• Steal. N.A. Indian
    Steal. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v steal steal a base
    • v steal move stealthily "The ship slipped away in the darkness"
    • v steal take without the owner's consent "Someone stole my wallet on the train","This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
    • n steal a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)
    • n steal an advantageous purchase "she got a bargain at the auction","the stock was a real buy at that price"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Jack tries to steal the money-bags Jack tries to steal the money-bags
Taffy stealing Taffy stealing
Knave stealing tarts Knave stealing tarts

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper
    • n Steal stēl A handle; a stale, or stele. "And in his hand a huge poleax did bear.
      Whose steale was iron-studded but not long."
    • Steal To accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try to carry out secretly; as, to steal a look. "Always, when thou changest thine opinion or course, profess it plainly, . . . and do not think to steal it.""She yesterday wanted to steal a march of poor Liddy.""Fifty thousand men can not easily steal a march over the sea."
    • Steal To gain by insinuating arts or covert means. "So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel."
    • Steal To get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and imperceptible appropriation; -- with away. "Variety of objects has a tendency to steal away the mind from its steady pursuit of any subject."
    • Steal To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft. "Thou shalt not steal ."
    • Steal To take, and carry away, feloniously; to take without right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully; as, to steal the personal goods of another. "Maugre thy heed, thou must for indigence
      Or steal , or beg, or borrow, thy dispense."
      "The man who stole a goose and gave away the giblets in alms."
    • Steal To withdraw or convey clandestinely (reflexive); hence, to creep furtively, or to insinuate. "They could insinuate and steal themselves under the same by their humble carriage and submission.""He will steal himself into a man's favor."
    • Steal To withdraw, or pass privily; to slip in, along, or away, unperceived; to go or come furtively. "Fixed of mind to avoid further entreaty, and to fly all company, one night she stole away.""From whom you now must steal , and take no leave.""A soft and solemn breathing sound
      Rose like a steam of rich, distilled perfumes,
      And stole upon the air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave
    • steal To take feloniously; take and carry off clandestinely, and without right or leave; appropriate to one's own uses dishonestly, or without right, permission, or authority: as applied to persons, to kidnap; abduct: as, to steal some one's purse; to steal cattle; to steal a child.
    • steal To remove, withdraw, or abstract secretly or stealthily.
    • steal To smuggle, literally or figuratively.
    • steal To take or assume without right.
    • steal To obtain surreptitiously, or by stealth or surprise: as, to steal a kiss.
    • steal To entice or win by insidious arts or secret means.
    • steal To perform, procure, or effect in a stealthy or underhand way; perform secretly; conceal the doing, performance, or accomplishment of.
    • steal To move furtively and slyly: as, she stole her hand into his.
    • steal In base-ball, to secure, as a base or run, without an error by one's opponents or a base-hit by the batter; to run successfully to, as from one base to the next, in spite of the efforts of one's opponents: as, to steal second base: sometimes used intransitively with to: as, to steal to second base.
    • steal In netting, to take away (a mesh) by netting into two meshes of the preceding row at once.
    • steal Synonyms To filch, pilfer, purloin, embezzle. See pillage, n.
    • steal To practise or be guilty of theft.
    • steal To move stealthily or secretly; creep softly; pass, approach, or withdraw surreptitiously and unperceived; go or come furtively; slip or creep along insidiously, silently, or unperceived; make insinuating approach: as, to Steal into the house at dusk; the fox stole away: sometimes used reflexively.
    • n steal An act or a case of: theft: as, an official steal; specifically, in baseball. a stolen or furtive run from one base to another: as, a steal to third base. See steal, transitive verb, 9.
    • n steal Same as stale.
    • steal In cricket, to gain (a run) and increase the score because of the slowness of the fielders: said of the batsman.
    • steal In golf, to hole (a long, unlikely putt) so that the ball just drops into the hole.
    • n steal In golf, a long putt which wins a hole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • v.t Steal stēl to take by theft or feloniously: to take away without notice: to gain or win by address, insidiously, or by gradual means: to snatch: in golf, to hole a long putt by a stealthy stroke—the opposite of Gobble.v.i. to practise theft: to take feloniously: to pass secretly: to slip in or out unperceived
    • pa.t Steal stōle; pa.p. stōlen
    • n Steal stēl (Spens.) a handle.
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  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.”
  • Dexter Yager
    Dexter Yager
    “Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams.”
  • Bible
    “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. [Leviticus 19:11]”
  • Mario Puzo
    Mario Puzo
    “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
    “Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.”
  • B. B. King
    B. B. King
    “I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.”


