still
Pronunciation
Adjective

still (comparative stiller, superlative stillest)

  1. Not moving; calm.
    Still waters run deep.
  2. Not effervescing; not sparkling.
    still water; still wines
  3. Uttering no sound; silent.
    • The sea that roared at thy command, / At thy command was still.
  4. (not comparable) Having the same stated quality continuously from a past time
  5. Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Kings 19:12 ↗:
      {...}} a still small voice.
  6. (obsolete) Constant; continual.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      By still practice learn to know thy meaning.
Synonyms Related terms
  • be still my heart
  • be still my beating heart
  • still waters run deep
Translations Translations
  • Italian: naturale, non gassata, non effervescente, non frizzante

Adverb

still (not comparable)

  1. Without motion.
    They stood still until the guard was out of sight.
  2. (aspect) Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      It hath been anciently reported, and is still received.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
    Is it still raining?   It was still raining five minutes ago.
    We've seen most of the sights, but we are still visiting the museum.
  3. (degree) To an even greater degree. Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs.
    Tom is tall; Dick is taller; Harry is still taller. ("still" and "taller" can easily swap places here)
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto), London: Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, […], OCLC 236076664 ↗:
      The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed.
  4. (conjunctive) Nevertheless.
    I’m not hungry, but I’ll still manage to find room for dessert.
    Yeah, but still...
    • As sunshine, broken in the rill, / Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
  5. (archaic, poetic) Always; invariably; constantly; continuously.
    • The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should be thrown away in private.
    • Chemists would be rich if they could still do in great quantities what they have sometimes done in little.
  6. (extensive) even#Adverb|Even, yet#Adverb|yet.
    Some dogs howl, more yelp, still more bark.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
Noun

still (plural stills)

  1. A period of calm or silence.
    the still of the night
  2. (photography) A photograph, as opposed to movie footage.
  3. (slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.
  4. A steep hill or ascent.
Synonyms Translations Translations
Noun

still (plural stills)

  1. a device for distilling liquids.
  2. (catering) a large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.
  3. (catering) the area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee, separate from the main kitchen.
  4. A building where liquors are distilled; a distillery.
Translations Translations
Verb

still (stills, present participle stilling; past and past participle stilled)

  1. to calm down, to quiet
    to still the raging sea
Synonyms Translations
  • French: calmer
  • Russian: успока́ивать

Verb

still (stills, present participle stilling; past and past participle stilled)

  1. (obsolete) To trickle, drip.
  2. To cause to fall by drops.
  3. To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.



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