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stile1

[stahyl] /staɪl/
noun
1.
a series of steps or rungs by means of which a person may pass over a wall or fence that remains a barrier to sheep or cattle.
2.
Origin of stile1
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English stigel, derivative of stīgan to climb, cognate with German steigen
Can be confused
stile, style.

stile2

[stahyl] /staɪl/
noun, Carpentry, Furniture.
1.
any of various upright members framing panels or the like, as in a system of paneling, a paneled door, window sash, or chest of drawers.
Compare rail1 (def 8).
Origin
1670-80; perhaps < Dutch stijl (door-, bed-) post, strut
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Examples from the Web for stile
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  • At the stile leading into that lane where Robert had previously seen her, she was stopped by him.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • The road is deserted there, and a stile opens a way into these grounds.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • He climbed over a stile in the hedge and took a field path that ran up to a wood—the wood way, as he remembered, to Astleys.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • The figure of a soldier appears on the other side of the stile.

  • It grows very dark; the waiting figure by the stile vanishes into the gloom.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • They came to an understanding, across some stile, most likely.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Meg loitered a moment watching her, then she clambered over the stile and was off.

    Meg's Friend Alice Abigail Corkran
  • That was what I thought as I grasped the oaken bar of the stile.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They had been standing near the stile: there was another awkward pause.

    Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2 Annette Marie Maillard
  • All this I thought as I grasped the bar of British oak, which was the top of the stile.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for stile

stile1

/staɪl/
noun
1.
a set of steps or rungs in a wall or fence to allow people, but not animals, to pass over
2.
short for turnstile
Word Origin
Old English stigel; related to stīgan to climb, Old High German stigilla; see stair

stile2

/staɪl/
noun
1.
a vertical framing member in a door, window frame, or piece of panelling Compare rail1 (sense 3)
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch stijl pillar, ultimately from Latin stilus writing instrument; see style
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Word Origin and History for stile
n.

Old English stigel "device for climbing, ladder," related to stigen "to climb," from Proto-Germanic *stig- "to climb," (see stair). An arrangement to allow persons to pass but not sheep and cattle.

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