Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to stela: Tesla
click for a larger image


 (stē′lē, stēl)
1. also ste·la (stē′lə) pl. steles also ste·lae (-lē) An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface, used as a monument or as a commemorative tablet in the face of a building.
2. stele (stēl, stē′lē) The primary vascular tissue in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of the xylem and phloem together with supporting tissues, such as pith.

[Greek stēlē, pillar; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

ste′lar (-lər) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈsti li, stil for 1-3; stil, ˈsti li for 4 )

n., pl. ste•lai (ˈsti laɪ) ste•les (ˈsti liz, stilz)
1. an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
2. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
3. the central cylinder of vascular tissue in the stems and roots of the higher plants.
Also, stela (for defs. 1-3).
[1810–20; < Greek stḗlē, akin to Latin stāre to stand]
ste′lar, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stela - an ancient upright stone slab bearing markingsstela - an ancient upright stone slab bearing markings
antiquity - an artifact surviving from the past
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The improved STELA test was used to analyse samples from 260 patients to see if it could predict how patients would respond to intensive chemotherapy combined with immunotherapy.
A statement by Stela's mum read in court said: "Every day I ask, why Stela if he barely knew her?" Thornton was jailed for at least 22-and-half years at Winchester crown court after admitting murder at an earlier hearing.
To be specific, I was most happy to see how Davies used Colleen Manassa's lengthy re-edition of the Great Karnak Inscription of Merenptah as well as the "companion piece," the Israel Stela. And therefore I shall take this section of the work in a paradigmatic fashion.
Esses sao alguns dados resgatados pelo Dicionario Feminino da Infamia: acolhimento e diagnostico de mulheres em situacao de violencia, organizado por Elizabeth Fleury-Teixeira e Stela Nazareth Meneghel e lancado pela Editora Fiocruz.
Three ships C.V Safmarine Ngami, C.V Al-Faradi, and M.T Karachi sailed out on Wednesday morning while three more ships C.V Maersk Kingston, M.T Able sailor and M.V Stela Nova were expected to sail the same day afternoon.
A new translation of the 40-line inscription on a tall stone block from Egypt called Tempest Stela suggests darkness and rain during those days.
Fragments of that king's funerary stela were found just recently in front of his huge, badly robbed tomb.
This relatively hard-to-reach target is attainable if more competition is injected into the emerging market smartphone space and the current dominance of Android based phones is disrupted, according to report author, Stela Bokun, senior analyst, Pyramid Research.
Freidel, who is studying in Paris this summer, said the stone monument, known officially as El Peru Stela 44, offers a wealth of new information about a "dark period" in Maya history, including the names of two previously unknown Maya rulers and the political realities that shaped their legacies.
Summary: On the occasion of the seventh accession of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) and the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed a stela, capturing his life and achievements.
With: Serban Pavlu, Sofia Nicolaescu, Mihaela Sirbu, Gabriel Spahiu, Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez, Stela Popescu, Alexandru Arsinel, Paolo Lagana.