stuff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stuff fill with a stuffing while cooking "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"
    • v stuff fill tightly with a material "stuff a pillow with feathers"
    • v stuff treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting "stuff a bearskin"
    • v stuff overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself "She stuffed herself at the dinner","The kids binged on ice cream"
    • v stuff obstruct "My nose is all stuffed","Her arteries are blocked"
    • v stuff cram into a cavity "The child stuffed candy into his pockets"
    • v stuff press or force "Stuff money into an envelope","She thrust the letter into his hand"
    • n stuff miscellaneous unspecified objects "the trunk was full of stuff"
    • n stuff unspecified qualities required to do or be something "the stuff of heros","you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine"
    • n stuff a critically important or characteristic component "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
    • n stuff senseless talk "don't give me that stuff"
    • n stuff information in some unspecified form "it was stuff I had heard before","there's good stuff in that book"
    • n stuff informal terms for personal possessions "did you take all your clobber?"
    • n stuff the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object "coal is a hard black material","wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pepsi originally contained pepsin, (the same stuff in pepcid AC) thus the name
    • Stuff A medicine or mixture; a potion.
    • Stuff (Naut) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.
    • Stuff Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils. "He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff ."
    • Stuff Material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture. "For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.""Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff .""The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,
      And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill."
    • Stuff Paper stock ground ready for use.
    • Stuff Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash. "Anger would indite
      Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write."
    • Stuff The fundamental material of which anything is made up; elemental part; essence. "Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience
      To do no contrived murder."
    • Stuff To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
    • v. i Stuff To feed gluttonously; to cram. "Taught harmless man to cram and stuff ."
    • Stuff To fill by being pressed or packed into. "With inward arms the dire machine they load,
      And iron bowels stuff the dark abode."
    • Stuff To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick. "Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown,
      And stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown."
      "Lest the gods, for sin,
      Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin."
    • Stuff To fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; -- said of birds or other animals.
    • Stuff (Cookery) To fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey.
    • Stuff To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material. "An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal."
    • Stuff To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration. "I'm stuffed , cousin; I can not smell."
    • Stuff To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
    • Stuff To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack. "Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together . . . and they retain smell and color."
    • Stuff Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber. "What stuff wilt have a kirtle of?""It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though, superior kinds were of silk exclusively."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
    • n stuff Substance or material in some definite state, form, or situation; any particular kind, mass, or aggregation of matter or things; material in some distinct or limited sense, whether raw, or wrought or to be wrought into form.
    • n stuff Incorporeal or psychical substance of some special kind; that which arises from or constitutes mind, character, or quality; any immaterial effluence, influence, principle, or essence. See mind-stuff.
    • n stuff Goods; possessions in a general sense; baggage: now chiefly in the phrase household stuff.
    • n stuff Something made up, or prepared or designed, for some specific use. Woven material; a textile fabric of any kind; specifically, a woolen fabric.
    • n stuff A preparation of any kind to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
    • n stuff Ready money; cash; means in general.
    • n stuff A preparation or composition for use in some industrial process or operation.
    • n stuff Among the many things technically known as stuff in this sense are ground paper-stock ready for use, the material before the final preparation being called half-stock;
    • n stuff the composition of tallow with various oils, wax, etc. (also called dubbing), used in a hot state by curriers to fill the pores of leather;
    • n stuff the similar composition of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and other parts of wooden ships are smeared for preservation;
    • n stuff the mixture of alum and salt used by bakers for whitening bread. For others, see phrases below.
    • n stuff Unwrought matter; raw material to be worked over, or to be used in making or producing something: as, bread stuffs (see bread-stuff); food stuff; rough stuff (for carpenters' use); the vein-stuff of mines.
    • n stuff Refuse or useless material; that which is to be rejected or east aside; in mining, attle or rubbish.
    • n stuff Intellectual trash or rubbish; foolish or irrational expression; fustian; twaddle: often in the exclamatory phrase stuff and nonsense!
    • n stuff Supply or amount of something; stock; provision; quantity; extent; vigor.
    • stuff Made of stuff, especially of light woolen fabric.
    • stuff To fill with any kind of stuff or loose material; cram full; load to excess; crowd with something: as, to stuff the ears with cotton.
    • stuff Specifically, to fill with stuffing or packing; cram the cavity of with material suitable for the special use or occasion: as, to stuff a cushion or a bedtick; to stuff a turkey or a leg of veal for roasting.
    • stuff To cause to appear stuffed; puff or swell out; distend.
    • stuff To fill the prepared skin of (an animal), for the purpose of restoring and preserving its natural form and appearance: the process includes wiring and mounting. See taxidermy and stuffing, n., 3.
    • stuff Figuratively, to fill, cram, or crowd with something of an immaterial nature: as, to stuff a poem with mawkish sentiment.
    • stuff To use as stuffing or filling; dispose of by crowding, cramming, or packing.
    • stuff To constitute a filling for: be crowded into; occupy so as to fill completely.
    • stuff To apply stuff to; treat with stuff, in some technical sense. See stuff, n., 4 .
    • stuff To stock or supply; provide with a quota or outfit; furnish; replenish.
    • stuff To deceive with humorous intent; gull.
    • stuff To eat greedily; play the glutton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Chop Suey' translates to something like 'pieces of meat' and was invented by Chinese railroad workers who didn't know how to cook anything except to 'chop stuff up and fry it'
    • n Stuff stuf materials of which anything is made: that which fills anything: essence, elemental part: textile fabrics, cloth, esp. when woollen: something trifling, worthless, or contemptible: a melted mass of turpentine, tallow, &c. used for paying masts, planks, &c.: a medicinal mixture: boards for building:
    • v.t Stuff to fill by crowding: to fill very full: to press in: to crowd: to cram, as with nonsense or lies: to obstruct: to cause to bulge out by filling: to fill with seasoning, as a fowl: to fill the skin of a dead animal, so as to reproduce its living form
    • v.i Stuff to feed gluttonously: to practise taxidermy
    • n Stuff stuf (slang) money: worthless matter: possessions generally, esp. household furniture, &c
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Quotations

