stilt

Stilts are walking devices that make the person wearing them much taller than usual. When you use stilts, you stand on foot rests and walk along far above the ground.

Stilts are special poles, either for walking tall or for supporting a structure that might otherwise be damaged by water. You can sometimes see people walking on stilts at a circus or parade, and you can see houses on stilts in some beachfront communities. Walking stilts are sometimes also used by workers, including the stilts worn by window washers and fruit farmers.

Definitions of stilt
  1. noun
    one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground
    “he was so tall I thought he was on stilts
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    pole
    a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
  2. noun
    a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    synonyms: pile, piling, spile
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    sheath pile, sheet pile, sheet piling
    a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
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    column, pillar
    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
  3. noun
    long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons
    synonyms: Himantopus stilt, long-legs, longlegs, stilt plover, stiltbird
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    Himantopus mexicanus, black-necked stilt
    stilt of southwestern United States to northern South America having black plumage extending from the head down the back of the neck
    Himantopus himantopus, black-winged stilt
    stilt of Europe and Africa and Asia having mostly white plumage but with black wings
    Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus, white-headed stilt
    stilt of the southwest Pacific including Australia and New Zealand having mostly white plumage but with black wings and nape of neck
    Himantopus novae-zelandiae, kaki
    blackish stilt of New Zealand sometimes considered a color phase of the white-headed stilt
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    limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird
    any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
  4. noun
    long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australia
    synonyms: Australian stilt
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    Cladorhyncus leucocephalum, banded stilt
    web-footed Australian stilt with reddish-brown pectoral markings
    type of:
    limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird
    any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
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