Still - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɪl|  American pronunciation of the word still
Brit.  |stɪl|  British pronunciation of the word still


- a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
he wanted some stills for a magazine ad
- (poetic) tranquil silence (syn: hush, stillness)
the still of the night
- 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
- a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation (syn: distillery)


- make calm or still (syn: calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, tranquilize, tranquillize)
- cause to be quiet or not talk (syn: hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence)
- lessen the intensity of or calm (syn: allay, ease, relieve)
still the fears
- make motionless


- not in physical motion (syn: inactive, motionless, static)
- marked by absence of sound (syn: silent, soundless)
the night was still
- (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves (syn: placid, quiet, smooth, tranquil, unruffled)
scarcely a ripple on the still water
- free from noticeable current
a still pond
still waters run deep


- with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation
it's still warm outside
will you still love me when we're old and grey?
- despite anything to the contrary (usually preceding a concession) (syn: however, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, withal, yet)
granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go
- to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons (syn: even, yet)
an even (or still) more interesting problem
still another problem must be solved
- without moving or making a sound (syn: stock-still)
he sat still as a statue
time stood still
they waited stock-still outside the door
he couldn't hold still any longer

Extra examples

The cat twitched slightly, and then was still.

Everyone had left, and the house was finally still.

A class in still photography

They had still and fizzy drinks.

Sit still. It'll just take a minute.

No murmur waked the solemn still, save tinkling of a mountain rill.

The hot sun had stilled the water.

She was still beautiful.

They are still to be seen.

I still haven't finished painting the spare room.

Do you still have Julie's phone number?

Clare didn't do much work, but she still passed the exam.

The hotel was terrible. Still, we were lucky with the weather.

We stood still and watched as the deer came closer.

Keep still while I tie your shoe.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: still
he/she/it: stills
present participle: stilling
past tense: stilled
past participle: stilled
singular: still
plural: stills
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