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stile (style) noun

1. A set or series of steps for crossing a fence or wall.

2. A turnstile.

[Middle English, from Old English stigel.]

A vertical member of a panel or frame, as in a door or window sash.

[Probably from Dutch stijl, doorpost, from Middle Dutch, possibly from Latin stilus, pole, post.]

"After about two miles the canal joins the river, and you climb a stile and walk on to the sea." Caroline Dilke, A man, a plan, a canal - all strictly for the birds, Independent, 22 Nov 1997.

"A wise choice is to order a mid-rail option on stile and rail doors." Grant O. Young, Making an Entrance, AS&U, American School & University, 1 Dec 1997.

This week's theme: words with slightly different spellings from some everyday words.


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