Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Stethoscope (stĕth"o*skōp) noun [ Greek sth^qos the breast + - scope : confer French stéthoscope .] (Medicine) An instrument used in auscultation for examining the organs of the chest, as the heart and lungs, by conveying to the ear of the examiner the sounds produced in the thorax.
Stethoscope transitive verb To auscultate, or examine, with a stethoscope. M. W. Savage.
Stethoscopic, Stethoscopical adjective [ Confer French stéthoscopique .] Of or pertaining to a stethoscope; obtained or made by means of a stethoscope. -- Steth`o*scop"ic*al*ly , adverb
Stethoscopist noun One skilled in the use of the stethoscope.
Stethoscopy noun The art or process of examination by the stethoscope.
Steve transitive verb
[ See Stevedore
.] To pack or stow, as cargo in a ship's hold. See Steeve .
[ Spanish estivador
a packer, a stower, from estivar
to pack, to stow, Latin stipare
to press, compress, probably akin to English stiff
. See Stiff
to stuff.] One whose occupation is to load and unload vessels in port; one who stows a cargo in a hold.
[ Anglo-Saxon stefn
, voice; akin to Dutch stem
, German stimme
, Goth. stibna
.] 1. Voice; speech; language.
[ Obsolete or Scot.]
Ye have as merry a steven Chaucer. 2. An outcry; a loud call; a clamor.
As any angel hath that is in heaven.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. To set steven
, to make an appointment.
They setten steven for to meet Chaucer.
To playen at the dice.
[ Confer Stow
.] 1. A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a vivarium.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer. Evelyn. 2. An artificial bed of oysters.
[ Local, U.S.]
Stew transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stewed
; present participle & verbal noun Stewing
.] [ Middle English stuven
, Old French estuver
, French étuver
, from Old French estuve
, French étuve
, a sweating house, a room heated for a bath; probably of Teutonic origin, and akin to English stove
. See Stove
, and confer Stive
to stew.] To boil slowly, or with the simmering or moderate heat; to seethe; to cook in a little liquid, over a gentle fire, without boiling; as, to stew meat; to stew oysters; to stew apples.
Stew intransitive verb To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture.
[ Middle English stue
, Old French estuve
. See Stew
, transitive verb
] 1. A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse.
As burning Ætna from his boiling stew Spenser.
Doth belch out flames.
The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any armor, and give themselves to baths and stews . Abp. Abbot. 2. A brothel; -- usually in the plural. Bacon. South.
There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews . Aschman. 3. A prostitute.
[ Obsolete] Sir A. Weldon. 4. A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stew of pigeons. 5. A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a stew .
[ Middle English stiward
, Anglo-Saxon stīweard
, literally, a sty ward; stigu
sty + weard
warden, guardian, -- his first duty having been probably to attend to the domestic animals. √164. See Sty
pen for swine, Ward
.] 1. A man employed in a large family, or on a large estate, to manage the domestic concerns, supervise other servants, collect the rents or income, keep accounts, and the like.
Worthy to be stewards of rent and land. Chaucer.
They came near to the steward of Joseph's house. Gen. xliii. 19.
As good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Pet. iv. 10. 2. A person employed in a hotel, or a club, or on board a ship, to provide for the table, superintend the culinary affairs, etc. In naval vessels, the captain's steward , wardroom steward , steerage steward , warrant officers steward , etc., are petty officers who provide for the messes under their charge. 3. A fiscal agent of certain bodies; as, a steward in a Methodist church. 4. In some colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the kitchen; also, an officer who attends to the accounts of the students. 5. In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands. Erskine. Lord high steward
, formerly, the first officer of the crown; afterward, an officer occasionally appointed, as for a coronation, or upon the trial of a peer.
Steward transitive verb To manage as a steward. [ Obsolete]
Stewardess noun A female steward; specifically, a woman employed in passenger vessels to attend to the wants of female passengers.
Stewardly adverb In a manner, or with the care, of a steward.
To be stewardly dispensed, not wastefully spent. Tooker.
Stewardship noun The office of a steward. Shak.
1. An overseer or superintendent. [ R.] "The stewartry of provisions." Tooke. 2. The office of a steward; stewardship. [ R.] Byron. 3. In Scotland, the jurisdiction of a steward; also, the lands under such jurisdiction.
Stewish adjective Suiting a stew, or brothel. Bp. Hall.
Stewpan noun A pan used for stewing.
Stewpot noun A pot used for stewing.
[ Greek ... strength: confer French sthénique
.] (Medicine) Strong; active; -- said especially of morbid states attended with excessive action of the heart and blood vessels, and characterized by strength and activity of the muscular and nervous system; as, a sthenic fever. Sthenic theory
. See Stimulism (a) .
Stiacciato noun [ Italian , crushed, flattened.] (Sculp.) The lowest relief, -- often used in Italian sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Stian noun A sty on the eye. See Styan .
Stibborn adjective Stubborn. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Stibium
.] Like, or having the qualities of, antimony; antimonial.
Stibialism noun (Medicine) Antimonial intoxication or poisoning. Dunglison.
[ New Latin stibiatus
, from Latin stibium
antimony.] (Med. Chem.) Combined or impregnated with antimony ( stibium ). Stibiated tartar
. See Tartar emetic , under Tartar .
Stibic adjective (Chemistry) Antimonic; -- used with reference to certain compounds of antimony.
Stibiconite noun (Min.) A native oxide of antimony occurring in masses of a yellow color.
Stibine noun (Chemistry) Antimony hydride, or hydrogen antimonide, a colorless gas produced by the action of nascent hydrogen on antimony. It has a characteristic odor and burns with a characteristic greenish flame. Formerly called also antimoniureted hydrogen .
