• Two girls on stilts form a letter M
    Two girls on stilts form a letter M
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stilted artificially formal "that artificial humility that her husband hated","contrived coyness","a stilted letter of acknowledgment","when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While sailing along the Caribbean coast of South America in 1499, the Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojedo saw Indian houses built on stilts over the water. The area reminded him of Venice, and he named it Little Venice, which in Spanish is Venezuela.
    • a Stilted Elevated as if on stilts; hence, pompous; bombastic; as, a stilted style; stilted declamation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stilts were invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes.
    • stilted Elevated, as if on stilts; hence, pompous; inflated; formal; stiff and bombastic: said especially of language: as, a stilted mode of expression; a stilted style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Stilted elevated as if on stilts: pompous
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  • David Wark Griffiths
    David Wark Griffiths
    “We have taken beauty and exchanged it for stilted voices.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. stylta; Dut. stelt, a stilt.


In literature:

Oddest of all were his great hindlegs, which stuck up over his body like two jointed stilts.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
He went about Europe on stilts; he never touched the ground.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
The hotels stalk out over the water on stilts.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
All unnecessary words and all stilted phrases should be stripped from a letter.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Boats don't travel on stilts, in this country.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
It was built up on stilts, and was a place of worship built for the slaves by their owners.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Doris had charming letters from Betty, a little stilted we should call them now, but very interesting.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
We want our stilts, that you've got somewhere.
"Hollowdell Grange" by George Manville Fenn
His exhortations were fruitless; and then, in his pride and presumption, he went in for stilts.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Walking on stilts is connected with balancing.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin

In poetry:

Hard by lived a vain man,
So vain and so proud,
He walked on stilts
To be seen by the crowd.
"Vain And Careless" by Robert Graves
O, hoe eenzaam en verlaten,
Ik gevoel geen angst of nood,
Mag ik maar in stilte peinzen
Aan hun leven, aan hun dood!
"Engelen" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
A lunging trout flashed in the sun,
To do some petty slaughter,
And set the spiders all a-run
On little stilts of water.
"An Idyl" by John Charles McNeill
Stark an' strang they grippit his arms,
An' swith the rest cam' on,
Syne trail'd they oot frae 'tween the stilts
Oor gude an' godly John.
"Ballad of The New Monkland Martyr" by Janet Hamilton
That though I loved them for their faults
As much as for their good,
My friends were enemies on stilts
With their heads in a cunning cloud.
"To Others Than You" by Dylan Thomas
Maar de dauw, die in stilte de zode besprengt,
Zal het gras des te frisscher doen groeien;
En de traan onzer smart, hoe verholen geplengd,
Doet in 't hart zijn gedachtenis bloeien.
"Grafbezoek" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate

In news:

Wolpe on Brandon's Holocaust analogy : 'It is stupidity on stilts.
They should be stilted and not allowed to touch each other during the firing process.
A Lancer Sportback on stilts.
Image by egg on stilts, via Flickr.
Registration will start at 7 am After the walk, stay at the park for a water ski show, a stilt walker, face painting, balloons, food, dancing and music.
Roland Park-based artist stages Stilt -a-thon downtown.
Pamela Anderson and Criss Angel turn up to support Jesus Villa, who is attempting his sixth Guiness World Record to walk from Las Vegas To Los Angeles on spring-loaded stilts on December 8, 2012.
For 20 years, the Burns family made warm memories in their cedar-sided beach house on stilts.
Ang Lee's Life of Pi mixes cinematic magic with stilted scenes, forced drama.
Am I overly sensitive, or has there been an uptick lately in stilted, uptight, and bureaucratic messaging.
Perched above the shallow turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay are shacks on stilts that have hosted some of Florida's wildest parties, from the days when alcohol and gambling were outlawed, to a bachelor party for a member of the Kennedy clan.
We have an acre of property, try to stay organic, and have a hill infested with a big swath of Japanese Stilt Grass—about 20 by 40 feet.
Stilt dancer Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield will be one of four stilt dancers performing at the 2nd Annual Gaea Star Goddess Show that occurs at the Academy of Music on Friday, Oct 12.
Arin Ray Sounds Stilted on 'X Factor'.
At least maybe stilt skating got a start here.

In science:

In stilte onderzochten ze het knipperende ding verder.
Radio Pulsars
TOPCAT (Taylor 2005) was used extensively in both its desktop version and its command line counterpart STILTS (Taylor 2006).
Astroinformatics of galaxies and quasars: a new general method for photometric redshifts estimation