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[stil] /stɪl/
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
900
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
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for stillest

still1

/stɪl/
adjective
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
adverb
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
noun
11.
(poetic) silence or tranquillity: the still of the night
12.
  1. a still photograph, esp of a scene from a motion-picture film
  2. (as modifier): a still camera
verb
13.
to make or become still, quiet, or calm
14.
(transitive) to allay or relieve: her fears were stilled
sentence connector
15.
even then; nevertheless: the child has some new toys and still cries
Derived Forms
stillness, noun
Word Origin
Old English stille; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stilli, Dutch stollen to curdle, Sanskrit sthānús immobile

still2

/stɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Old French stiller to drip, from Latin stillāre, from stilla a drip; see distil
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Word Origin and History for stillest

still

adj.

Old English stille "motionless, stationary," from West Germanic *steljaz (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stille, Dutch stil, Old High German stilli, German still), from root *stel- "fixed, not moving, standing" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "quiet, silent" emerged in later Old English. Euphemistic for "dead" in stillborn, etc. Still small voice is from KJV:

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. [1 Kings 19:11-13]

n.

"distilling apparatus," 1530s, from Middle English stillen "to distill" (c.1300), a variant of distillen (see distill).

"quietness, the silent part," c.1600 (in still of the night), from still (adj.). Meaning "ordinary photo" (as distinguished from a motion picture) is attested from 1916.

v.

"to calm," Old English stillan, from stille "at rest" (see still (adj.)). Cognate with Old Saxon stillian, Old Norse stilla, Dutch, Old High German, German stillen. Related: Stilled; stilling.

adv.

"even now, even then, yet" (e.g. still standing there), 1530s, from still (adj.) in the sense "without change or cessation, continual" (c.1300); the sense of "even, yet" (e.g. still more) is from 1730. Used as a conjunction from 1722.

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