Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Stop-gap noun That which closes or fills up an opening or gap; hence, a temporary expedient.

Moral prejudices are the stop-gaps of virtue.

Stop-over adjective Permitting one to stop over; as, a stop-over check or ticket. See To stop over , under Stop , intransitive verb [ Railroad Cant, U.S.]

Stop-over noun Act or privilege of stopping over. [ Cant]

Stope noun [ Confer Step , noun & intransitive verb ] (Mining) A horizontal working forming one of a series, the working faces of which present the appearance of a flight of steps.

Stope transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Stoped ; present participle & verbal noun Stoping .] (Mining) (a) To excavate in the form of stopes. (b) To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.

Stope, Stopen past participle of Step . Stepped; gone; advanced. [ Obsolete]

A poor widow, somedeal stope in age.

Stoping noun (Mining) The act of excavating in the form of stopes.

Stopless adjective Not to be stopped. Davenant.

Stoppage noun The act of stopping, or arresting progress, motion, or action; also, the state of being stopped; as, the stoppage of the circulation of the blood; the stoppage of commerce.

Stopped adjective (Phonetics) Made by complete closure of the mouth organs; shut; -- said of certain consonants ( p , b , t , d , etc.). H. Sweet.

Stopper noun
1. One who stops, closes, shuts, or hinders; that which stops or obstructs; that which closes or fills a vent or hole in a vessel.

2. (Nautical) A short piece of rope having a knot at one or both ends, with a lanyard under the knot, -- used to secure something. Totten.

3. (Botany) A name to several trees of the genus Eugenia, found in Florida and the West Indies; as, the red stopper . See Eugenia . C. S. Sargent.

Ring stopper (Nautical) , a short rope or chain passing through the anchor ring, to secure the anchor to the cathead. -- Stopper bolt (Nautical) , a large ringbolt in a ship's deck, to which the deck stoppers are hooked.

Stopper transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Stoppered ; present participle & verbal noun Stoppering .] To close or secure with a stopper.

Stopping noun
1. Material for filling a cavity.

2. (Mining) A partition or door to direct or prevent a current of air.

3. (Far.) A pad or poultice of dung or other material applied to a horse's hoof to keep it moist. Youatt.

Stopping-out noun A method adopted in etching, to keep the acid from those parts which are already sufficiently corroded, by applying varnish or other covering matter with a brush, but allowing the acid to act on the other parts.

Stopple noun [ Confer German stöpfel , stöpsel . See Stop , noun & transitive verb ] That which stops or closes the mouth of a vessel; a stopper; as, a glass stopple ; a cork stopple .

Stopple transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Stoppled ; present participle & verbal noun Stoppling .] To close the mouth of anything with a stopple, or as with a stopple. Cowper.

Stopship noun (Zoology) A remora. It was fabled to stop ships by attaching itself to them. Sylvester.

Stor adjective See Stoor . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Storage noun
1. The act of depositing in a store or warehouse for safe keeping; also, the safe keeping of goods in a warehouse.

2. Space for the safe keeping of goods.

3. The price changed for keeping goods in a store.

Storage battery . (Physics) See the Note under Battery .

Storax noun [ Latin storax , styrax , Greek .... Confer Styrax .] Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family. The most common of these is liquid storax , a brown or gray semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine as an expectorant.

» A yellow aromatic honeylike substance, resembling, and often confounded with, storax, is obtained from the American sweet gum tree ( Liquidambar styraciflua ), and is much used as a chewing gum, called sweet gum , and liquid storax . Confer Liquidambar .

Store noun [ Middle English stor , stoor , Old French estor , provisions, supplies, from estorer to store. See Store , transitive verb ]
1. That which is accumulated, or massed together; a source from which supplies may be drawn; hence, an abundance; a great quantity, or a great number.

The ships are fraught with store of victuals.

With store of ladies, whose bright eyes
Rain influence, and give the prize.

2. A place of deposit for goods, esp. for large quantities; a storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine.

3. Any place where goods are sold, whether by wholesale or retail; a shop. [ U.S. & British Colonies]

4. plural Articles, especially of food, accumulated for some specific object; supplies, as of provisions, arms, ammunition, and the like; as, the stores of an army, of a ship, of a family.

