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2 [stohl]
an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a narrow strip of silk or other material worn over the shoulders or, by deacons, over the left shoulder only, and arranged to hang down in front to the knee or below. Compare tippet ( def 2 ).
a woman's shoulder scarf of fur, marabou, silk, or other material. Compare tippet ( def 1 ).
a long robe, especially one worn by the matrons of ancient Rome.

before 950; Middle English, Old English < Latin stola < Greek stolḗ clothing, robe; akin to Greek stéllein to array, Old English stellan to place, put


verb (used with object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
verb (used without object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to commit or practice theft.
to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.

before 900; 1860–65 for def 5; Middle English stelen, Old English stelan; cognate with German stehlen, Old Norse stela, Gothic stilan

stealable, adjective
stealer, noun
nonstealable, adjective
outsteal, verb (used with object), outstole, outstolen, outstealing.

1. burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob) ; 2. steal, steel, stele.
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steal (stiːl)
vb , steals, stealing, stole, stolen
1.  to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
2.  (tr) to obtain surreptitiously
3.  (tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
4.  to move or convey stealthily: they stole along the corridor
5.  (intr) to pass unnoticed: the hours stole by
6.  (tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sports: to steal a few yards
7.  steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
8.  steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
9.  steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
10.  the act of stealing
11.  something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
[Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen]

stole1 (stəʊl)
the past tense of steal

stole2 (stəʊl)
1.  a long scarf or shawl, worn by women
2.  a long narrow scarf worn by various officiating clergymen
[Old English stole, from Latin stola, Greek stolē clothing; related to stellein to array]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, pp. stolen), from P.Gmc. *stelanan (cf. O.S. stelan, O.N., O.Fris. stela, Du. stelen, O.H.G. stelan, Ger. stehlen, Goth. stilan), of unknown origin. Most IE words for steal have roots in notions of "hide," "carry off," or "collect,
heap up." Attested as a verb of stealthy motion from c.1300 (e.g. to steal away, c.1369); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1586. The noun meaning "a bargain" is Amer.Eng. colloquial attested by 1942; baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.

O.E. stole "long robe, scarf-like garment worn by clergymen," from L. stola "robe, vestment," from Gk. stole "a long robe;" originally "garment, equipment," from root of stellein "to place, array," from PIE *stel- (see stolid). Meaning "women's long garment of fur or feathers" is attested from 1889.
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Medical Dictionary

steal (stēl)
The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.

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ecclesiastical vestment worn by Roman Catholic deacons, priests, and bishops and by some Anglican, Lutheran, and other Protestant clergy. A band of silk 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimetres) wide and about 8 feet (240 centimetres) long, it is the same colour as the major vestments worn for the occasion. Some Protestant clergy wear stoles with colours or symbols that do not conform to liturgical colours. The Roman Catholic deacon wears it over the left shoulder with ends joined under the right arm; priests and bishops wear it around the neck with ends hanging vertically, except that priests cross the ends in front when wearing an alb. In the Roman Catholic Church it is a symbol of immortality. It is generally considered the unique badge of the ordained ministry and is conferred at ordination.

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Example sentences
Before releasing the hostages, the pirates stole all their jewelry and clothing.
These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts.
But this year, for whatever reason, it was the shrubs that stole my heart.
Suppose you had a coat you liked and somebody went into your closet and stole
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