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steal


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Steal  \Steal\,  n.  [See  {Stale}  a  handle.] 
  A  handle;  a  stale,  or  stele.  [Archaic  or  Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  And  in  his  hand  a  huge  poleax  did  bear.  Whose  steale 
  was  iron-studded  but  not  long.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Steal  \Steal\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Stole};  p.  p.  {Stolen};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Stealing}.]  [OE.  stelen,  AS  stelan;  akin  to  OFries 
  stela,  D.  stelen,  OHG.  stelan,  G.  stehlen  Icel.  stela,  SW 
  stj["a]la,  Dan.  sti[ae]le,  Goth.  stilan.] 
  1.  To  take  and  carry  away  feloniously;  to  take  without  right 
  or  leave  and  with  intent  to  keep  wrongfully;  as  to  steal 
  the  personal  goods  of  another. 
 
  Maugre  thy  heed,  thou  must  for  indigence  Or  steal, 
  or  borrow,  thy  dispense.  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  man  who  stole  a  goose  and  gave  away  the  giblets 
  in  ?lms.  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  2.  To  withdraw  or  convey  clandestinely  (reflexive);  hence  to 
  creep  furtively,  or  to  insinuate. 
 
  They  could  insinuate  and  steal  themselves  under  the 
  same  by  their  humble  carriage  and  submission. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  He  will  steal  himself  into  a  man's  favor.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  gain  by  insinuating  arts  or  covert  means 
 
  So  Absalom  stole  the  hearts  of  the  men  of  Israel. 
  --2  Sam.  xv 
  6. 
 
  4.  To  get  into  one's  power  gradually  and  by  imperceptible 
  degrees;  to  take  possession  of  by  a  gradual  and 
  imperceptible  appropriation;  --  with  away 
 
  Variety  of  objects  has  a  tendency  to  steal  away  the 
  mind  from  its  steady  pursuit  of  any  subject.  --I. 
  Watts. 
 
  5.  To  accomplish  in  a  concealed  or  unobserved  manner;  to  try 
  to  carry  out  secretly;  as  to  steal  a  look 
 
  Always  when  thou  changest  thine  opinion  or  course, 
  profess  it  plainly,  .  .  .  and  do  not  think  to  steal 
  it  --Bacon. 
 
  {To  steal  a  march},  to  march  in  a  covert  way  to  gain  an 
  advantage  unobserved;  --  formerly  followed  by  of  but  now 
  by  on  or  upon  and  sometimes  by  over  as  to  steal  a  march 
  upon  one's  political  rivals. 
 
  She  yesterday  wanted  to  steal  a  march  of  poor  Liddy. 
  --Smollett. 
 
  Fifty  thousand  men  can  not  easily  steal  a  march  over 
  the  sea.  --Walpole. 
 
  Syn:  To  filch;  pilfer;  purloin;  thieve. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Steal  \Steal\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  practice,  or  be  guilty  of  theft;  to  commit  larceny  or 
  theft. 
 
  Thou  shalt  not  steal.  --Ex.  xx  15. 
 
  2.  To  withdraw,  or  pass  privily;  to  slip  in  along  or  away 
  unperceived;  to  go  or  come  furtively.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Fixed  of  mind  to  avoid  further  entreaty,  and  to  fly 
  all  company,  one  night  she  stole  away  --Sir  P. 
  Sidney. 
 
  From  whom  you  now  must  steal,  and  take  no  leave 
  --Shak. 
 
  A  soft  and  solemn  breathing  sound  Rose  like  a  steam 
  of  rich,  distilled  perfumes,  And  stole  upon  the  air. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Stale  \Stale\,  n.  [OE.  stale,  stele,  AS  st[ae]l,  stel;  akin  to 
  LG  &  D.  steel,  G.  stiel;  cf  L.  stilus  stake,  stalk,  stem, 
  Gr  ?  a  handle,  and  E.  stall,  stalk,  n.] 
  The  stock  or  handle  of  anything  as  the  stale  of  a  rake. 
  [Written  also  {steal},  {stele},  etc.] 
 
  But  seeling  the  arrow's  stale  without  and  that  the 
  head  did  go  No  further  than  it  might  be  seen. 
  --Chapman. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  steal 
  n  :  an  advantageous  purchase;  "she  got  a  bargain  at  the 
  auction";  "the  stock  was  a  real  buy  at  that  price"  [syn: 
  {bargain},  {buy}] 
  v  1:  take  without  the  owner's  consent;  "Someone  stole  my  wallet 
  on  the  train";  "This  author  stole  entire  paragraphs  from 
  my  dissertation" 
  2:  move  stealthily;  "The  ship  slipped  away  in  the  darkness" 
  [syn:  {slip}] 
  3:  steal  a  base,  in  baseball 
  4:  to  go  stealthily  or  furtively:  "..stead  of  sneaking  around 
  spying  on  the  Dronk  house''."  [syn:  {sneak},  {mouse},  {creep}, 
  {pussyfoot}] 




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