His swine, his horse, his stoor , and his poultry.

In store , in a state of accumulation; in keeping; hence, in a state of readiness. "I have better news in store for thee." Shak. -- Store clothes , clothing purchased at a shop or store; -- in distinction from that which is home-made . [ Colloq. U.S.] -- Store pay , payment for goods or work in articles from a shop or store, instead of money. [ U.S.] -- To set store by , to value greatly; to have a high appreciation of. -- To tell no store of , to make no account of; to consider of no importance.

Syn. -- Fund; supply; abundance; plenty; accumulation; provision. -- Store , Shop . The English call the place where goods are sold (however large or splendid it may be) a shop , and confine the word store to its original meaning; viz., a warehouse, or place where goods are stored . In America the word store is applied to all places, except the smallest, where goods are sold. In some British colonies the word store is used as in the United States.

In his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuffed, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes.

Sulphurous and nitrous foam, . . .
Concocted and adjusted, they reduced
To blackest grain, and into store conveyed.

Store adjective Accumulated; hoarded. Bacon.

Store transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Stored ; present participle & verbal noun Storing .] [ Middle English storen , Old French estorer to construct, restore, store, Late Latin staurare , for Latin instaurare to renew, restore; in + staurare (in comp.) Confer Instore , Instaurate , Restore , Story a floor.]
1. To collect as a reserved supply; to accumulate; to lay away.

Dora stored what little she could save.

2. To furnish; to supply; to replenish; esp., to stock or furnish against a future time.

Her mind with thousand virtues stored .

Wise Plato said the world with men was stored .

Having stored a pond of four acres with carps, tench, and other fish.
Sir M. Hale.

3. To deposit in a store, warehouse, or other building, for preservation; to warehouse; as, to store goods.

Stored adjective Collected or accumulated as a reserve supply; as, stored electricity.

It is charged with stored virtue.

Storehouse noun
1. A building for keeping goods of any kind, especially provisions; a magazine; a repository; a warehouse.

Joseph opened all the storehouses , and sold unto Egyptians.
Gen. xli. 56.

The Scripture of God is a storehouse abounding with estimable treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

2. A mass or quality laid up. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Storekeeper noun
1. A man in charge of stores or goods of any kind; as, a naval storekeeper .

2. One who keeps a "store;" a shopkeeper. See 1st Store , 3. [ U. S.]

Storer noun One who lays up or forms a store.

Storeroom noun Room in a storehouse or repository; a room in which articles are stored.

Storeship noun A vessel used to carry naval stores for a fleet, garrison, or the like.

Storey noun See Story .

Storge noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ..., to love.] Parental affection; the instinctive affection which animals have for their young.

Storial adjective Historical. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Storied adjective [ From Story .]
1. Told in a story.

2. Having a history; interesting from the stories which pertain to it; venerable from the associations of the past.

Some greedy minion, or imperious wife,
The trophied arches, storied halls, invade.

Can storied urn, or animated bust,
Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?

3. Having (such or so many) stories; -- chiefly in composition; as, a two- storied house.

Storier noun A relater of stories; an historian. [ Obsolete] Bp. Peacock.

Storify transitive verb [ Story + -fy .] To form or tell stories of; to narrate or describe in a story. [ Obsolete]

Stork noun [ Anglo-Saxon storc ; akin to German storch , Old High German storah , Icelandic storkr , Dan. & Swedish stork , and perhaps to Greek ... a vulture.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of large wading birds of the family Ciconidæ , having long legs and a long, pointed bill. They are found both in the Old World and in America, and belong to Ciconia and several allied genera. The European white stork ( Ciconia alba ) is the best known. It commonly makes its nests on the top of a building, a chimney, a church spire, or a pillar. The black stork ( C. nigra ) is native of Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Black-necked stork , the East Indian jabiru. -- Hair-crested stork , the smaller adjutant of India ( Leptoptilos Javanica ). -- Giant stork , the adjutant. -- Marabou stork . See Marabou . -- Saddle-billed stork, the African jabiru. See Jabiru . -- Stork's bill (Botany) , any plant of the genus Pelargonium ; -- so called in allusion to the beaklike prolongation of the axis of the receptacle of its flower. See Pelargonium .

Stork-billed adjective Having a bill like that of the stork.

