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.
- Also ste·la [stee-luh] /ˈsti lə/ (for defs. 1-3).
- ste·lar [stee-ler], /ˈsti lər/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stele
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
- Also called (for senses 1, 2): stela (ˈstiːlə)
- stelar (ˈstiːlə), adjective
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Scientific definitions for stele
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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