One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An arrangement of steps that allows people but not animals to climb over a fence or wall.
- ‘Keep to the right of a small brook and climb steps to reach a stile at the top end of the woodland.’
- ‘I climbed a stile, stepped onto uneven turf and followed what I thought must be the route of the footpath I identified.’
- ‘However, every footpath near my home has fallen trees, drainage problems, walls down, broken fences, gates and stiles.’
- ‘As children, Nick and I would sneak out of the house at night and follow the pressure-treated cedar fences into the yards of our neighbors, climbing the stiles, careful not to wake the dogs.’
- ‘But although they put up stiles across the new fence, walkers and residents feared it would mean access to the well used dam would be restricted.’
- ‘Swing right from the stile and climb the grass bank before bearing left and crossing further stiles to follow a path through woodland.’
- ‘To always use gates and stiles and to avoid damage to walls and fences.’
- ‘Head through the bridle-gate, then walk straight up the steep grassy bank on to reach a stile over a fence.’
- ‘Pine will be used for door frames in information centres, oak for boat repairs at Coniston Boating Centre, signboards, fences and stiles will also be made from the reclaimed timber.’
- ‘It is an offence for a landowner to obstruct a public right of way, and the placing of a new stile, gate or fence can amount to an obstruction, unless it is a replacement of what previously existed.’
- ‘Its lack of steps and stiles makes it fully accessible to horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers.’
- ‘Once, a cattle trough had been set up right next to the stile we had to climb to reach the only footbridge over a small river.’
- ‘Cross the stile and continue along the grassy track with the fence on the right until a wall step stile is reached.’
- ‘The fence includes stiles, a bridle gate and kissing gates which are fully accessible to push-chairs and wheelchair users.’
- ‘Carry on along a cut path through long grass and, just before Hole House, take a step stile over the wall, now on your left.’
- ‘Climb a fence stile at the top of the ridge and the summit of Sour Howes lies ahead.’
- ‘Eventually, we reached a stile that allowed access over the wall to the fields of the Dyer farm.’
- ‘The poems have been carved into a series of stones by letter-cutter Pip Hall, each verse interpreted in such a way as to add to the impact of the words, and then incorporated into walls and stiles, or planted like milestones along the route.’
- ‘Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls.’
- ‘The survey, completed in April 2000, highlighted a number of blocked footpaths, inadequate stiles, gates and fences.’
Old English stigel, from a Germanic root meaning ‘to climb’.
A vertical piece in the frame of a panelled door or sash window.Compare with rail (sense 4 of the noun)
- ‘Remove the rails (the horizontal pieces of the face frame) and bring the stiles (the vertical pieces) together and mark them both for the dowels.’
- ‘Use the same procedure to prevent chipping when cutting across the grain of a solid-wood door's vertical stiles.’
- ‘Then after panels are done, roll out the stiles, which are the vertical pieces and brush after each, then do the rails, which are the horizontal pieces.’
- ‘Usually, joiners cut, carved, and painted all the stiles, rails and panels before putting them together with mortise and tenon joints secured by wooden pins.’
- ‘Drill a clearance hole for a new threaded rivet (same diameter as rivet) through the inner face of the door stile.’
Late 17th century: probably from Dutch stijl ‘pillar, doorpost’.
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