STYLE, n. [L., Gr., a column, a pen or bodkin; from the root of the Teutonic stellen, to set or place.]1. Manner of writing with regard to language, or the choice and arrangement of words; as a harsh style; a dry style; a tumid or bombastic style; a loose style; a terse style; a laconic or verbose style; a flowing style; a lofty style; an elegant style; an epistolary style. The character of style depends chiefly on a happy selection and arrangement of words.Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of style.Let some lord but own the happy lines, how the wit brightens and the style refines!2. Manner of speaking appropriate to particular characters; or in general, the character of the language used.Not style is held for base, where love well named is.According to the usual style of dedications.So we say, a person addresses another in a style of haughtiness, in a style or rebuke.3. Mode of painting; any manner of painting which is characteristic or peculiar.The ornamental style also possesses its own peculiar merit.4. A particular character of music; as a grave style.5. Title; appellation; as the style of majesty.Propitious hear our prayr, whether the style of Titan please thee more--6. Course of writing. [Not in use.]7. Style of court, is properly the practice observed by any court in its way of proceeding.8. In popular use, manner; form; as, the entertainment was prepared in excellent style.9. A pointed instrument formerly used in writing on tables of wax; an instrument of surgery.10. Something with a sharp point; a graver; the pin of a dial; written also stile.11. In botany, the middle portion of the pistil, connecting the stigma with the germ; sometimes called the shaft. The styles of plants are capillary, filiform, cylindric, subulate, or clavate.12. 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, or the calendar as established by Julius Cesar, 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 Cesar and pope Gregory XIII, this surplus amounted to 11 days. Gregory reformed the calendar by retrenching 11 days; this reformation was adopted by act of parliament in Great Britain in 1751, by which act eleven days in September, 1752 were retrenched, and the 3rd day was reckoned the 14th. This mode of reckoning is called New Style.
STYLE, v.t. To call; to name; to denominate; to give a title to in addressing. The emperor of Russia is styled autocrat; the king of Great Britain is styled defender of the faith.
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