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See also: stëll and Stell


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English stellen, from Old English stellan (to give a place to, set, place), from Proto-Germanic *stallijaną (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.


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

  1. (transitive, dialectal or obsolete) To set; place; fix.
    • 1609, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets:
      Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd
      Thy beauty's form in table of my heart; [...]
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To place in position; set up, fix, plant; prop, mount.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of stall, after the verb to stell.


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.
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  1. Imperative singular of stellen.