stun

Definitions

  • A stunning blow from the big Greek lexicon
    A stunning blow from the big Greek lexicon
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stun make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow "stun fish"
    • v stun hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag
    • v stun overcome as with astonishment or disbelief "The news stunned her"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse
    • n Stun The condition of being stunned.
    • Stun To astonish; to overpower; to bewilder. "William was quite stunned at my discourse."
    • Stun To dull or deaden the sensibility of; to overcome; especially, to overpower one's sense of hearing. "And stunned him with the music of the spheres."
    • Stun To make senseless or dizzy by violence; to render senseless by a blow, as on the head. "One hung a poleax at his saddlebow,
      And one a heavy mace to stun the foe."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Around the 16th century the Yo-Yo was used by Philipinos to stun prey from trees.
    • stun To strike the ears of rudely, as it were by blows of sound; shock the hearing or the sense of; stupefy or bewilder by distracting noise.
    • stun To strike with stupor physically, as by a blow or violence of any kind; deprive, of consciousness or strength.
    • stun To benumb; stupefy; deaden.
    • stun To strike with astonishment; astound; amaze.
    • n stun A stroke; a shock; a stupefying blow, whether physical or mental; a stunning effect.
    • n stun In marble-working, one of the deep marks made by coarse particles of sand gelling between the saw-blade and the side of the kerf.
    • stun In stone-cutting, to injure by blows; bruise, as a stone, in such a way that splinters will drop off when the surface is cut or exposed to frost.
    • n stun A patch on the surface of a block of stone where the material has been injured by a heavy blow. Compare stun, transitive verb, 5.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Stun stun to stupefy or astonish with a loud noise, or with a blow: to surprise completely: to amaze
    • pr.p Stun stun′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. stunned
    • n Stun a stroke, shock, stupefying blow
    • adj Stun very striking, astonishing
    • ***

Quotations

  • Herman Melville
    Herman%20Melville
    “The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stonien, stownien,; either fr. AS. stunian, to resound (cf. D. stenen, to groan, G. stöhnen, Icel. stynja, Gr. , Skr. stan, to thunder, and E. thunder,), or from the same source as E. astonish,. √168

Usage

In literature:

He lay almost stunned on his couch, quite regardless of the storm.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had quite forgotten it until the doctor's statement fell upon him with the stunning violence of a thunder-clap.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
The dog was stunned, but he held fast to this piece of the fellow's trousers.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
Then, with a roar and a confusion which stunned the senses, the Thing struck!
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
When he got to his feet, slightly stunned by his fall, the shooting had stopped.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
He was stunned and speechless.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Two of the riders lay stunned.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Elsie felt suddenly stunned as by a blow.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
He had the feeling that everything was all wrong, somehow, and that any use of stun guns or spanners would just make everything worse.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Well, I'm about stunned.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
I saw that you were a bit stunned, and I thought it but fair that you should have time to calm down.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
You know you're a stunning-looking fellow.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Stunned and deafened, she flattened herself under a slight overhang.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
Brick felt a stunning pain, and immediately lost consciousness.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Johnnie saw, but he was too stunned and scared to think of any way out of his difficulty.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
You had been stunned by the awful force with which you were hurled on the rock.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Hit him with a stun gun when he tried to get out through the fire exit.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
The silence after his fall was as stunning as thunder.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then, like one stunned and fascinated, she stared down upon Kedsty again.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
It had so stunned and angered him to meet her intent on entering a gambling-hall that he was tormented the whole night.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
***

In poetry:

