- 1Not moving or making a sound: the still body of the young man the sheriff commanded him to stand still and drop the gun she sat very still, her eyes closed he lay still, unable to moveMore example sentences
- No one moved, except the town Sheriff who moved towards the still body and checked the pulse.
- He looks as if he would be more at home in the still places of academe than in the hurly-burly of political life.
- When she touched his still body, he opened his eyes.
- 1.1(Of air, water, or the weather) undisturbed by wind, sound, or current; calm and tranquil: her voice carried on the still air a still autumn dayMore example sentences
- The water is perfectly still, with no current, no wind and hardly a ripple for waves.
- The tip of the oar sliced down through the surface of the still water like a knife through smoke.
- Mists condensed in the still air and blurred the vigorous shapes and almost made soft rain.
- 1.2chiefly British (Of a drink) not effervescent.More example sentences
- Visible bubbles in a supposedly still wine are frequently viewed as a fault.
- Just remember to pour only the tiniest amount in each glass - and have plenty of still water on the side.
- The best drinks for children are milk, which contains calcium, and still water.
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- 1 [mass noun] Deep silence and calm; stillness: the still of the nightMore example sentences
- He and friends were fly-fishing for carp in the Mzimvubu River when the still of the day was suddenly overwhelmed by raucous alarm calls of a clearly frightened flock of hadedas, in his words, "shouting and screaming" as they took off.
- 2An ordinary static photograph as opposed to a motion picture, especially a single shot from a cinema film: film stills [as modifier]: stills photographyMore example sentences
- Looking like film noir stills, these photographs were nighttime shots of the actual sites where the fateful encounters between police and civilians occurred.
- Collected photographs, stills, archival film footage, and interview segments all look fine, though some sport more of a worn look than others.
- Also included is a photo gallery of behind the scenes pictures and stills from the film.
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- 1Up to and including the present or the time mentioned; even now (or then) as formerly: he still lives with his mother it was still rainingMore example sentences
- The distinction between real and personal property is an ancient one and is still of importance today.
- Research into questions of this type is still of major importance in combinatorial group theory.
- The Committee members unanimously agreed that they were still of the same mind.
- 1.1Referring to something that will or may happen in the future: we could still winMore example sentences
- He felt compelled to show that China might still have a future as great as her past.
- This is a guide to what has been done so far, as well as what may still change in the future.
- There was still a chance to win the game as there were two more potential matches remaining.
- 2Nevertheless; all the same: I’m afraid he’s crazy. Still, he’s harmlessMore example sentences
- There's a bit of a sour taste in the mouth, but we've still won the war, like we always said we would.
- It was said that he used to cover his eyes when he putted but still he won his share of tournaments.
- But still, having won on a ticket of change, it is clear that change there will have to be.
- 3Even (used with comparatives for emphasis): write, or better still, type, captions for the pictures Hank, already sweltering, began to sweat still more profuselyMore example sentences
- Emphasis on the omnipotence of God is still more pronounced in the writings of William of Ockham.
- But the growth is still much less than last year with prices beginning to level out.
- Worse still, victims of repeated high winds may begin to find it difficult to get any cover at all.
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- Make or become still; quieten: [with object]: she raised her hand, stilling Erica’s protests [no object]: the din in the hall stilledMore example sentences
- Typically, meditation involves sitting still in a quiet atmosphere, stilling the mind, and focusing on an object of meditation - perhaps a candle, a mantra or simply one's own breath.
- No one who saw what happened will ever be able to forget, but the formal silence was a powerful way of stilling the world for a moment and remembering.
- But no, the world was told the next morning that her appearance was a tour de force that somehow stilled all doubts about her candidacy.
still and all
- • informal Nevertheless; even so.More example sentences
- But still and all, we feel that Government should take the NCZ problem more earnestly this time round to ensure that the plant resumes its full production capacity as soon as possible.
- But still and all, it's worth remembering that stakeholder systems have shown promise in the past, not just in theory but in many years of practice.
- An old one, sure, and one with sloppy paint, bald tires, and orange rust chewing at the rocker panels, but still and all, a Cadillac in the attic.
still small voice
- The voice of one’s conscience (with reference to 1 Kings 19:12).More example sentences
- Then, a still small voice, spoke to Charlie's conscience, saying, ‘as a woman thinketh in her heart, so is she.’
- That last piece of advice wasn't from me; it's from the still small voice up in the balcony, someone who may never have the strength to lift a thumb again.
- That God gives us that still small voice that tells us right from wrong and expects our own actions because we have free will and we cooperate and do good and create goodness.
still waters run deep
- • proverb A quiet or placid manner may conceal a passionate nature.More example sentences
- They say still waters run deep, which means a quiet guy has lots on his mind.
- No, not exactly - though, they say still waters run deep.
- He's an example of the saying ‘still waters run deep’.
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- Some of the tones almost end in silence, adding brief moments of stillness and calm.
- Never quiet, it was at least peaceful - until the stillness was shattered by a crack and blast of an explosion.
- Moments of peaceful stillness are a blessed certainty in the face of a day that, like those before it, probably holds no hope.
Old English stille (adjective and adverb), stillan (verb), of West Germanic origin, from a base meaning 'be fixed, stand'.
- An apparatus for distilling alcoholic drinks such as whisky.More example sentences
- The fermented solution is moved into large copper stills for the distilling process.
- After a few years in cask, brandies made from the same type of wine but from different districts within the Cognac region, distilled in the same stills, being matured in the same casks, take on very different characteristics.
- Diageo had a successful single malt on the Spanish market, so successful in fact, that we are led to believe that the stills at the distillery on Speyside could not keep up with sales.
mid 16th century: from the rare verb still 'extract by distillation', shortening of distil.