stillness


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still 1

 (stĭl)
adj. still·er, still·est
1.
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.
n.
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.
adv.
1. Without movement; motionlessly: stand still.
2.
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
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To become still.
Idiom:
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

 (stĭl)
n.
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

stillness

noun
1. The absence of sound or noise:
Translations
سُكون، هُدوء
mlčenítichost
stilhed
kyrrî
mir

stillness

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

stillness

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

stillness

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

stillness

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

still1

(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.
noun
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 ?
At any rate, as the dusk came on a slow, intermittent movement upon the sand pits began, a move- ment that seemed to gather force as the stillness of the eve- ning about the cylinder remained unbroken.
A summer on the loftiest height, with cold fountains and blissful stillness: oh, come, my friends, that the stillness may become more blissful!
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?
In the pauses of complete stillness there came the rustle of last year's leaves, stirred by the thawing of the earth and the growth of the grass.
The sudden and almost magical change, from the stirring incidents of the combat to the stillness that now reigned around him, acted on the heated imagination of Heyward like some exciting dream.
The flakes fell fast and thick, soon covering the ground some inches deep, and spreading abroad a solemn stillness.
There were exactly states of the air, conditions of sound and of stillness, unspeakable impressions of the KIND of ministering moment, that brought back to me, long enough to catch it, the feeling of the medium in which, that June evening out of doors, I had had my first sight of Quint, and in which, too, at those other instants, I had, after seeing him through the window, looked for him in vain in the circle of shrubbery.
One after another the savages, turning restlessly, appeared to resume their slumbers, and rejoicing at the stillness which prevailed, I was about to rise again from my couch, when I heard a slight rustling--a dark form was intercepted between me and the doorway--the slide was drawn across it, and the individual, whoever he was, returned to his mat.
And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries.
I have seen that again and again when I have been sitting in stillness and darkness, and a great terror has come upon me lest I should become hard, and a lover of self, and no more bear willingly the Redeemer's cross.
Yet that morning I missed in the stillness that feeling of security and peace which ought to have been associated with it.
Reader, you may have lain awake at night and thought the quiet oppressive, but I say with confidence that you can have no idea what a vivid, tangible thing is perfect stillness.