[ stee-lee, steel for 1-3; steel, stee-lee for 4 ]
/ ˈsti li, stil for 1-3; stil, ˈsti li for 4 /
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noun, plural ste·lai [stee-lahy], /ˈsti laɪ/, ste·les [stee-leez, steelz]. /ˈsti liz, stilz/.

an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
Architecture. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
(in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
Botany. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.



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Also ste·la [stee-luh] /ˈsti lə/ (for defs. 1-3).

Origin of stele

First recorded in 1810–20; from Greek stḗlē, akin to histánai “to make stand,” Latin stāre “to stand”; see stand
ste·lar [stee-ler], /ˈsti lər/, adjective
steal, steel, stele
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British Dictionary definitions for stele

/ (ˈstiːlɪ, stiːl) /

noun plural stelae (ˈstiːliː) or steles (ˈstiːlɪz, stiːlz)

an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times
a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design, esp one on the face of a building
the conducting tissue of the stems and roots of plants, which is in the form of a cylinder, principally containing xylem, phloem, and pericycleSee also protostele, siphonostele
Also called (for senses 1, 2): stela (ˈstiːlə)
stelar (ˈstiːlə), adjective
C19: from Greek stēlē; related to Greek histanai to stand, Latin stāre
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Scientific definitions for stele

[ stēl, stēlē ]

The central core of primary vascular tissues in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of xylem and phloem together with pith.
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