.
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Idioms & Phrases

still

In addition to the idioms beginning with still, also see heart misses a beat (stands still); hold still; jury is still out; keep quiet (still); quiet (still) as a mouse.

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Example sentences for Still
The telescope is therefore actively still, in its optimal shape.
The arch is still used today in some modern structures such as bridges.
Lesser spirits are found among all the indoeuropeans and they still persist in
  folklore.
This is still apparent in the special keys and defaults used.
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