Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ See Squiery
.] The body of squires, collectively considered; squirarchy.
The flower of chivalry and squiry . Ld. Berbers.
Squitch grass (Botany) Quitch grass.
Squitee noun [ From the N. American Indian name.] (Zoology) The squeteague; -- called also squit .
Stab transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stabbed
; present participle & verbal noun Stabbing
.] [ Confer OD. staven
to fix, fasten, from stave
, a staff, rod; akin to German stab
a staff, stick, English staff
; also Gael. stob
to stab, as noun , a stake, a stub. Confer Staff
.] 1. To pierce with a pointed weapon; to wound or kill by the thrust of a pointed instrument; as, to stab a man with a dagger; also, to thrust; as, to stab a dagger into a person. 2. Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.
Stab intransitive verb 1. To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon.
None shall dare Dryden. 2. To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon.
With shortened sword to stab in closer war.
She speaks poniards, and every word stabs . Shak. To stab at
, to offer or threaten to stab; to thrust a pointed weapon at.
1. The thrust of a pointed weapon. 2. A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon; as, to fall by the stab an assassin. Shak. 3. Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly; as, a stab given to character.
Stab culture (Bacteriol.) A culture made by inoculating a solid medium, as gelatin, with the puncture of a needle or wire. The growths are usually of characteristic form.
[ Latin , the mother was standing.] A celebrated Latin hymn, beginning with these words, commemorating the sorrows of the mother of our Lord at the foot of the cross. It is read in the Mass of the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, and is sung by Catholics when making "the way of the cross" ( Via Crucis ). See Station , 7 (c) .
1. One who, or that which, stabs; a privy murderer. 2. (Nautical) A small marline spike; a pricker.
Stabbingly adverb By stabbing; with intent to injure covertly. Bp. Parker.
[ Latin stabilimentum
, from stabilire
to make firm ir stable, from stabilis
. See Stable
] The act of making firm; firm support; establishment.
[ R.] Jer. taylor.
They serve for stabiliment , propagation, and shade. Derham.
Stabilitate transitive verb [ Late Latin stabilitatus , past participle of stabilitare to make stable.] To make stable; to establish. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
[ Latin stabilitas
; confer French stabilité
. See Stable
] 1. The state or quality of being stable, or firm; steadiness; firmness; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown; as, the stability of a structure; the stability of a throne or a constitution. 2. Steadiness or firmness of character, firmness of resolution or purpose; the quality opposite to fickleness , irresolution , or inconstancy ; constancy; steadfastness; as, a man of little stability , or of unusual stability . 3. Fixedness; -- as opposed to fluidity .
Since fluidness and stability are contary qualities. Boyle. Syn.
-- Steadiness; stableness; constancy; immovability; firmness.
[ Middle English estable
, French stable
, from Latin stabilis
, from stare
to stand. See Stand
, intransitive verb
and confer Establish
.] 1. Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government.
In this region of chance, . . . where nothing is stable . Rogers. 2. Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering; as, a man of stable character.
And to her husband ever meek and stable . Chaucer. 3. Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm; as, a stable foundation; a stable position. Stable equibrium (Mech.)
, the kind of equilibrium of a body so placed that if disturbed it returns to its former position, as in the case when the center of gravity is below the point or axis of support; -- opposed to unstable equilibrium , in which the body if disturbed does not tend to return to its former position, but to move farther away from it, as in the case of a body supported at a point below the center of gravity. Confer Neutral equilibrium , under Neutral . Syn.
-- Fixed; steady; constant; abiding; strong; durable; firm.
Stable transitive verb To fix; to establish. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Old French estable
, French étable
, from Latin stabulum
, from stare
to stand. See Stand
, intransitive verb
] A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable ; a cow stable . Milton. Stable fly (Zoology)
, a common dipterous fly ( Stomoxys calcitrans ) which is abundant about stables and often enters dwellings, especially in autumn. These files, unlike the common house files, which they resemble, bite severely, and are troublesome to horses and cattle.
Stable transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stabled
; present participle & verbal noun Stabling
.] To put or keep in a stable.
Stable intransitive verb To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel. Milton.
Stable adjective (Physics) So placed as to resist forces tending to cause motion; of such structure as to resist distortion or molecular or chemical disturbance; -- said of any body or substance.
Stable stand (O.Eng. Law) The position of a man who is found at his standing in the forest, with a crossbow or a longbow bent, ready to shoot at a deer, or close by a tree with greyhounds in a leash ready to slip; -- one of the four presumptions that a man intends stealing the king's deer. Wharton.
Stableboy, Stableman noun A boy or man who attends in a stable; a groom; a hostler.
Stableness noun The quality or state of being stable, or firmly established; stability.
Stabler noun A stable keeper. De Foe.
1. The act or practice of keeping horses and cattle in a stable. 2. A building, shed, or room for horses and cattle.
Stablish transitive verb [ Aphetic form of establish .] To settle permanently in a state; to make firm; to establish; to fix. [ Obsolete] 2 Sam. vii. 13.
