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English adjective: still

1. still not in physical motion

SamplesThe inertia of an object at rest.

Synonymsinactive, motionless, static

Similarnonmoving, unmoving


2. still marked by absence of sound

SamplesA silent house.
Soundless footsteps on the grass.
The night was still.

Synonymssilent, soundless



3. still (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

SamplesA ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay.
The quiet waters of a lagoon.
A lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky.
A smooth channel crossing.
Scarcely a ripple on the still water.
Unruffled water.

Synonymsplacid, quiet, smooth, tranquil, unruffled



4. still used of pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing objects not capable of motion

SamplesA still photograph.
Cezanne's still life of apples.


5. still not sparkling

SamplesA still wine.
Still mineral water.


Antonymseffervescent, sparkling

6. still free from noticeable current

SamplesA still pond.
Still waters run deep.



English noun: still

1. still (artifact) a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)

SamplesHe wanted some stills for a magazine ad.

Broader (hypernym)exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

2. still (attribute) (poetic) tranquil silence

SamplesThe still of the night.

Synonymshush, stillness

Broader (hypernym)quiet, silence

Domain categorypoesy, poetry, verse

3. still (artifact) an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed

Broader (hypernym)apparatus, setup

Narrower (hyponym)Coffey still

Part holonymcondenser, retort

4. still (artifact) a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation


Broader (hypernym)industrial plant, plant, works

Narrower (hyponym)wine maker, winery

Part holonymCoffey still

English adverb: still

1. still with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation

SamplesIt's still warm outside.
Will you still love me when we're old and grey?.

Antonymsno longer, no more

2. still despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)

SamplesAlthough I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it.
While we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed.
He was a stern yet fair master.
Granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go.

Synonymsall the same, even so, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, withal, yet

3. still to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons

SamplesLooked sick and felt even worse.
An even (or still) more interesting problem.
Still another problem must be solved.
A yet sadder tale.

Synonymseven, yet

4. still without moving or making a sound

SamplesHe sat still as a statue.
Time stood still.
They waited stock-still outside the door.
He couldn't hold still any longer.


English verb: still

1. still (emotion) make calm or still

SamplesQuiet the dragons of worry and fear.

Synonymscalm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comfort, console, solace, soothe

Narrower (hyponym)appease, assuage, assure, compose, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, lull, mollify, pacify, placate, reassure

Antonymscharge up, commove, agitate, rouse, excite, turn on, charge

2. still (change) cause to be quiet or not talk

SamplesPlease silence the children in the church!.

Synonymshush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Narrower (hyponym)calm down, gag, lull, muzzle, shout down, shush


Verb grouphush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten


3. still (emotion) lessen the intensity of or calm

SamplesThe news eased my conscience.
Still the fears.

ExamplesThe good news will still her

Synonymsallay, ease, relieve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comfort, console, solace, soothe

Narrower (hyponym)abreact

4. still (change) make motionless

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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