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still 1

adj. still·er, still·est
a. Not moving or in motion: The patient must be still for the doctor to work.
b. Free from disturbance, agitation, or commotion: the still waters of the lake.
c. Of or relating to a single or static photograph as opposed to a movie.
2. Making or characterized by no sound or faint sound: The crowd cheered and then grew still. See Synonyms at quiet.
3. Not carbonated; lacking effervescence: a still wine.
1. Silence; quiet: the still of the night.
2. A still photograph, especially one taken from a scene of a movie and used for promotional purposes.
3. A still-life picture.
1. Without movement; motionlessly: stand still.
a. At the present time; for the present: We are still waiting.
b. Up to or at a specified time; yet: still had not made up her mind.
c. At a future time; eventually: may still see the error of his ways.
3. In increasing amount or degree; even: and still further complaints.
4. In addition; besides: had still another helping.
5. All the same; nevertheless.
v. stilled, still·ing, stills
1. To make motionless or unagitated: The afternoon heat stilled the breeze.
2. To make quiet; silence: "a ... cold wind that stilled even the chorus of insects" (David Campbell).
3. To allay or calm: The parents stilled their child's fears of the dark.
To become still.
still and all
Informal After taking everything into consideration; nevertheless; however: Still and all, our objective can be achieved.

[Middle English, from Old English stille; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

still′ness n.

still 2

1. An apparatus for distilling liquids, such as alcohols, consisting of a vessel in which the substance is vaporized by heat and a cooling device in which the vapor is condensed.
2. A distillery.

[From Middle English stillen, to distill, from distillen; see distill.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stillness - (poetic) tranquil silence; "the still of the night"
silence, quiet - the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"
poesy, poetry, verse - literature in metrical form
2.stillness - calmness without winds
calmness - an absence of strong winds or rain
3.stillness - a state of no motion or movement; "the utter motionlessness of a marble statue"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
fixedness, immobility, stationariness - remaining in place


1. The absence of sound or noise:
سُكون، هُدوء


[ˈstɪlnɪs] N
1. (= motionlessness) [of person, hands, air, water] → quietud f
2. (= quiet, calm) → tranquilidad f, calma f


[ˈstɪlnɪs] n (= tranquility) → silence m
Four deafening explosions shattered the stillness of the night air → Quatre explosions assourdissantes déchirèrent le silence de la nuit.


(= motionlessness)Unbewegtheit f; (of person)Reglosigkeit f
(= quietness)Stille f, → Ruhe f


[ˈstɪlnɪs] nimmobilità; (quietness) → silenzio, tranquillità


(stil) adjective
1. without movement or noise. The city seems very still in the early morning; Please stand/sit/keep/hold still while I brush your hair!; still (= calm) water/weather.
2. (of drinks) not fizzy. still orange juice.
a photograph selected from a cinema film. The magazine contained some stills from the new film.
ˈstillness noun
ˈstillborn adjective
dead when born. a stillborn baby.
References in classic literature ?
So quiet and reposeful within, for everyone slept, spent with watching, and a Sabbath stillness reigned through the house, while nodding Hannah mounted guard at the door.
With childish abandon she gave herself over to grief, her voice breaking the evening stillness of the street.
A profound stillness had fallen upon the broad, beautiful street.
Occasionally he would stop; and in the midst of a breathing stillness, that the dull but increasing roar of the waterfall only served to render more impressive, he would listen with painful intenseness, to catch any sounds that might arise from the slumbering forest.
A stillness, more oppressive and intolerable than the previous commotion, began to pervade the house and the surrounding woods.
I had wandered into it at noontime, when all nature is peculiarly quiet, and was startled by the roar of my own gun, as it broke the Sabbath stillness around and was prolonged and reverberated by the angry echoes.
And when these things unite in a man of greatly superior natural force, with a globular brain and a ponderous heart; who has also by the stillness and seclusion of many long night-watches in the remotest waters, and beneath constellations never seen here at the north, been led to think untraditionally and independently; receiving all nature's sweet or savage impressions fresh from her own virgin voluntary and confiding breast, and thereby chiefly, but with some help from accidental advantages, to learn a bold and nervous lofty language --that man makes one in a whole nation's census --a mighty pageant creature, formed for noble tragedies.
Whoever has travelled in the New England States will remember, in some cool village, the large farmhouse, with its clean-swept grassy yard, shaded by the dense and massive foliage of the sugar maple; and remember the air of order and stillness, of perpetuity and unchanging repose, that seemed to breathe over the whole place.
When, in doleful dumps, breaking the awful stillness of our wooden sidewalk on a Sunday, or, perchance, a watcher in the house of mourning, I hear a cockerel crow far or near, I think to myself, "There is one of us well, at any rate,"--and with a sudden gush return to my senses.
IN the stillness and the darkness, realization soon began to supplement knowledge.
The combatants were watching each other with alert eyes; a perfect stillness, a breathless interest reigned.
So we would put in the day, lazying around, listening to the stillness.