Definition of still adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɪl//
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  1. 1  not moving; calm and quiet still water Keep still while I brush your hair. The kids found it hard to stay still. Can't you sit still? We stayed in a village where time has stood still (= life has not changed for many years).
  2. 2with no wind a still summer’s day the still night air
  3. 3(British English) (of a drink) not containing bubbles of gas; not fizzy still mineral water
  4. Word Originadjective Old English stille (adjective and adverb), stillan (verb), of West Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘be fixed, stand’.Extra examples He stood stock-still, hardly daring to breathe. Hold still a minute while I pin your dress up. I held the cat still while the vet gave the injection. It was a completely still, warm evening. Please sit still! Suddenly everything went still. The air was strangely still and silent. A fallen tree floated in the still water. Her voice carried on the still air. Hold the ladder still while I try to get over the wall. I sat stock still , hardly breathing. I wish you’d keep still. It was a still night and the tall trees stood silently against the stars. Keep your head still. Stand still when I’m talking to you! Stay absolutely still. The cat remained perfectly still. The surface of the lake was calm and still.Idioms (literary) the time during the night when it is quiet and calm
    a/the still small voice
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    (literary) the voice of God or your conscience, that tells you to do what is morally right
    (saying) a person who seems to be quiet or shy may surprise you by knowing a lot or having deep feelings
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