1 [stahyl]
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.

before 900; Middle English; Old English stigel, derivative of stīgan to climb, cognate with German steigen Unabridged


2 [stahyl]
noun Carpentry, Furniture.
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 ).

1670–80; perhaps < Dutch stijl (door-, bed-) post, strut Unabridged
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stile1 (staɪl)
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
[Old English stigel; related to stīgan to climb, Old High German stigilla; see stair]

stile2 (staɪl)
Compare rail a vertical framing member in a door, window frame, or piece of panelling
[C17: probably from Dutch stijl pillar, ultimately from Latin stilus writing instrument; see style]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stigel "device for climbing, ladder," related to stigen "to climb," from P.Gmc. *stig- "to climb," (see stair). An arrangement to allow persons to pass but not sheep and cattle.
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Example sentences
They climbed over a stile and went along the edge of a wood.
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