• WordNet 3.6
    • adj astonishing so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm "such an enormous response was astonishing","an astounding achievement","the amount of money required was staggering","suffered a staggering defeat","the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying"
    • adj astonishing surprising greatly "she does an amazing amount of work","the dog was capable of astonishing tricks"
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Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Astonishing Very wonderful; of a nature to excite astonishment; as, an astonishing event.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astonishing Causing or fitted to cause astonishment; amazing; wonderful. Synonyms Amazing, surprising, wonderful, marvelous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Astonishing very wonderful, amazing
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  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.”
  • Paul Cezanne
    Paul Cezanne
    “With an apple I will astonish Paris.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.”
  • Saying
    “Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.”
  • Andre Maurois
    “In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the earlier form, Astone; O. Fr. estoner; L. attonāre, to strike with a thunderbolt.


In literature:

Astonished at such an attack, he struck out at them with many strange oaths.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
The Puritan boy and girl looked at her with astonishment; they had not seen this side of her before.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
O'Mino eyed him with astonishment.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Profuse and earnest were his astonished thanks.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The soldiers stand still in astonishment.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The astonishment of the children rose to the highest pitch, and there was no end to their conjectures.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
All this while Tom Drift had said nothing, but had stood regarding first my master, and then me, with mingled amusement, pity, and astonishment.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
We could see he was taken aback and utterly astonished to see Mr Ladislaw and Miss Henniker at liberty and us once more at our old tasks.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Big James showed no astonishment.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
We can converse with such people in a way that astonishes us, although meeting them, perhaps, for the first time.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The Count, much astonished, stopped the beadle, who happened to come out of the vestry at that moment, and asked the meaning of it all.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Perez opened the note, and appeared a little astonished.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
The young girl woke up, uneasily conscious of a stranger's gaze, and looked at her with astonishment and momentary alarm.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
That with such an irregular management the income of the estate diminished year by year, astonished no one but himself.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
The portraits themselves seemed to be staring in astonishment.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The children stared with astonishment at the unexpected interruption.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
The energy with which she set about it astonished me.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
And he was astonished by what awaited.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Lilly stood there lost in pity and astonishment.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
She was not long in pouncing upon the astonished prey.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes

In poetry:

Coldly she left me, astonish'd and weeping,
Standing alone 'mid the legions she bless'd:
Down, ever downward, half gliding, half creeping,
Stole the sweet Unda in oceanward quest.
"The Bride Of The Sea" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Angels with their eyes pursued him,
When he left his glorious throne;
With astonishment they viewed him
Put the form of servant on:
Angels worshipped him who was on earth unknown.
"On One Stone Shall Be Seven Eyes" by John Newton
O lovely's each fresco, and most picturesque O;
And while round the chamber astonished I go,
I think Dan Maclise's it baits all the pieces
Surrounding the cottage of famed Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The boy look'd astonish'd, but made no reply--
Then turning to two men who chanc'd to stand by,
And scratching his hair near as smooth as his hay,
Stepp'd forward--"Pray what did the Gentleman say?"
"The Art Of Speaking" by William Hutton
From rock to rock, through cloven scalp,
By rivers rushing to the sea,
With thunderous sound his army wound
The heaven supporting hills around;
Like that the Man of Destiny
Led down the astonished Alp.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Keepe on your maske, and hide your eye,
For with beholding you I dye:
Your fatall beauty, Gorgon-like,
Dead with astonishment will strike;
Your piercing eyes if them I see
Are worse than basilisks to mee.
"Keepe On Your Maske And Hide Your Eye" by William Strode

In news:

Astonishing revival of 'Who's Afraid?'.
' Astonishing change' in Palmer Park.
Sex, lies and politics: Arnold Schwarzenegger's astonishing lifelong pattern of secrets.
Astonishing 'pool in the sky' No.
' Astonishing ' Artic Ice Melt Sets New Record.
' Astonishing ' Arctic ice melt sets new record.
'What they are doing is astonishing '.
What an astonishing thing a book is.
The astonishing diets of Olympians.
Five astonishing summer food ideas from Chattanooga chefs.
MI5 fighting ' astonishing ' level of cyber-attacks.
'Game of Thrones' wraps up astonishing season, Adele performs live in London.
This place I'm going to show you will be astonishingly beautiful.
Famous Artists' 'Cirque Dreams Illumination ' offers laughs and astonishing skills.
Edison police produce astonishing record of misconduct .

In science:

Several narrow absorption features are visible throughout this range in addition to an astonishing absorption feature at –105 km s−1 .
HI line measurements of pulsars towards the Galactic Centre and the electron density in the inner Galaxy
Some phenomenological studies seem to indicate an astonishingly large effect in the S–wave (when comparing elastic scattering and CEX data via a triangle relation), but a complete CHPT calculation including virtual photons to settle this issue is not yet available but has to be done.
Goldstone boson-nucleon dynamics: Working group summary and outlook
The historic achievement of LEP has been to establish, with an astonishing degree of rigor and beyond all reasonable doubt, what will stand for the foreseeable future – perhaps for all time – as the working Theory of Matter.
Future Summary
This astonishing effect has been observed in a series of beautiful experiments.
Quantum Phenomena in Low-Dimensional Systems
During the last years the face of biology has changed dramatically and new knowledge is acquired at an astonishing rate.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
Times are changing. We now live in the Internet era, where decisions cannot be made quickly enough, and there is a perception that anyone who does not jump on the technology bandwagon is going to be left far behind. Businesses are moving online at astonishing speed.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
The fact that gravitational perturbations of Liouville’s equation can be cast purely in temperature perturbations of the original distribution is not astonishing.
The theory of CMB anisotropies
The time-independence of Quantum Mechanics is probably its most astonishing feature.
Is there a real time ordering behind the nonlocal correlations?
This is a quite astonishing result because the 3BF introduces a strong density and isospin dependence, making the nucleon-nucleon (N N ) interaction quite different from the pure 2BF.
Microscopic three-body force for asymmetric nuclear matter
It is conceivable that an expected increase of λf with system size is counterbalanced by an increase of the expansion rate, however, a quantitative cancellation over the full centrality range is astonishing.
Correlations and Fluctuations
In a quantum world we can explore plenty of parallel simultaneous evolutions of the system and a clever final measurement may bring into existence astonishing and classically inaccessible solutions -.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
From the data however, it is clear that the subpulse position over the null does not change much at all – on the contrary, it is the preservation of phase that is the astonishing phenomenon.
Radio Pulsars
Astonishingly for Dublin, delegates encountered only one day of rain, allowing us to have lunch and coffee in the RDS grounds most days and enjoy what passes for good weather here.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
While the effects of new physics at atomic energy scales are tiny, modern laser spectroscopy allows measurements of astonishing precision, sufficient to detect the subtle influence of new fundamental physics.
Searching for New Physics Through AMO Precision Measurements
While Grover’s algorithm did not provide an astonishing speed up as Shor’s algorithm, the widespread applicability of the search-based problem has excited significant interest in Grover’s algorithm .
Analysis of the damped quantum search and its application to the one-dimensional Ising system