Storm noun [ Anglo-Saxon storm ; akin to Dutch storm , German sturm , Icelandic stormr ; and perhaps to Greek ... assault, onset, Sanskrit s... to flow, to hasten, or perhaps to Latin sternere to strew, prostrate (cf. Stratum ). √166.]
1. A violent disturbance of the atmosphere, attended by wind, rain, snow, hail, or thunder and lightning; hence, often, a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, whether accompanied with wind or not.

We hear this fearful tempest sing,
Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm .

2. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; sedition, insurrection, or war; violent outbreak; clamor; tumult.

I will stir up in England some black storm .

Her sister
Began to scold and raise up such a storm .

3. A heavy shower or fall, any adverse outburst of tumultuous force; violence.

A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.

4. (Mil.) A violent assault on a fortified place; a furious attempt of troops to enter and take a fortified place by scaling the walls, forcing the gates, or the like.

» Storm is often used in the formation of self- explained compounds; as, storm -presaging, storm proof, storm -tossed, and the like.

Magnetic storm . See under Magnetic . -- Storm-and-stress period [ a translation of German sturm und drang periode ], a designation given to the literary agitation and revolutionary development in Germany under the lead of Goethe and Schiller in the latter part of the 18th century. -- Storm center (Meteorol.) , the center of the area covered by a storm, especially by a storm of large extent. -- Storm door (Architecture) , an extra outside door to prevent the entrance of wind, cold, rain, etc.; -- usually removed in summer. -- Storm path (Meteorol.) , the course over which a storm, or storm center, travels. -- Storm petrel . (Zoology) See Stormy petrel , under Petrel . -- Storm sail (Nautical) , any one of a number of strong, heavy sails that are bent and set in stormy weather. -- Storm scud . See the Note under Cloud .

Syn. -- Tempest; violence; agitation; calamity. -- Storm , Tempest . Storm is violent agitation, a commotion of the elements by wind, etc., but not necessarily implying the fall of anything from the clouds. Hence, to call a mere fall or rain without wind a storm is a departure from the true sense of the word. A tempest is a sudden and violent storm, such as those common on the coast of Italy, where the term originated, and is usually attended by a heavy rain, with lightning and thunder.

Storms beat, and rolls the main;
O! beat those storms , and roll the seas, in vain.

What at first was called a gust, the same
Hath now a storm's , anon a tempest's name.

Storm transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Stormed ; present participle & verbal noun Storming .] (Mil.) To assault; to attack, and attempt to take, by scaling walls, forcing gates, breaches, or the like; as, to storm a fortified town.

Storm intransitive verb [ Confer Anglo-Saxon styrman .]
1. To raise a tempest. Spenser.

2. To blow with violence; also, to rain, hail, snow, or the like, usually in a violent manner, or with high wind; -- used impersonally; as, it storms .

3. To rage; to be in a violent passion; to fume.

The master storms , the lady scolds.

Storm noun -- Anticyclonic storm (Meteor.) , a storm characterized by a central area of high atmospheric pressure, and having a system of winds blowing spirally outward in a direction contrary to that cyclonic storms. It is attended by low temperature, dry air, infrequent precipitation, and often by clear sky. Called also high- area storm , anticyclone . When attended by high winds, snow, and freezing temperatures such storms have various local names, as blizzard , wet norther , purga , buran , etc. -- Cyclonic storm . (Meteor.) A cyclone, or low-area storm. See Cyclone , above.

Storm-beat adjective Beaten, injured, or impaired by storms. Spenser.

Stormcock noun (Zoology) (a) The missel thrush. (b) The fieldfare. (c) The green woodpecker.

Stormfinch noun (Zoology) The storm petrel.

Stormful adjective Abounding with storms. "The stormful east." Carlyle. -- Storm"ful*ness , noun

Stormglass noun A glass vessel, usually cylindrical, filled with a solution which is sensitive to atmospheric changes, indicating by a clouded appearance, rain, snow, etc., and by clearness, fair weather.

Stormily adverb In a stormy manner.

Storminess noun The state of being stormy; tempestuousness; biosteruousness; impetuousness.

Storming adjective & noun from Storm , v.

Storming party (Mil.) , a party assigned to the duty of making the first assault in storming a fortress.

Stormless adjective Without storms. Tennyson.