still

If something is quiet and calm, it's still. After the noise of the city, it's peaceful to go camping in the woods where everything is still.

Things that are tranquil are still, like the calm surface of a lake or a sleeping baby. If you stand still, you freeze in place. Another meaning of still is an individual shot from a movie, an unmoving snapshot of a single scene. When still is an adverb, it means even now, like when you say you still love an old song or you still remember the kindness of your kindergarten teacher.

Primary Meanings of still

1.
adjv
not in physical motion
make calm or still
2.
adjn
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
a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
3.
adjnadvv
marked by absence of sound
(poetic) tranquil silence
without moving or making a sound
cause to be quiet or not talk
4.
adj
not sparkling
5.
n
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
6.
adv
with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation
7.
adv
to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons
Full Definitions of still
1

adj not in physical motion

Synonyms:
inactive, motionless, static
nonmoving, unmoving
not in motion

adj (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

“scarcely a ripple on the still water”
Synonyms:
placid, quiet, smooth, tranquil, unruffled
calm
(of weather) free from storm or wind

adj free from noticeable current

“a still pond”
still waters run deep”
Synonyms:
standing
(of fluids) not moving or flowing

v make calm or still

Synonyms:
calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
Antonyms:
agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
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lull
calm by deception
compose
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
Type of:
comfort, console, solace, soothe
give moral or emotional strength to

v lessen the intensity of or calm

still the fears”
Synonyms:
allay, ease, relieve
Types:
abreact
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
Type of:
comfort, console, solace, soothe
give moral or emotional strength to

v make motionless

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
2

adj 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

“a still photograph”
“Cezanne's still life of apples”
Antonyms:
moving
used of a series of photographs presented so as to create the illusion of motion
animated
made to appear to move as living creatures do
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n a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)

“he wanted some stills for a magazine ad”
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
3

adj marked by absence of sound

“the night was still
Synonyms:
silent, soundless
quiet
free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

n (poetic) tranquil silence

“the still of the night”
Synonyms:
hush, stillness
Type of:
quiet, silence
the absence of sound

adv without moving or making a sound

“he sat still as a statue”
“time stood still
“they waited stock- still outside the door”
“he couldn't hold still any longer”
Synonyms:
stock-still

v cause to be quiet or not talk

Synonyms:
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence
hush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten
become quiet or quieter
Antonyms:
louden
cause to become loud
louden
become louder
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shush
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority
4

adj not sparkling

“a still wine”
still mineral water”
Synonyms:
noneffervescent
Antonyms:
effervescent, sparkling
used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide
5

n 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

Types:
Coffey still
a still consisting of an apparatus for the fractional distillation of ethanol from fermentation on an industrial scale
Type of:
apparatus, setup
equipment designed to serve a specific function

n a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation

Synonyms:
distillery
Types:
wine maker, winery
distillery where wine is made
Type of:
industrial plant, plant, works
buildings for carrying on industrial labor
6

adv 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?”
Antonyms:
no longer, no more
not now

adv despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)

7

adv to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons

still another problem must be solved”
Synonyms:
even, yet

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