Stibious adjective (Chemistry) Antimonious. [ R.]
Stibium noun [ Latin stibium , stibi , Greek ..., ....]
1. (Chemistry) The technical name of antimony. 2. (Min.) Stibnite. [ Obsolete]
Stibnite noun (Min.) A mineral of a lead-gray color and brilliant metallic luster, occurring in prismatic crystals; sulphide of antimony; -- called also antimony glance , and gray antimony .
Stibonium noun (Chemistry) The hypothetical radical SbH 4 , analogous to ammonium; -- called also antimonium .
Sticcado noun [ Confer Italian steccato a palisade.] (Mus.) An instrument consisting of small bars of wood, flat at the bottom and rounded at the top, and resting on the edges of a kind of open box. They are unequal in size, gradually increasing from the smallest to the largest, and are tuned to the diatonic scale. The tones are produced by striking the pieces of wood with hard balls attached to flexible sticks.
Stich noun [ Greek sti`chos a row, line, akin to to go, march, English sty , v.i.]
1. A verse, of whatever measure or number of feet. 2. A line in the Scriptures; specifically (Hebrew Scriptures) , one of the rhythmic lines in the poetical books and passages of the Old Treatment, as written in the oldest Hebrew manuscripts and in the Revised Version of the English Bible. 3. A row, line, or rank of trees.
Stichic adjective [ Greek stichiko`s .] Of or pertaining to stichs, or lines; consisting of stichs, or lines. [ R.]
; plural Stichida
. [ New Latin , from Greek ..., dim. of ... a row.] (Botany) A special podlike or fusiform branch containing tetraspores. It is found in certain red algæ.
Stichomancy noun [ Greek ... a line + -mancy .] Divination by lines, or passages of books, taken at hazard.
Stichometrical adjective Of or pertaining to stichometry; characterized by stichs, or lines.
Stichometry noun [ Greek ... a line + -metry .]
1. Measurement of books by the number of lines which they contain. 2. Division of the text of a book into lines; especially, the division of the text of books into lines accommodated to the sense, -- a method of writing manuscripts used before punctuation was adopted.
Stichwort noun (Botany) A kind of chickweed ( Stellaria Holostea ). [ Written also stitchwort .]
[ Middle English sticke
, Anglo-Saxon sticca
; akin to stician
to stab, prick, pierce, German stecken
a stick, staff, Old High German steccho
, Icelandic stik
a stick. See Stick
, transitive verb
.] 1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber.
Withered sticks to gather, which might serve Milton. 2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick . 3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax. 4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick ; a poor stick .
Against a winter's day.
[ Colloq.] 5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing . It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used. 6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab. A stick of eels
, twenty-five eels.
[ Prov. Eng.] -- Stick chimney
, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses.
[ U.S.] -- Stick insect
, any one of various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidæ , which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they live. The common American species is Diapheromera femorata . Some of the Asiatic species are more than a foot long.
-- To cut one's stick
, or To cut stick
, to run away.
[ Slang] De Quincey.
Stick transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stuck
); present participle & verbal noun Sticking
.] [ Middle English stikien
, v.t. & i., combined with steken
, whence English stuck
), Anglo-Saxon stician
, v.t. & i., and (assumed) stecan
, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka
, Old Saxon stekan
, Old High German stehhan
, German stechen
, and to Greek ... to prick, Sanskrit tij
to be sharp. Confer Distinguish
in sewing, Style
for or in writing.] 1. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
And sticked him with bodkins anon. Chaucer.
It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray. Sir W. Scott. 2. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
Thou stickest a dagger in me. Shak. 3. To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew. Shak.
The points of spears are stuck within the shield. Dryden. 4. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth. 5. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards. 6. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork. 7. To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner. 8. (Print.) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
[ Cant] 9. (Joinery) To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck . 10. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
[ Colloq.] 11. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
[ Slang] To stick out
, to cause to project or protrude; to render prominent.
Stick intransitive verb 1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh . Bacon. 2. To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. xviii. 24.
I am a kind of bur; I shall stick . Shak.
If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown, Young. 3. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
'T will ever stick through malice of your own.
I had most need of blessing, and "Amen" Shak.
Stuck in my throat.
The trembling weapon passed Dryden. 4. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at .
Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the last.
They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas. Locke.
Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will. Arbuthnot. 5. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable. Swift. To stick by
. (a) To adhere closely to; to be firm in supporting
. "We are your only friends; stick by
us, and we will stick by
you." Davenant. (b) To be troublesome by adhering.
"I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by
-- To stick out
. (a) To project; to be prominent.
"His bones that were not seen stick out
." Job xxxiii. 21. (b) To persevere in a purpose; to hold out; as, the garrison stuck out until relieved.
[ Colloq.] -- To stick to
, to be persevering in holding to; as, to stick to a party or cause.
"The advantage will be on our side if we stick to
its essentials." Addison.
-- To stick up
, to stand erect; as, his hair sticks up .
-- To stick up for
, to assert and defend; as, to stick up for one's rights or for a friend.
[ Colloq.] -- To stick upon
, to dwell upon; not to forsake.
"If the matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and stick upon
it with labor and thought." Locke.
And in the sand her ship sticked so fast. Chaucer.
They sticked not to give their bodies to be burnt. Sir T. Browne.
Sticker noun 1. One who, or that which, sticks; as, a bill sticker . 2. That which causes one to stick; that which puzzles or poses.
[ Colloq.] Tackeray. 3. (Mus.) In the organ, a small wooden rod which connects (in part) a key and a pallet, so as to communicate motion by pushing. 4. Same as Paster , 2.
[ Political Cant, U.S.]
; plural Stickfuls (Print.) As much set type as fills a composing stick.