stark

Definitions

  • James H Stark
    James H Stark
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stark devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment "the blunt truth","the crude facts","facing the stark reality of the deadline"
    • adj stark providing no shelter or sustenance "bare rocky hills","barren lands","the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes","the desolate surface of the moon","a stark landscape"
    • adj stark without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers "an arrant fool","a complete coward","a consummate fool","a double-dyed villain","gross negligence","a perfect idiot","pure folly","what a sodding mess","stark staring mad","a thoroughgoing villain","utter nonsense","the unadulterated truth"
    • adj stark complete or extreme "stark poverty","a stark contrast"
    • adj stark severely simple "a stark interior"
    • adv stark completely "stark mad","mouth stark open"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stark Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire. "Consider the stark security
      The common wealth is in now."
    • Stark Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright. "He pronounces the citation stark nonsense.""Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no medium in rhetoric."
    • Stark Severe; violent; fierce. "In starke stours"
    • Stark Stiff; rigid. "Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark .""His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone.""Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
      Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies."
      "The north is not so stark and cold."
    • Stark Strong; vigorous; powerful. "A stark , moss-trooping Scot.""Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer."
    • v. t Stark To stiffen. "If horror have not starked your limbs."
    • adv Stark stärk Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mad.☞ According to Professor Skeat, “stark-naked” is derived from steort-naked, or start-naked, literally tail-naked, and hence wholly naked. If this etymology be true the preferable form is stark-naked. "Held him strangled in his arms till he was stark dead.""Strip your sword stark naked ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stark Stiff; rigid, as in death.
    • stark Stubborn; stiff; severe.
    • stark Stout; stalwart; strong; powerful.
    • stark Great; long.
    • stark Entire; perfect; utter; downright; sheer; pure; mere.
    • stark Wholly; entirely; absolutely: used with a few particular adjectives, as stark dead, stark blind, stark drunk, stark mad, stark naked, rarely with other adjectives.
    • stark To make stark, stiff, or rigid, as in death.
    • stark Naked; bare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stark stärk stiff: gross: absolute: entire: naked, an abbreviation of Stark′-nā′ked, quite naked, which is really a corr. of M. E. start-naked=tail-naked (A.S. steort, a tail)
    • adv Stark absolutely: completely
    • v.t Stark to make stark, as in death
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Quotations

  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
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    “Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stark, stiff, strong, AS. stearc,; akin to OS. starc, strong, D. sterk, OHG. starc, starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. stærk, Icel. sterkr, Goth. gastaúrknan, to become dried up, Lith. strëgti, to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. Starch (a.) & (n.)

Usage

In literature:

And the whole wide street was stark awake.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
There was something stark about Hazlitt pulling her out of the street mob and holding her arm.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
William Anderson, Robert Lamb, James Finlayson, James Hunter, James Raveleson, and Helen Stark.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
We wandered down long, stark passages, seeking our door.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
But Jack Stark, our Redwine annual, was too much the other way.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
There was a loud report, and the watch-dog, without so much as a yelp, fell to the ground stiff and stark.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
For all his long acquaintance with a stark and remorseless Nature, he remained an optimist.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
But Mrs. Stark pretended not to hear, and talked very loud of something else.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
The wolf howl affected Shady in a similar way, its stark savagery clashing discordantly with the dog strain in her.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
By sundown the cow was stark dead.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
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In poetry:

I arose; and in the darkness
Wan beneath the haunted sky,
I have seen it, cold to starkness,--
My dead love go weeping by.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Dead love, by treason slain, lies stark,
White as a dead stark-stricken dove:
None that pass by him pause to mark
Dead love.
"Dead Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"There lies, beside his master's heart,
The Douglas, stark and grim;
And woe is me I should be here,
Not side by side with him!
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
They rise and sink and drift and swing,
Twitterless in the chill;
A-haste, for stark is the coming dark
Over the wet of the hill.
"Storm-Twilight" by Cale Young Rice
But when they came to Signy’s bower
Low it lay in embers red;
And when they came to the gallows tree,
Hafbur was stark and dead.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
Then all afire with mad desire,
They chased him through the dark,
And each soul carried his dead bodie,
Grim, and stiff, and stark.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham

In news:

In the stark, black-and-white ad, Woods looks directly into the camera without speaking while a recording of his late father is heard, speaking about taking responsibility.
On Friday, a blog post on ESPNDallas.com from Jayson Stark detailed how Roy Oswalt would not be signing with the Texas Rangers.
Tune-in to "Stark's Afternoon Party from 2p-7p" Weekdays.
If you think you know movies, you can play "Stark's Stolen Soundbyte" EVERY WEEKDAY just after 4pm for your chance to win.
Jürgen Stark, a member of the ECB's executive board, has been a vocal critic of the central bank's bond buying program.
The changing of the guard in Washington will have a bigger impact on Stark County next year than it has had in decades.
1230a-7b, and the Stark Law, 42 U.S.C.
Rick Santorum's win in the Louisiana primary told us a lot of things we already knew about Mitt Romney's problems — in very stark terms.
In his honor, Jayson Stark took a look at Jones' career, causing a few readers to get teary-eyed.
Relievers are usually locked out of the major MLB awards, but Jayson Stark is making the case for Reds fireballer Aroldis Chapman.
Led by Council Member Stark, St Paul moves toward easing commercial parking requirements.
Press Fest draws crowd to Stark Field in El Centro.
Sanaa Lathan reprises her New York City role of a maid-turned-movie star in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark starting Sept 18 as the Lynn Nottage's comedy makes its West Coast premiere at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The Florida Times Union reports the boy was found dead inside the tank after going missing from his Starke home Wednesday evening.
'Iron Man 2': Shellhead 's Back, but the Stark Is Gone.
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In science:

The classical dynamics of the Stark system has already been discussed in detail .
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
This is in stark contrast to the case of Bernoulli random graphs.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
This is in stark contrast to the σM ≃0.6 scatter in mass that we detect in §6.2.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Eq. 4 are equal and the two dots Stark shift into resonance under the action of the laser.
Creating excitonic entanglement in quantum dots through the optical Stark effect
Otherwise, we treat the scattering in the same way, by including only the Stark and dipole-dipole interactions, along with the hyperfine structure.
Ultracold Collisions of Fermionic OD Radicals
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