A steal - If something is a steal, it costs much less than it is really worth.
Steal a march - This expression indicates the stealthiness of a person over another to gain advantage of the situation. For instance, if two persons are offered some jobs which are vacant, they resolve to go together next day at an agreed time, but one of them, without telling the other, goes earlier than the other and secures the better of the two jobs, he is said to steal a march on the other person.
Steal someone's thunder - If someone steals your thunder, they take the credit and praise for something you did.
Steal the show - If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stelen, AS. stelan,; akin to OFries. stela, D. stelen, OHG. stelan, G. stehlen, Icel. stela, SW. stjäla, Dan. stiæle, Goth. stilan,


In literature:

She could turn her head so quick dat she'd ketch you every time you tried to steal a lump of sugar.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
All through dinner, Hinton had felt that strange sense of depression stealing upon him.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
He's the man who Lorson Harris is going to hand a hundred thousand dollars for the murder of your outfit, and to steal your trade.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
At first the little boy would steal and hide away bread while he ate at the table.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
A man was brought before him charged with stealing a small but very valuable jewelled table.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
It was obvious by now that Mike Fueyo and his Silent Spooks had been stealing the Cadillacs.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Old friends would accuse each other of stealing each other's water.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Levi didn't steal no four thousand dollars.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
Stealing for fun cannot be any better than stealing from the love of gain, or to provide for one's necessities.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
You stopped cattle stealing in the Big Sandy region.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

Or that the growing ages steal
The memories of past wrongs from us.
But this is certain--that I feel
Most friendly unto thee, oh Thomas!
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
The world has just begun to steal
Each hope that led me lightly on;
I felt not, as I used to feel,
And life grew dark and love was gone.
"Why I Loved You" by Thomas Moore
Yes, heavenly music seems to steal
Where thought of her forever lingers,
And round my heart I always feel
The twining of her dimpled fingers!
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field
As our shadows appear, when the weather is clear,
And follow where-e'er we go:
Like a thief, so he steals, hanging close at our heels,
And trying to bring us to woe.
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Yet see—night is not . . . by translucent ways,
Up the grey void of autumn afternoon
Steals a mild crescent, charioted in haze,
And all the air is merciful as June.
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
From Mirth's bright circle, from the giddy throng,
How sweet it is to steal away at eve,
To listen to the homeward fisher's song,
Whilst dark the waters of the ocean heave;—
"Lines Written At Brighton" by Sir John Carr

In news:

A man was arrested Sunday morning near Bunker Hill after allegedly stealing a vehicle and fleeing officers.
Jose Tabata steals second as Reds shortstop Paul Janish is pulled off the bag by a high throw in the second inning Sunday in Cincinnati.
Suspect uses forklift to steal ATM.
MaymO likes to steal cabbage off the kitchen table when he thinks no one is looking.
Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell steal the show at San Francisco Opera.
This blended California wine is a steal at $10.
CADDO PARISH, LA — A former North Caddo High School teacher was taken into custody Thursday for stealing school materials.
Caddo Parish, La — A former North Caddo High School teacher was taken into custody Thursday for stealing school materials.
Tony Campana stealing a base against Houston.
According to Casper police, in May, Neely along with his accomplice Donnie Neice, used a pick-up truck to steal the trailer from the twelve-hundred block of Hawthorne Street.
According to Casper Police, Neice, along with his accomplice, Michael Neely, used a pick-up truck to steal a trailer from the twelve-hundred block of Hawthorne Street in May.
Octopus Steals Bait Canister and Thwarts Research in False Bay South Africa.
Surveillance video captures woman stealing package, canned goods from porch.
Man charged with stealing deceased uncle's guns.
Who served as an uncle's pallbearer -- is charged with stealing guns from the deceased man's home, the website reported.

In science:

This explains why powerlaw tends to harden the diskbb component and to steal flux from it (i.e., reduce its normalization constant).
A Simple Comptonization Model
On the other hand, in this paper, by gettng rid of independent ψ field, the vierbines ”steal” the physical significance from ψ .
An attempt to resolve apparent paradoxes in definitions of Grassmann numbers and spinor fields
Charge traps with long release times (or fast CCD readout) steal flux primarily from an ob ject’s leading edge, and return it to the image in pixels well separated from the ob ject.
The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements
The authors addressed a general computational paradigm called Balanced Partitioning Trees and designed a a resource-oblivious priority work scheduler based on work-stealing to attain the above bounds.
Efficient cache oblivious algorithms for randomized divide-and-conquer on the multicore model
Wireless 3hop networks with stealing II: exact solutions through boundary value problems.
Tail asymptotics of the stationary distribution of a two dimensional reflecting random walk with unbounded upward jumps