An arrangement of steps that allows people but not animals to climb over a fence or wall.
- I climbed a stile, stepped onto uneven turf and followed what I thought must be the route of the footpath I identified.
- Carry on along a cut path through long grass and, just before Hole House, take a step stile over the wall, now on your left.
- Climb a fence stile at the top of the ridge and the summit of Sour Howes lies ahead.
Old English stigel, from a Germanic root meaning 'to climb'.
A vertical piece in the frame of a paneled door or sash window. Compare with rail1 (sense 3) of the noun).
- Remove the rails (the horizontal pieces of the face frame) and bring the stiles (the vertical pieces) together and mark them both for the dowels.
- Use the same procedure to prevent chipping when cutting across the grain of a solid-wood door's vertical stiles.
- Usually, joiners cut, carved, and painted all the stiles, rails and panels before putting them together with mortise and tenon joints secured by wooden pins.
late 17th century: probably from Dutch stijl 'pillar, doorpost'.