from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To argue or contend stubbornly, especially about trivial or petty points.
- intransitive v. To have or raise objections; scruple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.
- v. To argue or struggle for.
- v. To raise objections; to argue stubbornly, especially over minor or trivial matters.
- n. A shallow rapid in a river.
- n. The current below a waterfall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To separate combatants by intervening.
- intransitive v. To contend, contest, or altercate, esp. in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds.
- intransitive v. To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other; to trim.
- transitive v. To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants.
- transitive v. To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening; hence, to arbitrate.
- n. A shallow rapid in a river; also, the current below a waterfall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sharp point; a prickle; a spine.
- Steep; high; inaccessible.
- High, as the water of a river; swollen; sweeping; rapid.
- n. A shallow in a river where the water, being confined, runs with violence.
- n. A current below a waterfall.
- To interpose in and put a stop to; mediate between; pacify.
- To interpose between combatants and separate them; mediate; arbitrate.
- To take part with one side or the other; uphold one party to a dispute.
- To contest or contend pertinaciously on insufficient grounds; insist upon some trifle.
- To hesitate.
- To play fast and loose; waver from one side to the other; trim.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
Variant of Middle English stightlen, to contend, frequentative of stighten, to arrange, from Old English stihtian, stihtan; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of stightle. (Wiktionary)