Definitions of style

  1. a way of expressing something ( in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; " all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
  2. a manner of performance; " a manner of living"; " in the characteristic New York style"; " a way of life"
  3. make stylish; in fashion or hairdressing
  4. a slender bristlelike or tubular process; " a cartilaginous style"
  5. a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving; " he drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus"
  6. the popular taste at a given time; " leather is the latest vogue"; " he followed current trends"; " the 1920s had a style of their own"
  7. a particular kind ( as to appearance); " this style of shoe is in demand"
  8. editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
  9. the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma
  10. style and tailor in a certain fashion; " cut a dress"; " style a wedding dress"
  11. how something is done or how it happens; " her dignified manner"; " his rapid manner of talking"; " their nomadic mode of existence"; " in the characteristic New York style"; " a lonely way of life"; " in an abrasive fashion"
  12. ( botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma
  13. make consistent with certain rules of style; " style a manuscript"
  14. designate by an identifying term; " They styled their nation ` The Confederate States'"
  15. make consistent with a certain fashion or style; " Style my hair"; " style the dress"
  16. An instrument used by the ancients in writing on tablets covered with wax, having one of its ends sharp, and the other blunt, and somewhat expanded, for the purpose of making erasures by smoothing the wax.
  17. Hence, anything resembling the ancient style in shape or use.
  18. A pen; an author's pen.
  19. A sharp- pointed tool used in engraving; a graver.
  20. A kind of blunt- pointed surgical instrument.
  21. A long, slender, bristlelike process, as the anal styles of insects.
  22. The elongated part of a pistil between the ovary and the stigma. See Illust. of Stamen, and of Pistil.
  23. Mode of expressing thought in language, whether oral or written; especially, such use of language in the expression of thought as exhibits the spirit and faculty of an artist; choice or arrangement of words in discourse; rhetorical expression.
  24. Mode of presentation, especially in music or any of the fine arts; a characteristic of peculiar mode of developing in idea or accomplishing a result.
  25. Conformity to a recognized standard; manner which is deemed elegant and appropriate, especially in social demeanor; fashion.
  26. Mode or phrase by which anything is formally designated; the title; the official designation of any important body; mode of address; as, the style of Majesty.
  27. To entitle; to term, name, or call; to denominate.
  28. A pointed instrument used by the ancients for writing upon wax tablets; a pen; an engraver's tool; a surgical instrument; the pin of a sundial; manner of writing or speaking with regard to the choice of words, etc.; mode of expression or execution in art; as, the Renaissance style; manner of conduct or action, as, a graceful style of dancing; fashion; a method of reckoning time; as, according to the Old Style or New Style calender.
  29. To term, name, or call; as, he styled himself a prophet.
  30. Styled.
  31. styling.
  32. Anything long and pointed, esp. a pointed tool for engraving or writing: ( fig.) manner of writing, mode of expressing thought in language: the distinctive manner peculiar to an author: characteristic or peculiar mode of expression and execution ( in the fine arts): title: mode of address: practice, esp. in a law- court: manner: form: fashion: the pin of a dial: ( bot.) the middle portion of the pistil, between the ovary and the stigma: in chronology, a mode of reckoning time with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendar. Style is Old or New. The Old Style follows the Julian manner of computing the months and days, in which the year consists of 365 days and 6 hours. This is something more than 11 minutes too much, and in the course of time, between Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII., this accumulated error amounted to 10 days. Gregory reformed the calendar by retrenching 10 days, and fixing the ordinary length of the civil year at 365 days; and to make up for the odd hours it was ordained that every fourth year ( which we call leap- year) should consist of 366 days. But the rue length of the solar year is only 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 51. 6 seconds; hence, four solar years would fall short of four years of 365 days 6 hours each, or of four Julian years, three of 365 days and one of 366 days, by 44 minutes 33. 6 seconds, and 400 solar years would fall short of 400 Julian years by 74 hours 16 minutes, or by a little more than three days. This error it was ordained should be rectified by omitting three days in three of the four years which completed centuries; or, in other words, that the centuries divisible without remainder by 400, should alone of the centuries be accounted leap- years. Thus 1600, 2000, 2400 would be leap- years, but not 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300. This mode of correcting the calendar has been adopted at different times in almost all civilized nations with the exception of Russia and those countries where the Greek Church is predominant, which still adhere to the Old Style. In England the Gregorian or New Style was adopted by act of parliament in 1752, and as one of the years concluding a century in which the additional or intercalary day was to be omitted ( the year 1700) had elapsed since the correction by Pope Gregory, it was necessary to omit 11 instead of 10 days in the current year. Accordingly 11 days in September, 1752, were retrenched, and the 3rd day was reckoned the 14th. The difference between the Old and New Styles is now 12 days. All dates in U. S. history previous to 1752, may, therefore, be given in either Old or New Style.
  33. To entitle in addressing or speaking of: to name or designate.
  34. Manner of expression in speech or writing; peculiar mode of execution of an artist; fashion; title; mode of reckoning time; tool for engraving; middle portion of a pistil.
  35. To entitle; designate.
  36. To give a title to; name.
  37. Manner of conduct or action.
  38. Fashion; mode.
  39. Distinctive use of language or mode of expression.
  40. A sharp point for writing, engraving, etc. stylus.
  41. Zool. A pointed process or part.
  42. A pointer of a sun - dial.
  43. The stem or stalk that bears the stigma.
  44. In joinery, an upright piece in a frame.
  45. A pointed instrument used by the ancients for writing on wax tablets; a pointed instrument of surgery; something with a sharp point, as a graver; the pin of a dial; the middle portion of the pistil; manner of writing, speaking, painting or musical composition; title; appellation; manner; fashion; form; practice; a mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendar.
  46. To entitle in addressing; to call, name, or denominate.
  47. Distinctive manner of writing in regard to the use of language and the choice of words; phraseology; peculiar mode of expression and execution, as style of architecture; title; appellation; particular mode in conducting proceedings, as in a court of justice; mode; manner; fashion; among the ancients, a pointed instr. of bronze or iron for writing on tablets covered with wax; the pin of a dial which projects the shadow; in bot., the stalk interposed between the ovary and the stigma.
  48. To call; to name; to designate.
  49. The slender upper part of an ovary supporting the stigma; a calcareous projection from the pore tabula in some Millepora; an abdominal bristle- like process on the male of many Insects.