And there I lay, stunned, stupefied,
Nor asked for comfort more;
My heart to hopeless, blank despair
Itself had given o'er.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
"But from the hills with stunning sound
The dashing torrents fall;
Loud is the raging tempest round,
And mocks a lover's call.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
And with a heart confused and stunned I cast my gaze into the depths,
Whence sinking every moment deeper,
I never will return.
"My Face Turned Upwards To The Sky" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
My heart swims blind in a sea
That stuns me; swims to and fro,
And gathers to windward and lee
Lamentation, and mourning, and woe.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"Alas! alas! I know not what to do,
If I run fast it is perchance that I
May fall and stun myself, much better so,
Never, never again! not even when I die."
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
I thought I should have fainted, but I did not faint;
I stood stunned at the moment, scarcely sad,
Till I raised my wail of desolate complaint
For you, my cousin, brother, all I had.
"Lady Maggie" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Stunning Fall for Main Street's Brokerage Firm .
Over the course of those 120 minutes, no less than ten stunning new catchphrases were born.
Didn't catch any fish but the sunset was stunning.
Renee Zellweger looks stunning in her latest advertising campaign for Tommy Hilfiger.
Today, a chickadee stunned itself by flying into a window.
Prep's Johnson raises his game Stunning chip-in helps Sebastianelli advance to golf regional.
2 men attack 19-year-old woman with stun gun.
Community makes changes after teen attacked with stun gun.
Last week I caught the stunning dance Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet.
'Melancholia': Second Trailer Shows Stunning Cinematography (Video).
Actor Jim Carrey has his eye on this stunning penthouse in the ClockTower .
Actor Jim Carrey has his eye on this stunning penthouse in the ClockTower.
What is so stunning about the position we are in today.
'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Shawn Johnson stuns judges with eye-popping performance.
KRISTEN STEWART Stewart is stunning, but her eyebrows have unfulfilled potential.
***

In science:

Perhaps the most stunning thing about NSs is the fact that we can actually make measurements that, directly or indirectly, probe the above properties.
Young Neutron Stars and Their Wind Nebulae
In addition to these direct experiments, there was the Dirac equation of quantum mechanics and its prediction of anti-particles and spin; later would come the stunningly successful relativistic theory of quantum electrodynamics.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
The agreement of the two observations is stunning, not just because of the precision, but because of the concordance of two results derived by totally unrelated ways to probe the early Universe.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
It is about 100 times stronger than the electromagnetic force, a factor of 1014 stronger than the Weak Interaction, and a stunning factor of 1040 stronger1 than the Gravitational Force, calculated for two quarks at a distance of order 1 fm.
Experimental Tests of Asymptotic Freedom
The reason for this stunning behavior is a Pauli suppression effect.
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
It is stunning that all cosmological measurements, no matter the method or ob ject under study, support this basic picture.
Matters of Gravity, The Newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society, Volume 32, Fall 2008
PNe have a stunning variety of shapes, most of which are not spherically symmetric.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
Together these observations have led to a stunning confirmation of the ‘Standard Model of Cosmology.’ In combination with other astrophysical data, the CMB anisotropy measurements place quite precise constraints on a number of cosmological parameters, and have launched us into an era of precision cosmology.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-review
Apart form studying these properties, [K5] also contains the proof of the following stunning result concerning the ordinary metric approximation property (MAP).
Nigel Kalton's work in isometrical Banach space theory
The early returns resulting from the discovery and study of variable stars were stunning.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
It is fair to say that stunning progress has occurred in the last couple of years, as it is re flected in the latest results presented during this edition of the Quark Matter conference. A significant fraction of the discussions focused on the shape of the initial energy density of the collision in terms of fluctuations.
Global variables and correlations: Summary of the results presented at the Quark Matter 2012 conference
The isoscalar central attraction produced by chiral two-pion exchange is stunningly close to the sum of the individually large phenomenological σ -attraction and ω -repulsion.
Peripheral Nucleon-Nucleon Phase Shifts and Chiral Symmetry
The reward is that, after the scan, the Higgs-boson mass will be known with an uncertainty of ∆MH ≈ σ√s ≈ 2 MeV/c2 , which is quite stunning.
Physics with a Millimole of Muons
Again and again we were treated to stunning views of the Magellanic Clouds in wavelength after wavelength.
Proceedings of the Bonn/Bochum-Graduiertenkolleg Workshop 'The Magellanic Clouds and Other Dwarf Galaxies'
The interplay between SUSY, singularity theory, and the theory of the renormalization group in these examples, is a stunning illustration of the power of M-theory .
M Theory and Cosmology
***