STILE, a series of steps of stone or wood, or a combination of bars and steps used for passing over a fence or wall without the necessity of a permanent open passage or of opening or shutting a gate. The Old English, stigcl is formed from stigan, to climb, ascend; stair (O. Eng. staegcr) and stirrup are from the same root. Stile (Lat stilus, a pointed instrument) is really the correct spelling of style (q.v.).
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