still1 / stil/ • adj. not moving or making a sound: the still body of the young man. ∎ (of air or water) undisturbed by wind, sound, or current; calm and tranquil: her voice carried on the still air a still autumn day. ∎ (of a drink such as wine) not effervescent; compare with sparkle. • n. 1. deep silence and calm; stillness: the still of the night. 2. an ordinary static photograph as opposed to a motion picture, esp. a single shot from a movie. • adv. 1. without moving: the sheriff commanded him to stand still and drop the gun. 2. up to and including the present or the time mentioned; even now (or then) as formerly: he still lives with his mother it was still raining. ∎ referring to something that will or may happen in the future: we could still win. 3. nevertheless; all the same: I'm afraid he's crazy. Still, he's harmless. 4. even (used with comparatives for emphasis): write, or better still, type, captions for the pictures Hank, already sweltering, began to sweat still more profusely. • v. make or become still; quieten: [tr.] she raised her hand, stilling Erica's protests | [intr.] the din in the hall stilled. PHRASES: still and all inf. nevertheless; even so. still small voice the voice of one's conscience (with reference to 1 Kings 19:12).DERIVATIVES: still·ness n. still2 • n. an apparatus for distilling alcoholic drinks such as whiskey.
Still is the colloquial term for distillery, a device used for Distillation—to extract ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from various plants and food products. The simplest ones contain a cooking pot and a tightly fitted cap from which a long arm extends in a downward direction. A mash is boiled, the ethyl alcohol rises to the top and is deposited as a vapor which then condenses as it cools and passes through the arm.
(See also: Alcohol: History of Drinking )
Scott E. Lukas
So still vb. quiet, calm. OE. stillan = OS. (gi)stillian trans., stillon intr., OHG. stillen trans., stillēn intr., ON. stilla. still adv. without change of position OE.; †quietly; †without change or cessation, always XIII; until then or now XVI; in or to a further degree; (as sentence adv.) even then, notwithstanding XVII. OE. stille = OS., OHG. stillo (Du. stil, G. stille) :- WGmc. *stillō. stilly (-Y1) †secret XIII; (poet.) quiet XVIII. prob. f. the adv. OE. stillīċe (see -LY2).
a still tongue makes a wise head proverbial saying, mid 16th century; meaning that a person who is not given to idle talk, and who listens to others, is likely to be wise.
still waters run deep proverbial saying, early 15th century; now commonly used to assert that a placid exterior hides a passionate nature.