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Still

[stil] /stɪl/
noun
1.
Andrew Taylor, 1828–1917, U.S. founder of osteopathy.
2.
William Grant, 1895–1978, U.S. composer.
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British Dictionary definitions for w. still

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 w. still

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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