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still1 (stɪl)
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
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
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
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]

still2 (stɪl)
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

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.

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

"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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