|—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]|
The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.
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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