Stablishment noun Establishment. [ Obsolete]
Stably adverb In a stable manner; firmly; fixedly; steadily; as, a government stably settled.
[ Latin stabulatio
, from stabulari
to stable cattle, from stabulum
. See Stable
] 1. The act of stabling or housing beasts. 2. A place for lodging beasts; a stable.
[ Italian , past participle of staccere
, equivalent to distaccare
. See Detach
.] 1. (Mus.) Disconnected; separated; distinct; -- a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short, distinct, and pointed manner. It is opposed to legato , and often indicated by heavy accents written over or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic. 2. Expressed in a brief, pointed manner.
Staccato and peremptory [ literary criticism]. G. Eliot.
[ Icelandic stakkr
; akin to Swedish stack
, Danish stak
. Sf. Stake
.] 1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch.
But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack . Cowper. 2. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height. Bacon. 3. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.
[ Eng.] 4. (Architecture) (a) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence: (b) Any single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke; as, the brick smoke stack of a factory; the smoke stack of a steam vessel. Stack of arms (Mil.)
, a number of muskets or rifles set up together, with the bayonets crossing one another, forming a sort of conical self-supporting pile.
Stack transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stacked
; present participle & verbal noun Stacking
.] [ Confer Swedish stacka
, Danish stakke
. See Stack
] To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile; as, to stack hay, cornstalks, or grain; to stack or place wood. To stack arms (Mil.)
, to set up a number of muskets or rifles together, with the bayonets crossing one another, and forming a sort of conical pile.
Stack-guard noun A covering or protection, as a canvas, for a stack.
1. Hay, gray, or the like, in stacks; things stacked. [ R.] 2. A tax on things stacked. [ R.] Holinshed.
Stacket noun [ Confer French estacade and English stockade .] (Mil.) A stockade. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
Stacking adjective & noun from Stack . Stacking band
, Stacking belt
, a band or rope used in binding thatch or straw upon a stack.
-- Stacking stage
, a stage used in building stacks.
Stackstand noun A staging for supporting a stack of hay or grain; a rickstand.
Stackyard noun A yard or inclosure for stacks of hay or grain. A. Smith.
Stacte noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., strictly fem. of ... cozing out in drops, from ... to drop.] One of the sweet spices used by the ancient Jews in the preparation of incense. It was perhaps an oil or other form of myrrh or cinnamon, or a kind of storax. Ex. xxx. 34.
[ Anglo-Saxon staðol
, a foundation, firm seat; akin to English stand
. √163. See Stand
, intransitive verb
] [ Formerly written stadle
.] 1. Anything which serves for support; a staff; a prop; a crutch; a cane.
His weak steps governing Spenser. 2. The frame of a stack of hay or grain.
And aged limbs on cypress stadle stout.
[ Eng.] 3. A row of dried or drying hay, etc.
[ Eng.] 4. A small tree of any kind, especially a forest tree.
» In America, trees are called staddles
from the time that they are three or four years old till they are six or eight inches in diameter, or more. This is also the sense in which the word is used by Bacon and Tusser.
Staddle transitive verb
1. To leave the staddles, or saplings, of, as a wood when it is cut. [ R.] Tusser. 2. To form into staddles, as hay. [ Eng.]
Stade noun [ Confer French stade .] A stadium. Donne.
Stade noun [ Confer German gestade shore.] A landing place or wharf. Knight.
Stadia hairs, wires (Surv.) In a theodolite, etc., horizontal cross wires or hairs equidistant from the central horizontal cross wire.
Stadimeter noun [ Stadium + -meter .] A horizontal graduated bar mounted on a staff, used as a stadium, or telemeter, for measuring distances.
; plural Stadia
. [ Latin , a stadium (in sense 1), from Greek ....] 1. A Greek measure of length, being the chief one used for itinerary distances, also adopted by the Romans for nautical and astronomical measurements. It was equal to 600 Greek or 625 Roman feet, or 125 Roman paces, or to 606 feet 9 inches English. This was also called the Olympic stadium , as being the exact length of the foot-race course at Olympia. Dr. W. Smith. 2. Hence, a race course; especially, the Olympic course for foot races. 3. A kind of telemeter for measuring the distance of an object of known dimensions, by observing the angle it subtends; especially (Surveying) , a graduated rod used to measure the distance of the place where it stands from an instrument having a telescope, by observing the number of the graduations of the rod that are seen between certain parallel wires ( stadia wires ) in the field of view of the telescope; -- also called stadia , and stadia rod .
Stadium noun A modern structure, with its inclosure, resembling the ancient stadium, used for athletic games, etc.
Stadtholder noun [ Dutch stadhouder ; stad a city, a town + houder a holder.] Formerly, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of Holland; also, the governor or lieutenant governor of a province.
Stadtholderate, Stadtholdership noun The office or position of a stadtholder.
[ Confer German stafette
. See Estafet
.] An estafet.
[ R.] arlyle.