sty

2 [stahy]
noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.
a circumscribed abscess caused by bacterial infection of the glands on the edge of the eyelid; hordeolum.
Also, stye.


Origin:
1610–20; by false division of Middle English styanye sty (styan (Old English stīgend sty, literally, rising) + ye eye), taken to be sty on eye

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sty (staɪ)
 
n , pl sties
1.  a pen in which pigs are housed and fed
2.  any filthy or corrupt place
 
vb , sties, sties, stying, stied
3.  to enclose or be enclosed in a sty
 
[Old English stig; related to Old Norse stīa pen, fold, Old High German stīga, Middle Dutch stije]

stye or sty (staɪ)
 
n , pl styes, sties
technical name hordeolum inflammation of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid, usually caused by bacteria
 
[C15 styanye (mistakenly taken as sty on eye), from Old English stīgend rising, hence swelling, stye + ye eye]
 
sty or sty
 
n
 
[C15 styanye (mistakenly taken as sty on eye), from Old English stīgend rising, hence swelling, stye + ye eye]

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sty
"pen for pigs," O.E. sti, stig "hall, pen" (in sti-fearh), from P.Gmc. *stijan (cf. O.N. stia "sty, kennel," O.H.G. stiga "pen for small cattle").

sty
"inflamed swelling in the eyelid," 1617, probably a back-formation from M.E. styany (as though sty on eye), c.1440, from O.E. stigend "sty," lit. "riser," from prp. of stigan "go up, rise," from P.Gmc. *stig- (see stair).
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sty or stye (stī)
n. pl. sties or styes (stīz)
Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid. Also called hordeolum.

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