Stilt Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm. [1913 Webster]

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

2. A crutch; also, the handle of a plow. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds belonging to {Himantopus} and allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also {longshanks}, {stiltbird}, {stilt plover}, and {lawyer}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The American species ({Himantopus Mexicanus}) is well known. The European and Asiatic stilt ({H. candidus}) is usually white, except the wings and interscapulars, which are greenish black. The white-headed stilt ({H. leucocephalus}) and the banded stilt ({Cladorhynchus pectoralis}) are found in Australia. [1913 Webster]

{Stilt plover} (Zo["o]l.), the stilt.

{Stilt sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), an American sandpiper ({Micropalama himantopus}) having long legs. The bill is somewhat expanded at the tip. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, (Himantopus melanopterus)

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  • stilt — stilt; stilt·ed; stilt·ed·ness; stilt·er; stilt·ed·ly; …   English syllables

  • stilt — [stilt] n. [ME stilte, prob. < MLowG or MDu stelte, akin to Ger stelze: for base see STILL1] 1. either of a pair of poles, each with a footrest somewhere along its length, used for walking with the feet above the ground, as by children at play …   English World dictionary

  • Stilt — Stilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stilted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stilting}.] To raise on stilts, or as if on stilts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stilt — [stılt] n [C usually plural] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Low German] 1.) one of a set of poles that support a building above the ground or above water on stilts ▪ a house built on stilts 2.) one of two poles which you can stand on and …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stilt — [ stılt ] noun count 1. ) one of two long narrow pieces of wood with places to put your feet on so that you can stand on them to walk high above the ground 2. ) one of a set of posts that a house is built on to raise it above the ground or above… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stilt — early 14c., a crutch, from P.Gmc. *steltijon (Cf. M.L.G., M.Du. stelte stilt, O.H.G. stelza plow handle, crutch ), from PIE root *stel to put, stand (see STALL (Cf. stall) (n.1)). Application to wooden poles for walking across marshy ground, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • stilt — ► NOUN 1) either of a pair of upright poles with supports for the feet enabling the user to walk raised above the ground. 2) each of a set of posts or piles supporting a building. 3) a long billed wading bird with very long slender legs. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stilt — For the journal of the Australasian Wader Studies Group, see Stilt Taxobox name = Stilts image width = 250px image caption = Black necked Stilt regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Recurvirostridae… …   Wikipedia

  • stilt — stiltlike, adj. /stilt/, n. 1. one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk with his or her feet above the ground. 2. one of several posts supporting a structure built above …   Universalium

  • stilt — I. noun Etymology: Middle English stilte; akin to Old High German stelza stilt Date: 15th century 1. a. one of two poles each with a rest or strap for the foot used to elevate the wearer above the ground in walking b. a pile or post serving as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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