Webster 1913 Edition
stilte; akin to Dan.
stylta, LG. & D.
stelze, and perh. to E.
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.
Ambition is but avarice on
stilts, and masked.
A crutch; also, the handle of a plow.
Any species of limicoline birds belonging to
Himantopusand allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also
stilt plover, and
☞ The American species (
Himantopus Mexicanus) is well known. The European and Asiatic stilt (
Himantopus candidus) is usually white, except the wings and interscapulars, which are greenish black. The white-headed stilt (
Himantopus leucocephalus) and the banded stilt (
Cladorhynchus pectoralis) are found in Australia.
an American sandpiper (
Micropalama himantopus) having long legs. The bill is somewhat expanded at the tip.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To raise on stilts, or as if on stilts.
Webster 1828 Edition
Men must not walk upon stilts.
1.To raise on stilts; to elevate.
2.To raise by unnatural means.