See also: stëll and Stell

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English stellen, from Old English stellan (to give a place to, set, place), from Proto-West Germanic *stalljan (to put, position), from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (to place, put, post, stand). Cognate with Dutch stellen (to set, put), Low German stellen (to put, place, fix), German stellen (to set, place, provide), Old English steall (position, place). More at stall.

VerbEdit

stell (third-person singular simple present stells, present participle stelling, simple past and past participle stelled or stold)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To place in position; set up, fix, plant; prop, mount.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To portray; delineate; display.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece, 1443–44:
      To this well-painted piece is Lucrece come,
      To find a face where all distress is stelled.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 24:
      Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd
      Thy beauty's form in table of my heart ...

Etymology 2Edit

Alteration of stall, after the verb to stell.

NounEdit

stell (plural stells)

  1. (archaic) A place; station.
  2. A stall; a fold for cattle.
  3. (Scotland) A prop; a support, as for the feet in standing or climbing.
  4. (Scotland) A still.
    • 1786, Robert Burns, "The Author's Earnest Cry And Prayer":
      Paint Scotland greetin owre her thrissle;
      Her mutchkin stowp as toom's a whissle;
      An' damn'd excisemen in a bussle,
      Seizin a stell,
      Triumphant crushin't like a mussel,
      Or limpet shell!
    • 1791, Robert Burns, "Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation":
      The English stell we could disdain,
      Secure in valour's station;
      But English gold has been our bane-
      Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
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GermanEdit

VerbEdit

stell

  1. singular imperative of stellen

IcelandicEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Danish stel.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

stell n (genitive singular stells, nominative plural stell)

  1. service (set of matching dishes or untensils)
  2. set of false teeth
DeclensionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Back-formation from stella (to potter about, to tinker).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

stell n (genitive singular stells, no plural)

  1. pottering, tinkering, idle work
    Synonyms: föndur, bauk, dund, dútl
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AdjectiveEdit

stell

  1. quiet, silent, still
  2. calm, peaceful