- remaining in place or at rest; motionless; stationary: to stand still.
- 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.
- free from turbulence or commotion; peaceful; tranquil; calm: the still air.
- 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.
- even then; yet; nevertheless: to be rich and still crave more.
- 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.
- still and all, nonetheless; even with everything considered: Even though you dislike us, still and all you should be polite.
Origin of still1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for still on Thesaurus.com
- 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.
- a distillery.
- to distill.
Origin of still2
Examples from the Web for stills
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
November 16, 2014
“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
October 24, 2014
With photos, video, and stills, National Geographic and Michael Nichols take users inside a pride of lions.Our 10 Favorite Multimedia Design Projects of 2013
December 31, 2013
He “discovered” Ray Charles and helped shape the careers of the Rolling Stones, John Coltrane and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.Remembering Music Pioneer Ahmet Ertegun
December 12, 2013
Again, the piece was illustrated with stills from the Zapruder film.Death of JFK Spawned an Industry That Thrived for Decades
November 24, 2013
Would they find me there, Joe, up in the mountains, where you have the stills?The Macdermots of Ballycloran
Nothing is more imperfect than the stills of a whiskey distillery.The Art of Making Whiskey
Neither snow nor winter wind dulls his plumage or stills his song.Blue Ridge Country
For he stills our innermost fears, and fulfils our utmost longings.The Spanish Brothers
If they were moonshiners, where had they sold the product of their stills?The Silent Alarm
Roy J. Snell
- (usually predicative) motionless; stationary
- undisturbed or tranquil; silent and calm
- not sparkling or effervescenta still wine
- gentle or quiet; subdued
- obsolete (of a child) dead at birth
- continuing now or in the future as in the pastdo you still love me?
- up to this or that time; yetI still don't know your name
- (often used with a comparative) even or yetstill more insults
- quiet or without movementsit still
- poetic, dialect always
- poetic silence or tranquillitythe 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 relieveher fears were stilled
- even then; neverthelessthe child has some new toys and still cries
- 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 and History for stills
Old English stille "motionless, stationary," from West Germanic *steljaz (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stille, Dutch stil, Old High German stilli, German still), from root *stel- "fixed, not moving, standing" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "quiet, silent" emerged in later Old English. Euphemistic for "dead" in stillborn, etc. Still small voice is from KJV:
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. [1 Kings 19:11-13]
"distilling apparatus," 1530s, from Middle English stillen "to distill" (c.1300), a variant of distillen (see distill).
"to calm," Old English stillan, from stille "at rest" (see still (adj.)). Cognate with Old Saxon stillian, Old Norse stilla, Dutch, Old High German, German stillen. Related: Stilled; stilling.
"quietness, the silent part," c.1600 (in still of the night), from still (adj.). Meaning "ordinary photo" (as distinguished from a motion picture) is attested from 1916.
"even now, even then, yet" (e.g. still standing there), 1530s, from still (adj.) in the sense "without change or cessation, continual" (c.1300); the sense of "even, yet" (e.g. still more) is from 1730. Used as a conjunction from 1722.
Idioms and Phrases with stills
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