Definition of Style

n.1.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.
2.Hence, anything resembling the ancient style in shape or use.
3.A pen; an author's pen.
3.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.
High style, as when that men to kinges write.
- Chaucer.
Style is the dress of thoughts.
- Chesterfield.
Proper words in proper places make the true definition of style.
- Swift.
It is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work.
- I. Disraeli.
4.A sharp-pointed tool used in engraving; a graver.
4.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.
The ornamental style also possesses its own peculiar merit.
- Sir J. Reynolds.
5.A kind of blunt-pointed surgical instrument.
5.Conformity to a recognized standard; manner which is deemed elegant and appropriate, especially in social demeanor; fashion.
According to the usual style of dedications.
- C. Middleton.
6.(Zool.) A long, slender, bristlelike process, as the anal styles of insects.
6.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.
One style to a gracious benefactor, another to a proud, insulting foe.
- Burke.
7.The pin, or gnomon, of a dial, the shadow of which indicates the hour. See Gnomon.
7.(Chron.) A mode of reckoning time, with regard to the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
Style of court
the practice or manner observed by a court in its proceedings.
- Ayliffe.
8.(Bot.) The elongated part of a pistil between the ovary and the stigma. See Illust. of Stamen, and of Pistil.
v. t.1.To entitle; to term, name, or call; to denominate.
[imp. & p. p. Styled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Styling.]
How well his worth and brave adventures styled.
- Dryden.

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