Usage examples for style

  1. One will express himself in a style different from the other. – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
  2. Don't you know any better than to talk to me in that style? – Rodney The Partisan by Harry Castlemon
  3. And what's more, he said, my wife's hat's comin' back into style before long, anyhow. – Anderson Crow, Detective by George Barr McCutcheon
  4. You remember, do you not, how I was so afraid my clothes would look poor and mean and out of style? – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  5. There were some who would go further and describe him as handsome, though his peculiar style of good looks might not be to everybody's taste. – Jack O' Judgment by Edgar Wallace
  6. And in the same style as my brother? – The Author Of Beltraffio by Henry James
  7. What on earth can this crazy thing be shooting about my ears in this style for? – The Foot-path Way by Bradford Torrey
  8. No one gets himself up in that style who means to go in for serious crime. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  9. My style of talk is quite good enough for my company. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  10. That's his style, isn't it? – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  11. Therefore it cannot be out of place to say something about Bagehot's style. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  12. He dressed himself between the style of a country gentleman and a man of business. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  13. Of course, at first they said they couldn't do it, the hats wouldn't be in style. – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  14. She has become an excellent cook, too, in the peasant style. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  15. Before Aunt 'Mira and Marty were up, the pump was working in fine style. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  16. There is something peculiar about her style of beauty. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  17. People told me you were a man absolutely without style." – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  18. He glanced again at her dress; it was plain and simple, but good style and becoming. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke