astound

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v astound affect with wonder "Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Astound Stunned; astounded; astonished. "Thus Ellen, dizzy and astound .
      As sudden ruin yawned around."
    • Astound To astonish; to strike with amazement; to confound with wonder, surprise, or fear. "These thoughts may startle well, but not astound The virtuous mind."
    • Astound To stun; to stupefy. "No puissant stroke his senses once astound ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astound Astonished; confounded. See aston.
    • astound To astonish greatly; strike dumb with amazement; amaze; alarm.
    • astound Synonyms Surprise, Astonish, Amaze, etc. (see surprise); confound, stagger, dumfounder, stupefy, shock.
    • astound To cause astonishment; amaze; stun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Astound as-townd′ to amaze, to strike dumb with astonishment
    • pa.p Astound astound′ed; pr.p. astound′ing
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
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    “Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “You REAP what You SOW: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. astouned, astound, astoned, p. p. of astone,. See Astone

Usage

In literature:

When at last he raised his head, his expression astounded me.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
He, too, was astounded.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.
"America First" by Various
Rose drew back a moment astounded, one hand on the piano, her dress sweeping round her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Those on board of the Cristobal Colon were astounded at the action of the gun-boat.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Delgrado was astounded at first.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Everybody was dumb, astounded.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Astounded, almost incredulous, I glared at the vision.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Truly, poor Goliba had spoken the truth when he had promised that what we should witness would astound us.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
He drew a short breath which was close to a grunt of astounded recognition.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

Night. O you whose countenance, dissolved
in deepness, hovers above my face.
You who are the heaviest counterweight
to my astounding contemplation.
"Night (O you whose countenance)" by Rainer Maria Rilke
But now - you'll doubt my word, I know -
In a month they both returned, and lo!
Astounding fact! this happy pair
Took a gentlemanly residence in Canonbury Square!
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But through such strange illusions have they
passed
Who in life's pilgrimage have baffled striven--
Even death may prove unreal at the last,
And stoics be astounded into heaven.
"Epilogue" by Herman Melville
Where dashing cataracts astound,
And foaming shake the neighbouring ground,
And spread a hoary mist around,
With you I gaze!
And think, amid'st the deaf'ning sound,
On wisdom's ways.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Speechless all, as before, they stand.
Then a squire, young, gentle, gay,
Steps from his comrades' shrinking band,
Flinging his girdle and cloak away;
And all the women and men that surrounded
Gazed on the noble youth, astounded.
"The Diver" by George MacDonald
Therein you shall behold unshapen dooms,
And ghoul-astounding shadows of the tombs;
Oblivion, with eyes like poppy-buds,
Or love, with blossoms plucked in Devachan,
In stillness of the santal-pillared woods;
But nevermore the moiling world of man.
"Enchanted Mirrors" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

East Middle School's broadcast journalism students produce another astounding lip dub featuring the entire studenty body.
Oh my goodness an astounding write-up dude.
Astoundingly, that is what Obama did in Osawatomie, Kan.
The response to the first issue was astounding.
We would have thought our state was slammed by Hurricane Sandy if it weren't for the astounding damage inflicted farther up the East Coast.
This has got to be one of the most astounding medical mysteries we've ever heard: Brooke Greenberg possesses both the size and mental capacity of an infant, yet she's 16 years old.
But when word got out that Kabre was helping support dozens of family members in his home village in Burkina Faso, the people whom Kabre had come to know as his friends , pitched in at astounding levels.
Taking a trip outside Clark Air Force Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines in 1963, Paul Werner was astounded by what he was witnessing on Good Friday .
Taking a trip outside Clark Air Force Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines in 1963, Paul Werner was astounded by what he was witnessing on Good Friday.
That's because their children Jaclyn and Tony keep winning golf trophies at an astounding rate.
OXFORD ­– The Oxford Academy high school gym will bare witness to astounding feats of athleticism at 7 pm Friday.
A star large enough to fill Earth's orbit around the Sun and other astounding images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the world's greatest camera.
When we asked the same group if they believed they would " invent something that changed the world," an astounding 47 percent said, "yes.".
"Papa Says It's Safe": 20 Astounding Gun Ads.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy some, because while instant coffee makes a generally lousy cup of java , it can do astounding things for your cooking.
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In science:

The astounding discovery by Knizhnik, Polyakov, and Zamolodchikov of the “KPZ” map between critical exponents in the standard plane and in a random 2D metric led to the relation of the exponents found in to those of Onsager (see also ).
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Random walks arise in an astounding variety of problems in physics as well as mathematics, computer science, etc., and great progress has been made in solving many of their deep and subtle properties.
Unified Solution of the Expected Maximum of a Random Walk and the Discrete Flux to a Spherical Trap
The astounding discovery by Knizhnik, Polyakov, and Zamolodchikov of the “KPZ ” map between critical exponents in the standard plane a nd in a random 2D metric led to the relation of the exponents found in Ref. to those of Onsager (see also ).
Conformal Random Geometry
But while we have gained a hundred years of experience in dealing with quantum mechanical and relativistic laws and “ob jects”, the basic insights of modern physics remain astounding.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors
More recently, Planck’s distribution has appeared to fit with an astounding accuracy the cosmic microwave background (deviations are at most 50 per million1 ), thus opening the era of precision cosmology.
A blackbody is not a blackbox
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