- a series of steps or rungs by means of which a person may pass over a wall or fence that remains a barrier to sheep or cattle.
- a turnstile.
Origin of stile1
- any of various upright members framing panels or the like, as in a system of paneling, a paneled door, window sash, or chest of drawers.Compare rail1(def 8).
Origin of stile2
Examples from the Web for stile
"Friend, thou hast said enough," said the Beggar, getting down from the stile.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The road is deserted there, and a stile opens a way into these grounds.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
The figure of a soldier appears on the other side of the stile.Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
They came to an understanding, across some stile, most likely.Chance
I gripped the bar of the stile, which was of good British oak.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a set of steps or rungs in a wall or fence to allow people, but not animals, to pass over
- short for turnstile
- a vertical framing member in a door, window frame, or piece of panellingCompare rail 1 (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for stile
Old English stigel "device for climbing, ladder," related to stigen "to climb," from Proto-Germanic *stig- "to climb," (see stair). An arrangement to allow persons to pass but not sheep and cattle.