stiff

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stiff very drunk
    • adj stiff incapable of or resistant to bending "a rigid strip of metal","a table made of rigid plastic","a palace guardsman stiff as a poker","stiff hair","a stiff neck"
    • adj stiff rigidly formal "a starchy manner","the letter was stiff and formal","his prose has a buckram quality"
    • adj stiff not moving or operating freely "a stiff hinge"
    • adj stiff having a strong physiological or chemical effect "a potent toxin","potent liquor","a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
    • adj stiff marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable "firm convictions","a firm mouth","steadfast resolve","a man of unbendable perseverence","unwavering loyalty"
    • adj stiff powerful "a stiff current","a stiff breeze"
    • adv stiff in a stiff manner "his hands lay stiffly"
    • adv stiff extremely "bored stiff","frightened stiff"
    • n stiff the dead body of a human being "the cadaver was intended for dissection","the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse","the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river","honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
    • n stiff an ordinary man "a lucky stiff","a working stiff"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stiff (Naut) Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to crank.
    • Stiff Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
    • Stiff Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear. "This is stiff news."
    • Stiff Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints. "They] rising on stiff pennons, tower
      The mid aërial sky."
    • Stiff Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary. "It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument.""A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause, Stiff to defend their hospitable laws."
    • Stiff Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff .
    • Stiff Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style. "The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff , ceremonious, and reserved."
    • Stiff Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stiff Rigid; not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not flaccid: as, stiff paper; a cravat stiff with starch.
    • stiff Not fluid: thick and tenacious; neither soft nor hard: as, a stiff batter; stiff clay.
    • stiff Drawn tight; tense: as, a stiff cord.
    • stiff Not easily bent: not to be moved without great friction or exertion; not working smoothly or easily.
    • stiff Not natural and easy in movement; not flowing or graceful; cramped; constrained: as, a stiff style of writing or speaking.
    • stiff Rigidly ceremonious; formal in manner; constrained; affected; unbending; starched: as, a stiff deportment.
    • stiff Strong and steady in motion: as, a stiff breeze.
    • stiff Strong; lusty; stanch, both physically and mentally.
    • stiff Strong: said of an alcoholic drink, or mixed drink of which spirit forms a part.
    • stiff Firm in resistance or persistence; obstinate; stubborn; pertinacious.
    • stiff Hard to receive or accept; hard to bear.
    • stiff Hard to master or overcome; very difficult: as, a stiff examination in mathematics.
    • stiff Nautical, bearing a press of canvas or of wind without careening much; tending to keep upright: as, a stiff vessel; a stiff keel: opposed to crank.
    • stiff High; steep: as, a stiff price.
    • stiff Unyielding; firm: said of prices, markets, etc.: as, the wheat-market is stiff.
    • stiff Rigid as in death; dead.
    • stiff Synonyms Unbending, unyielding.
    • stiff Prim, punctilious.
    • stiff Inflexible, uncompromising.
    • n stiff A dead body; a corpse.
    • n stiff In hatting, a stiffener.
    • n stiff Negotiable paper.
    • n stiff Forged paper.
    • stiff To become or grow stiff. To become upright or strong.
    • stiff To become obstinate or stubborn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stiff stif not easily bent: rigid: not liquid: rather hard than soft: not easily overcome: obstinate: not natural and easy: constrained: formal: hard to overcome, difficult: firm, of prices, &c.: dead, rigid in death:
    • n Stiff (slang) a corpse: negotiable paper: forged paper
    • v.i Stiff to become stiff: to become less impressible or more obstinate
    • adj Stiff stif (naut.) keeping upright
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.”
  • Meg Greenfield
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    “Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.”
  • Emily Carr
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    “Twenty can't be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
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    “Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
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    “A hairy body, and arms stiff with bristles, give promise of a manly soul.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.”

Idioms

Stiff as a poker - Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)
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Stiff upper lip - (UK) If you keep your emotions to yourself and don't let others know how you feel when something bad happens, you keep a stiff upper lip.
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Stiff-necked - A stiff-necked person is rather formal and finds it hard to relax in company.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stif, AS. stīf,; akin to D. stijf, G. steif, Dan. stiv, Sw. styf, Icel. stīfr, Lith. stipti, to be stiff; cf. L. stipes, a post, trunk of a tree, stipare, to press, compress. Cf. Costive Stifle Stipulate Stive to stuff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stíf, stiff; Dut. stijf, Dan. stiv.

