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Webster 1913 Edition


Stilt

Stilt

,
Noun.
[OE.
stilte
; akin to Dan.
stylte
, Sw.
stylta
, LG. & D.
stelt
, OHG.
stelza
, G.
stelze
, and perh. to E.
stout
.]
1.
A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm.
Ambition is but avarice on
stilts
, and masked.
Landor.
2.
A crutch; also, the handle of a plow.
[Prov. Eng.]
Halliwell.
3.
(Zool.)
Any species of limicoline birds belonging to
Himantopus
and allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also
longshanks
,
stiltbird
,
stilt plover
, and
lawyer
.
☞ The American species (
Himantopus Mexicanus
) is well known. The European and Asiatic stilt (
Himantopus candidus
) is usually white, except the wings and interscapulars, which are greenish black. The white-headed stilt (
Himantopus leucocephalus
) and the banded stilt (
Cladorhynchus pectoralis
) are found in Australia.
Stilt plover
(Zool.)
,
the stilt.
Stilt sandpiper
(Zool.)
,
an American sandpiper (
Micropalama himantopus
) having long legs. The bill is somewhat expanded at the tip.

Stilt

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Stilted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Stilting
.]
To raise on stilts, or as if on stilts.

Webster 1828 Edition


Stilt

STILT

,
Noun.
[G.] A stilt is a piece of wood with a shoulder, to support the foot in walking. Boys sometimes use stilts for raising their feet above the mud in walking, but they are rarely seen.
Men must not walk upon stilts.

STILT

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To raise on stilts; to elevate.
2.
To raise by unnatural means.

Definition 2022


stilt

stilt

English

Stilts (walking poles).

Noun

stilt (plural stilts)

  1. Either of two poles with footrests that allow someone to stand or walk above the ground; used mostly by entertainers.
  2. A tall pillar or post used to support some structure; often above water.
  3. Any of various wading birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, related to the avocet, that have extremely long legs and long thin bills.
  4. A crutch.
  5. The handle of a plough.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

stilt (third-person singular simple present stilts, present participle stilting, simple past and past participle stilted)

  1. to raise on stilts, or as if on stilts

Anagrams


Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

Verb

stilt

  1. past participle of stille