free from sound or noise, as a place or persons; silent: to keep still about a matter.
subdued or low in sound; hushed: a still, small voice.
without waves or perceptible current; not flowing, as water.
not effervescent or sparkling, as wine.
Photography. noting, pertaining to, or used for making single photographs, as opposed to a motion picture.
stillness or silence: the still of the night.
Photography. a single photographic print, as one of the frames of a motion-picture film.
at this or that time; as previously: Are you still here?
up to this or that time; as yet: A day before departure we were still lacking an itinerary.
in the future as in the past: Objections will still be made.
even; in addition; yet (used to emphasize a comparative): still more complaints; still greater riches.
without sound or movement; quietly: Sit still!
at or to a greater distance or degree.
Archaic. steadily; constantly; always.
and yet; but yet; nevertheless: It was futile, still they fought.
to silence or hush (sounds, voices, etc.).
to calm, appease, or allay: to still a craving.
to quiet, subdue, or cause to subside (waves, winds, commotion, tumult, passion, pain, etc.).
to become still or quiet.
Idioms about still
Other definitions for still (2 of 3)
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.
Other definitions for Still (3 of 3)
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How to use still in a sentence
For one Speyside distillery in particular, The Macallan, that process has come to be defined by some curiously small stills.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters | | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Japanese distillers often use a combination of different types of stills and different casks, whereas the Scots cannot.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise | Kayleigh Kulp | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“My esteemed mentor, Boris Fruman, showed us 100 slides of stills from films,” says Granik.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director | Marlow Stern | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A single malt is made with malted barley in pot stills at a single distillery.
A blended scotch whisky is made by combining several single malts with wheat and/or corn whiskies in column stills.
Are there no vats in Milwaukee, no stills in Kentucky, no factories wrapping paper rings around bunches of dead leaves at Tampa?The Women of Tomorrow | William Hard
The use of more stills for making kerosene would automatically produce more by-products of every sort.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
By an order of the Governor in Council this was forbidden, but many continued to work their stills in secret.History of Australia and New Zealand | Alexander Sutherland
The most enterprising went so far as to introduce stills and commence the manufacture of spirits in the colony.History of Australia and New Zealand | Alexander Sutherland
It abolished the small stills and imposed a comparatively heavy duty on the popular drink, branvin.
British Dictionary definitions for still (1 of 2)
(usually predicative) motionless; stationary
undisturbed or tranquil; silent and calm
not sparkling or effervescent: a still wine
gentle or quiet; subdued
obsolete (of a child) dead at birth
continuing now or in the future as in the past: do you still love me?
up to this or that time; yet: I still don't know your name
(often used with a comparative) even or yet: still more insults
quiet or without movement: sit still
poetic, dialect always
poetic silence or tranquillity: the still of the night
a still photograph, esp of a scene from a motion-picture film
(as modifier): a still camera
to make or become still, quiet, or calm
(tr) to allay or relieve: her fears were stilled
even then; nevertheless: the child has some new toys and still cries
- stillness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for still (2 of 2)
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with still
In addition to the idioms beginning with still
- still and all
- still small voice
- still waters run deep
- heart misses a beat (stands still)
- hold still
- jury is still out
- keep quiet (still)
- quiet (still) as a mouse
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