An example of a sill is where a cat may sit looking out the window.
Origin of sill
- Middle English sille from Old English syll threshold
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sille, selle, sÃ¼lle, from Old English syll, syl (“sill, threshold, foundation, base, basis"), from Proto-Germanic *sulÄ« (“bar, sill"), from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (“beam, board, frame, threshold"). Cognate with Scots sil, sill (“balk, beam, floor, sill"), Dutch zul (“sill"), Low German Sull, SÃ¼lle (“threshold, ramp, sill"), Danish syld (“base of a framework building"), Swedish syll (“joist, cross-tie"), Norwegian syll, Icelandic syll, sylla (“sill"). Related also to German Schwelle (> Danish svelle), Old Norse svill, Latin silva (“wood, forest").
- Compare thill.
- Compare sile.