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Idioms about still

    still and all, nonetheless; even with everything considered: Even though you dislike us, still and all you should be polite.

Origin of still

First recorded before 900; Middle English adjective and adverbstill(e), Old English stille; Middle English noun stille “calm (after a storm),” derivative of the adjective; Middle English verb stillen, stil(le) “to be, fall, or remain silent,” Old English stillan; conjunction derivative of the adverb; akin to German still (adjective), stille (adverb), stillen (verb), Dutch stil (adjective and adverb), stillen (verb); see stall1

synonym study for still

2. Still, quiet, hushed, noiseless, silent indicate the absence of noise and of excitement or activity accompanied by sound. Still indicates the absence of sound or movement: The house was still. Quiet implies relative freedom from noise, activity, or excitement: a quiet engine; a quiet vacation. Hushed implies the suppression of sound or noise: a hushed whisper. Noiseless and silent characterize that which does not reveal its presence or movement by any sound: a noiseless footstep; silent dissent.

Other definitions for still (2 of 3)

[ stil ]
/ stɪl /

a distilling apparatus, consisting of a vessel in which a liquid is heated and vaporized and a cooling device or coil for condensing the vapor.
verb (used with or without object)
to distill.

Origin of still

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English verb stillen, variant of distillen to distill

Other definitions for still (3 of 3)

[ stil ]
/ stɪl /

Andrew Taylor, 1828–1917, U.S. founder of osteopathy.
William Grant, 1895–1978, U.S. composer.
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The conjunction still means “and yet” or “but yet.” Do you know when to use still versus but, nevertheless, however, and yet? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for still (1 of 2)

Derived forms of still

stillness, noun

Word Origin for still

Old English stille; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stilli, Dutch stollen to curdle, Sanskrit sthānús immobile

British Dictionary definitions for still (2 of 2)

/ (stɪl) /

an apparatus for carrying out distillation, consisting of a vessel in which a mixture is heated, a condenser to turn the vapour back to liquid, and a receiver to hold the distilled liquid, used esp in the manufacture of spirits
a place where spirits are made; distillery

Word Origin for still

C16: from Old French stiller to drip, from Latin stillāre, from stilla a drip; see distil
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