  • A. E. Housman
    A. E. Housman
    “Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.”
  • Bob Dylan
    Bob%20Dylan
    “Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.”
  • Robert Browning
    Robert%20Browning
    “I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on.”

Idioms

Don't sweat the small stuff - (USA) This is used to tell people not to worry about trivial or unimportant issues.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stoffen,; cf. OF. estoffer, F. étoffer, to put stuff in, to stuff, to line, also, OF. estouffer, to stifle, F. étouffer,; both perhaps of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stop,. Cf. Stop (v. t.) Stuff (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estoffe (Fr. étoffe)—L. stuppa, tow.

Usage

In literature:

Stuff in the glass is easier to take and won't leave you groggy.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Somehow, a shorthand man doesn't get pep into his stuff, take it from me.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Perhaps the stuff in that little bottle had done something queer to him.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
Now they got the punk with the zip and much other stuff, real stuff.
"The Day of the Boomer Dukes" by Frederik Pohl
But she isn't showing a fraction of the stuff she's really got.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
I don't see why she keeps reading the stuff to us.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
And he could see that there was no ragged stuff on the spot he had selected.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
But the stuff that's written there is the stuff that comes out of Garstaing's rotten head.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
You don't try any of that grand lady stuff with me, d'ye hear?
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
You had to have that security stuff!
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
But when you start that stuff, you got to keep it up.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
That's all stuff and pretension.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
If he must stuff an owl, please, please let him stuff a strange owl.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
They're on our side, and his stuff is pretty good, isn't it?
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
A thin woollen stuff, of which the ship's colours, flags, and signals are usually made.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He, in memory, saw her face, her mouth, and her eyes through the thick stuff that hid them.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
An' a little hundred-proof stuff to take the alkali out of your throats.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Never mind the stuff now.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
They must park the stuff there until the truck comes!
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Peaches we have in any quantity; and the cider they make is capital stuff.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
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In poetry:

