[ stilt ]
/ stɪlt /
one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk with his or her feet above the ground.
one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.
Ceramics. a three-armed support for an object being fired.
any of several white-and-black wading birds, especially Cladorhynchus leucocephalus and Himantopus himantopus, having long, bright pink legs and a long, slender black bill.
- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
verb (used with object)
to raise on or as if on stilts.
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Origin of stilt
1275–1325; Middle English stilte; cognate with Low German stilte pole, German Stelze
OTHER WORDS FROM stiltstilt·like, adjective
Words nearby stilt
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Example sentences from the Web for stilting
I have been stilting about in his style so long that it is a relief to me to come down to the jog of common English.Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals|Charles Edward Stowe
All the arches at their crown were brought to the same height by a combination of stilting, pointing, or depressing them.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for stilting
/ (stɪlt) /
either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns
a long post or column that is used with others to support a building above ground level
any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill
(tr) to raise or place on or as if on stilts
Word Origin for stilt
C14 (in the sense: crutch, handle of a plough): related to Low German stilte pole, Norwegian stilta
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