n. long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird; one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle
The other irony, of course, is that people live in small stilt houses over the water - there are no cars in the village.
Sentence in Classic:
He is not easily astonished, he is still less easily terrified, he makes songs on superstitions, he takes the wind out of exaggerations, he twits mysteries, he thrusts out his tongue at ghosts, he takes the poetry out of stilted things, he introduces caricature into epic extravaganzas.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context
Only the Henty books and the Elsie books and the latest optimisms by moral female novelists and virile clergymen were in general demand, and the board themselves were interested only in old, stilted volumes.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context