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Definition of "stilt" []

  • Either of a pair of long, slender poles each equipped with a raised footrest to enable the user to walk elevated above the ground. (noun)
  • Any of various tall posts or pillars used as support, as for a dock or building: a beach house on stilts. (noun)
  • An American wading bird (Himantopus mexicanus) that has long pink legs, black and white plumage, and a long slender bill, and that ranges from the United States to Peru and Brazil and is related to the avocet. (noun)
  • A related bird (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) of Australia. (noun)
  • To place or raise on stilts. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stilt" in a sentence
  • "The veined octopus under study manages a behavioral trick that the researchers call stilt walking."
  • "The veined octopus under study manages a behavioural trick that the researchers call stilt walking."
  • "It was an odd creature perched upon stilts; one of those persons called the stilt-walkers."