Etymology: Middle English stille, from Old English; akin to Old High German stilli still and perhaps to Old English steall stall — more at stall
Date: before 12th century
a. devoid of or abstaining from motion
b. archaic sedentary
c. not effervescent <still wine> d. (1) of, relating to, or being a static photograph as contrasted with a motion picture (2) designed for taking still photographs <a still camera> (3) engaged in taking still photographs <a still photographer> 2. a. uttering no sound ; quiet b. subdued, muted 3. a. calm, tranquil b. free from noise or turbulence • stillness noun II. verb Date: before 12th century intransitive verb to become motionless or silent ; quiet transitive verb 1. a. allay, calm <stilled their nerves> b. to put an end to ; settle 2. to arrest the motion of 3. silence III. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. without motion <sit still> 2. archaic a. always, continually b. in a progressive manner ; increasingly 3. — used as a function word to indicate the continuance of an action or condition <still lives there> <drink it while it's still hot> 4. in spite of that ; nevertheless <those who take the greatest care still make mistakes> 5. a. even 2c <a still more difficult problem> <heavier still> b. yet 1a <has still to be recognized> IV. noun Date: 13th century 1. quiet, silence 2. a static photograph; specifically a photograph of actors or scenes of a motion picture for publicity or documentary purposes V. verb Etymology: Middle English stillen, short for distillen to distill Date: 13th century distill VI. noun Date: 1533 1. distillery 2. apparatus used in distillation comprising either the chamber in which the vaporization is carried out or the entire equipment
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.