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stilt

 (stĭlt)
n.
1. Either of a pair of long, slender poles each equipped with a raised footrest to enable the user to walk elevated above the ground.
2. Any of various tall posts or pillars used as support, as for a dock or building: a beach house on stilts.
3. Any of several shorebirds of the widely distributed genus Himantopus or the Australian genus Cladorhynchus that have long pink legs, usually black-and-white plumage, and a long slender bill.
tr.v. stilt·ed, stilt·ing, stilts
To place or raise on stilts.

[Middle English stilte; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

stilt

(stɪlt)
n
1. (Other Non-sporting Hobbies) either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns
2. (Building) a long post or column that is used with others to support a building above ground level
3. (Animals) any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill
vb
(tr) to raise or place on or as if on stilts
[C14 (in the sense: crutch, handle of a plough): related to Low German stilte pole, Norwegian stilta]

stilt

(stɪlt)

n.
1. one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk above the ground.
2. one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.
3. any of several white-and-black wading birds, esp. Cladorhynchus leucocephalus and Himantopus mexicanus, having long, bright pink legs and a long, slender black bill.
v.t.
4. to raise on or as if on stilts.
[1275–1325; Middle English stilte, c. Low German, dial. Dutch stilte pole]

stilt


Past participle: stilted
Gerund: stilting

Imperative
stilt
stilt
Present
I stilt
you stilt
he/she/it stilts
we stilt
you stilt
they stilt
Preterite
I stilted
you stilted
he/she/it stilted
we stilted
you stilted
they stilted
Present Continuous
I am stilting
you are stilting
he/she/it is stilting
we are stilting
you are stilting
they are stilting
Present Perfect
I have stilted
you have stilted
he/she/it has stilted
we have stilted
you have stilted
they have stilted
Past Continuous
I was stilting
you were stilting
he/she/it was stilting
we were stilting
you were stilting
they were stilting
Past Perfect
I had stilted
you had stilted
he/she/it had stilted
we had stilted
you had stilted
they had stilted
Future
I will stilt
you will stilt
he/she/it will stilt
we will stilt
you will stilt
they will stilt
Future Perfect
I will have stilted
you will have stilted
he/she/it will have stilted
we will have stilted
you will have stilted
they will have stilted
Future Continuous
I will be stilting
you will be stilting
he/she/it will be stilting
we will be stilting
you will be stilting
they will be stilting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been stilting
you have been stilting
he/she/it has been stilting
we have been stilting
you have been stilting
they have been stilting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been stilting
you will have been stilting
he/she/it will have been stilting
we will have been stilting
you will have been stilting
they will have been stilting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been stilting
you had been stilting
he/she/it had been stilting
we had been stilting
you had been stilting
they had been stilting
Conditional
I would stilt
you would stilt
he/she/it would stilt
we would stilt
you would stilt
they would stilt
Past Conditional
I would have stilted
you would have stilted
he/she/it would have stilted
we would have stilted
you would have stilted
they would have stilted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stilt - a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structurestilt - a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
sheath pile, sheet pile, sheet piling - a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
2.stilt - one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground; "he was so tall I thought he was on stilts"
pole - a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
3.stilt - long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australiastilt - long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australia
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
Cladorhyncus, genus Cladorhyncus - one of two genera of stilts; similar to avocets but with straight bills
banded stilt, Cladorhyncus leucocephalum - web-footed Australian stilt with reddish-brown pectoral markings
4.stilt - long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoonsstilt - long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
genus Himantopus, Himantopus - major one of two genera of stilts; similar to avocets but with straight bills
black-necked stilt, Himantopus mexicanus - stilt of southwestern United States to northern South America having black plumage extending from the head down the back of the neck
black-winged stilt, Himantopus himantopus - stilt of Europe and Africa and Asia having mostly white plumage but with black wings
Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus, white-headed stilt - stilt of the southwest Pacific including Australia and New Zealand having mostly white plumage but with black wings and nape of neck
Himantopus novae-zelandiae, kaki - blackish stilt of New Zealand sometimes considered a color phase of the white-headed stilt
Translations
paalupitkäjalkapuujalka
gólyaláb
trampolocavaliere d'Italiatrampoli
steltloper

stilt

[stɪlt] Nzanco m (Archit) → pilar m, soporte m

stilt

[ˈstɪlt] n
(for walking)échasse f
(= pile) → pilotis m

stilt

nStelze f; (Archit) → Pfahl m; a house built on stiltsein Pfahlbau m

stilt

[stɪlt] ntrampolo; (pile) → palo
to walk on stilts → camminare sui trampoli
References in classic literature ?
The young gentleman twisted up his right stilt and patted him on the shoulder, and the young lady rattled her tambourine.
MUST I not wear stilts, that they may OVERLOOK my long legs--all those enviers and injurers around me?
He asked compassionately if there was anything he could do for me, and, of course, there was something he could do, but were I to propose it I doubted not he would be on his stilts at once, for already I had reason to know him for a haughty, sensitive dog, who ever became high at the first hint of help.
Boilers on stilts, I tell you, striding along like men.
Hereupon, the offended fowl stalked away on his long stilts, and utterly withdrew his notice from Phoebe and the rest of human nature, until she made her peace with an offering of spice-cake, which, next to snails, was the delicacy most in favor with his aristocratic taste.
There you stand, a hundred feet above the silent decks, striding along the deep, as if the masts were gigantic stilts, while beneath you and between your legs, as it were, swim the hugest monsters of the sea, even as ships once sailed between the boots of the famous Colossus at old Rhodes.
It was he who had shot James Maclaren at the plough stilts, a quarrel never satisfied; yet he walked into the house of his blood enemies as a rider[30] might into a public inn.
The stores and houses was most all old, shackly, dried up frame con- cerns that hadn't ever been painted; they was set up three or four foot above ground on stilts, so as to be out of reach of the water when the river was over- flowed.
He stalks serenely along, bringing his cushioned stilts forward with the long, regular swing of a pendulum, and whatever is in the way must get out of the way peaceably, or be wiped out forcibly by the bulky sacks.
For, now, the last of the fleet of ships was round the last low point we had headed; and the last green barge, straw-laden, with a brown sail, had followed; and some ballast-lighters, shaped like a child's first rude imitation of a boat, lay low in the mud; and a little squat shoal-lighthouse on open piles, stood crippled in the mud on stilts and crutches; and slimy stakes stuck out of the mud, and slimy stones stuck out of the mud, and red landmarks and tidemarks stuck out of the mud, and an old landing-stage and an old roofless building slipped into the mud, and all about us was stagnation and mud.
He had been treated, therefore, to more than his share of schooling and drilling, but his instructors had not succeeded in mounting him upon stilts.
Tim Linkinwater's sister lamented; the housekeeper condoled; and both kept thrusting their heads out of the second-floor window to see if the boy was 'coming'--which would have been highly satisfactory, and, upon the whole, tantamount to his being come, as the distance to the corner was not quite five yards--when, all of a sudden, and when he was least expected, the messenger, carrying the bandbox with elaborate caution, appeared in an exactly opposite direction, puffing and panting for breath, and flushed with recent exercise; as well he might be; for he had taken the air, in the first instance, behind a hackney coach that went to Camberwell, and had followed two Punches afterwards and had seen the Stilts home to their own door.