Definition of Stele

1. Noun. The usually cylindrical central vascular portion of the axis of a vascular plant.

Generic synonyms: Vascular Tissue
Group relationships: Axis

2. Noun. An ancient upright stone slab bearing markings.
Exact synonyms: Stela
Generic synonyms: Antiquity, Stone
Specialized synonyms: Rosetta Stone

Definition of Stele

1. n. Same as Stela.

2. n. A stale, or handle; a stalk.

Definition of Stele

1. Noun. (archaeology) A tall, slender stone monument, often with writing carved into its surface ¹

2. Noun. (botany) The central core of the root and shoot system, especially including the vascular tissue. ¹

3. Noun. (archery) The body of the arrow. ¹

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Definition of Stele

1. the central portion of vascular tissue in a plant stem [n -S] : STELIC [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stele

stele (current term)
stellar disk
stellar disks
stellar nursery
stellar parallax
stellar wind
stellar winds

Literary usage of Stele

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1. Attic Grave Reliefs That Represent Women in the Dress of Isis by Elizabeth J. Walters (1988)
"58 (stele fragment) c Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum (stele): Tryphon 12 ac ... stele d Aigina (stele pediment): sistrum and situla e Syros (stele top): ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The bundles sometimes • keep their arrangement in -a ring corresponding with the stele, though the continuous cylinder no longer exists (species of ..."

3. A History of Egypt by William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1905)
"3'»)- (stele of Ram. IV.). In the foregoing lists of the monumental remains of this reign, a careful selection of materials and refer- ..."

4. Athenian Lekythoi with Outline Drawing in Matt Color on a White Ground by Arthur Fairbanks (1914)
"349 f., the reference to the grave becomes clear after the earliest examples, and the stele or tumulus gradually becomes the determining factor of the scene ..."

5. A History of Egypt from the End of the Neolithic Period to the Death of by Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge (1902)
"stele of Excommunication, viii. 149 stele of Four Hundred Years, iii. 156 ; v. 61 stele of Meru, ii . 201 stele of Palermo, i . 221 stele of ..."

6. Handbook of Practical Botany: For the Botanical Laboratory and Private Student by Eduard Strasburger, William Hillhouse (1900)
"In our studies of the structure of stem and root of Phanerogams, we have used the word stele as being to all intents and purposes equivalent to the term ..."

7. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1902)
"Taken all together, they constitute a central cylinder in the root and stem, known as the stele. In some stems, especially among the pteridophytes, ..."

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