Eyes more blue than e'er the sky was;
Lalage's was subtler stuff;
Still, you used to think that I was
Fair enough.
"Renunciation" by Dorothy Parker
So, if I now should utter this,
Others (because no more
Such stuff to work upon, there is,)
Would love but as before.
"The Undertaking" by John Donne
And in the fall the fleecy stuff
Would fill the earth like snow,
The harvesters would cry enough,
And farming it paid Joe.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Have high words kept me pure enough?
In evil have I no part?
Hath not my bosom "perilous stuff
That weighs upon the heart"?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Comparisons are foolish stuff,
When they are found untrue;
There's no two things are farther off,
Than Bacchus is from you.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
Canst thou say in thine heart
Thou hast seen with thine eyes
With what cunning of art
Thou wast wrought in what wise,
By what force of what stuff thou wast shapen, and shown on my breast to the skies?
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

That stuff was everywhere in the '90s and even made a star out of the "Snapple Lady".
Phish, the dead, lots of good stuff.
I have several pieces of the stuff, so I took note.
And stuff your parents don't understand.
NEW CASTLE — Where does all my stuff go.
Margo Cheroute and Rose Whitlock are lovers of all things vintage and the art of shopping for the good stuff.
Stuff that didn't make the Weekender Calendar deadline that might interest you.
Stuff's gonna hit the fan on Saturday.
" "Call Jen," or tell your little sister to stay away from your stuff.
In fact, everybody not named Bill Murray would be gang tackled by police if they attempted even half of the stuff he pulls off at big time events.
Stuffing: To stuff or not to stuff.
Ask Craig Thornton what he plans to do with this stuff and he'll answer, "I don't know".
"I'm never hungry," said Campbell, a 35-year-old freelance TV producer from New York City who was cleansing not to lose weight, but because he usually eats "a lot of bad stuff" like burgers, fries and Philly cheesesteaks.
Students strut their stuff as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader leads them in an activity, Jan 21, at Mike Davis Elementary.
This comes easier to him than the domestic stuff, which leads to one line of Diesel dialogue that kind of sums up the movie: "I don't do cookies.".
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In science:

The evaluation of such an uncertainty turns out to be a particularly severe problem whenever considering precision calculations for the Z 0 resonance, since the higher-order contributions depend in a highly non-trivial way on the whole stuff of radiative corrections in the SM (weak, QCD, mixed ew/QCD, QED).
Precision Physics at LEP
Given the challenge of this problem, a number of authors considered the possibility that cosmic acceleration is not due to some kind of stuff, but rather arises from new gravitational physics (see discussion in ).
35 Years of Testing Relativistic Gravity: Where do we go from here?
Given the challenge of this problem, a number of authors considered the possibility that cosmic acceleration is not due to some kind of stuff, but rather arises from new gravitational physics (see discussion in [56, 57, 58, 59]).
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
If you tell someone that you work on Einstein stuff, you get a much friendlier reaction than if you say that you study differential equations or do LIGO data analysis.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
We will display the stuff in a slightly different manner 1 .
Arrays and the octahedron recurrence
Given the challenge of this problem, a number of authors considered the possibility that cosmic acceleration is not due to some kind of stuff, but rather arises from new gravitational physics (see discussion in , , , ).
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
Lots of dust (we won’t vote on all, most, much) forms in the expanding atmospheres of cool asymptotic giant branch stars, and you get different stuff depending on whether C/O in the atmosphere is greater than or less than one (Steinfadt et al. 2005 on UY Cen).
Astrophysics in 2006
To a very considerable extent, the processes they identified are still seen as dominating production of the stuff we live with.
Astrophysics in 2006
Whatever the dark stuff is, there are a few galaxies made only of it according to Karachentsev et al. (2006a).
Astrophysics in 2006
Ultraviolet can also mean softer stuff from the Lyman limit to 1750 ˚A.
Astrophysics in 2006
They, to a considerable extent, account for our nearly 600 km s−1 motion relative to the rest frame of the background radiation, though there was some disagreement about how far out you have to look to see all the relevant stuff.
Astrophysics in 2006
That’s a tall order. I’m wondering just who it is who would know all this stuff but still need to learn something about the Cauchy and Riemann integrals.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
It is long and difficult and packed with lots of stuff: Schr¨odinger equation, Fourier transform in the Schwartz space, Trotter product formula, semigroups of linear operators.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
They own stuff, which they keep an inventory of. 2.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
A process, or transformation in one agent is a change of some stuff in the inventories of a single agent. 2. A trade, in which two agents exchange two goods. 3.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
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