Usage

In literature:

All these tapers gives stiffness where it is most needed.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
She was growing stiff and cramped, yet dared not move much.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
A stiff breeze was blowing, and the watch were on deck, ready for reducing sail or any emergency.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
But Dick seemed to feel a certain stiffness in their welcome that was unusual.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
Mash freshly boiled potatoes, add one egg and flour to make a stiff dough.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
Indeed, throat stiffness is one of the most serious difficulties of modern Voice Culture.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The dog was laid upon a table, with his legs stuck out which he made as stiff as possible.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
He was ungenial, ungainly, with large hands and feet, with poor eyesight and a stiff address.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They was scared stiff, too stiff to talk.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
An' I'm gettin' stiff.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
The animal is stiff and not inclined to turn round; the ribs are kept in a fixed state as much as possible.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It had apparently been a stiff show.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Corsets boned with whalebone, horn or steel are necessarily stiff, rigid and uncomfortable.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
She means well, but she is liable to forget that a stiff-limbed bachelor of fifty prefers quiet to strenuous sports.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
I sat up stiff with cold.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Keep a stiff upper lip!
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
My knees are so stiff now I can hardly move.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
But the mint stood silent and stiff, as she listened to him.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I shall withdraw now and compose a stiff note to him.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
She took the best seat, and sat up stiff and straight.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
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In poetry:

The naked and stiff branches
Of oak, elm, thorn,
In the cold light are like men aged and
Forlorn.
"Last Hours" by John Freeman
So I, as I grow stiff and cold
To this and that say Good-bye too;
And everybody sees that I am old
But you.
"A Quoi Bon Dire" by Charlotte Mary Mew
She, who so long has lain
Stone-stiff with folded wings,
Within my heart again
The brown bird wakes and sings.
"New Love, New Life" by Amy Levy
When it was — " Don't you take no sail off 'er"
The Ol' Man'd say,
Beard an' whiskers starin'
Stiff with frozen spray —
"What The Old Man Said" by Cicely Fox Smith
Sore wonder’d then the little elves,
Who sat within the hill,
To see their mother, all at once,
Stand likewise stiff and still:
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Kyng Estmere threwe the harpe asyde,
And swith he drew his brand;
And Estmere he, and Adler yonge,
Right stiffe in stour can stand.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British

In news:

The Rangers said Darvish felt the stiffness Tuesday morning, came in for treatment and still had stiffness .
Sox's Konerko sidelined with back stiffness .
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz left Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning with low back stiffness .
"He's stiff today," manager Dale Sveum said.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Russell Martin experienced more lower back stiffness yesterday in his first game back and isn't in tonight's starting lineup.
Astros bump Norris' start back two days with arm stiffness .
EPA/BRIAN BLANCO The Yankees are bringing Derek Jeter along slowly as he battles calf stiffness .
Derek Jeter is being brought along slowly from the calf stiffness that has had him sidelined since last Friday.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Lucas Duda continues to rest his stiff back.
"It's just stiff ," Duda said.
Lucas Duda was held out of the Mets lineup for the third-consecutive day due to stiffness in his back.
Mets' David Wright still dealing with back stiffness .
Reese Havens has missed the past few days due to a stiff back, which fits the unfortunate pattern of his career.
The Tigers had to scratch Magglio Ordonez from today's lineup, with what they described as minor stiffness in his left knee.
First thing in the morning the spine will be more mechanically stiff due to the swollen discs.
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In science:

Because spectral stiffness is a characteristic feature of RMT, it is natural to describe the chiral phase transition in terms of a random matrix model.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Hartmann, Scaling of Stiffness Energy for 3d ±J Ising Spin Glasses, Phys.
Computer Science in Physics
To check that the probability PF M (L, ∆) < 1 is not due to so called stiff spins, i.e., single spins for which hi ≥ 4J , we next derive an extreme statistics formula for their existence.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
This is true for distributions for which one can control the fraction of “stiff ” spins (i.e. hi > 4J ) systematically.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The question addressed here concerns the stiffness of interfaces.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
We consider this value as an upper limit because our simulated flows are not turbulent nor the stable region as stiff as in a real A-type star.
Looking Deep Within an A-type Star: Core Convection Under the Influence of Rotation
On the other hand, the long-range correlations give the surface a certain global stiffness.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
A quantity that presently attracts particular attention is the prefactor D of the δ−function, named the Drude weight or charge stiffness.
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems
Lz is the length of the sample in ˆz-direction, the spin stiffness ρs characterizes the energy cost for spiral order with wavectors close to the minimal value Q⋆ , and B is the in-plane magnetic field.
Persistent Spin Currents in Helimagnets
We conclude that spectral stiffness systematically enhances fidelity.
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
The scaling behavior of the spin stiffness is investigated for various disorder strengths.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
It measures the magnetization transport along the ring and in the fermionic language this is called the charge stiffness, which is the Drude weight of the conductivity.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
For instance when only one coupling exchange is weaker than the others in an otherwise homogeneous ring, the stiffness has been found to scale to zero by numerical studies , in perfect agreement with renormalization group arguments of Eggert and Affleck , and Kane and Fisher .
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
In particular the finite size (FS) dependence of the current, susceptibility and stiffness are important for a complete understanding of the experimental results.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
Magnitude of the FS corrections of the spin stiffness |ρS (L) − π−1 | for different choices of the twist angle φ calculated for the pure XX model [Eq.(9)].
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
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