• Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge
    Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stare fixate one's eyes "The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly"
    • v stare look at with fixed eyes "The students stared at the teacher with amazement"
    • n stare a fixed look with eyes open wide
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sits and stares at a doll A kitten sits and stares at a doll
Sat staring up at the busts Sat staring up at the busts
The Captain stares in outrage at the spilled rum The Captain stares in outrage at the spilled rum
A ghostly face stares out of a plain window A ghostly face stares out of a plain window

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of the shoe company Nike, got his first shoe idea after staring at a waffle iron. This gave him the idea of using squared spikes to make the shoes lighter
    • n Stare The act of staring; a fixed look with eyes wide open. "A dull and stupid stare ."
    • n Stare stâr (Zoöl) The starling.
    • stare To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, color, or brilliancy; as, staring windows or colors.
    • v. t Stare stâr To look earnestly at; to gaze at. "I will stare him out of his wits."
    • stare To look with fixed eyes wide open, as through fear, wonder, surprise, impudence, etc.; to fasten an earnest and prolonged gaze on some object. "For ever upon the ground I see thee stare .""Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare , nor fret."
    • stare To stand out; to project; to bristle. "Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare .""Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stare To gaze steadily with the eyes wide open; fasten an earnest and continued look on some object; gaze, as in admiration, wonder, surprise, stupidity, horror, fright, impudence, etc.
    • stare To stand out stiffly, as hair; be prominent; be stiff; stand on end; bristle.
    • stare To shine; glitter; be brilliant.
    • stare To be unduly conspicuous or prominent, as by excess of color or by ugliness. Compare staring, 3.
    • stare Synonyms Gaze, Gape, Stare, Gloat. Gaze is the only one of these words that may be used in an elevated sense. Gaze represents a fixed and prolonged look, with the mind absorbed in that which is looked at. To gape is in this connection to look with open mouth, and hence with the bumpkin's idle curiosity, listlessness, or ignorant wonder: one may gape at a single thing, or only gape about. Siare expresses the intent look of surprise, of mental weakness, or of insolence; it implies fixedness, whether momentary or continued. Gloat has now almost lost the meaning of looking with the natural eye, and has gone over into the meaning of mental attention; in either sense it means looking with ardor or even rapture, often the delight of possession, as when the miser gloats over his wealth.
    • stare To affect or influence in some specified way by staring; look carnestly or fixedlv at; hence, to look at with either a bold or a vacant expression.
    • n stare The act of one who stares; a fixed look with eyes wide open, usually suggesting amazement, vacancy, or insolence.
    • n stare A starling.
    • stare Stiff; weary.
    • n stare The marram or matweed, Ammophila arundinacea: same as halm, 3; also applied to species of Carex.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stare stār to look at with a fixed gaze, as in horror, astonishment, &c.: to look fixedly
    • v.t Stare to influence in some way by staring
    • n Stare a fixed look
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  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.”
  • James Thurber
    “With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”
  • Bette Midler
    Bette Midler
    “Cats always seem so very wise, when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking, I'll be nice, and maybe she will feed me twice?”
  • William H. Davies
    William H. Davies
    “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour comes that the mind is ripened.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.”


Stare down the barrel of a gun - If someone is staring down the barrel of a gun, there's a high risk of something very bad happening.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. starian,; akin to LG. & D. staren, OHG. starēn, G. starren, Icel. stara,; cf. Icel. stira, Dan. stirre, Sw. stirra, and G. starr, stiff, rigid, fixed, Gr. stereo`s solid (E. stereo-,), Skr. sthira, firm, strong. √166. Cf. Sterile


In literature:

Bruce straightened up in astonishment and stared at the mountainside.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
He stared at his watch.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Its round, flat, bald face stared hard at Johnnie as its rasping staccato warned him boldly.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Clif even stopped firing long enough to stare.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
He obeyed, staring hard at me before he sat, hard at the chair when he was sitting.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
And I could stare into them without fear, just as Bobs could stare back without shame.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
Her startled mother stared at her uncomprehendingly.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
I stared at him with a curious uneasiness.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Whoever she was she had good nerves, for she never even stared as women do at a strange man.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
A silent and adoring image of his brain stared back at him from the vermilion couch.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht

In poetry:

He sees the wistful moon arise;
He sits and stares, and clasps his knees.
The town cries and the crowd cries,
"I’ll stay with theses, he says "and these."
"The Bush Lover" by Leon Gellert
Or drowned, and floating with the tide,
Within some lonely midnight bay,—
His arms stretched toward me where he lay,
And blue eyes staring, fixed and wide.
"The Watch-Light" by Kate Seymour Maclean
This might have been a place for sleep,
But, as from that small hollow there
Hosts of bright thistledown begin
Their dazzling journey through the air,
An idle man can only stare.
"Thistledown" by Harold Monro
How many follow
Her in that lone hollow!
She sees them not nor would she hear
Though both shape and sound were clear,
But stares, stares into the pool
Of her fear and beauty full.
"The Wanderer" by John Freeman
"But shall one find it, brother? Where I ride,
Men mock and stare, who never had the dream,
Yet hope within my breast has never died."
"Nor ever died in mine that trembling gleam."
"Comrades" by Helen Gray Cone
All day he stared. But his head drooped at evening,
Bent and slow he stumbled into the white
Cavern of a great chalk hill, hedged with tall bushes,
And in its darkness found a darker night
"The Unloosening" by John Freeman

In news:

I know what it's like to grow up with people staring at your face and making insensitive comments.
Schilling tried to stare down officials.
Now with all that out of the way, stop and stare.
Cups of coffee, sleepy stares to nowhere, quiet conversation, and anticipation were all part of the early morning mix.
Price hit a three-pointer to tie the game and danced down the court, laughing and clapping as he stared at the opponents' bench.
This column is due in several hours and I've been staring at a blank page for so long, I now understand what it's like to be on the business end of a "White-Out" brush.
NOTHING unusual about the egg yolk staring up at me from a plate of tagliatelle at Babbo one night last week.
A man with no face stares at me from the corner of a room.
Staring Down the Fiscal Cliff.
ATLANTA — Two decades later, Dante Bichette still creates stares with his hair.
When everyone stares at their hands.
One day, while waiting for my daughter, I noticed that everyone passing by was staring at a device.
People stare as Peter Spitz feels his way into the restaurant.
Staring him in the eyes.
On the street, at his school -- he is usually alone doing this, and the object of puzzled stares.

In science:

After staring at the figure, it should become clear to the reader that the closed braids in a ‘flype pair’ have the same topological knot type.
On transversally simple knots
One data file consists of roughly ten stares, at adjacent fields on the sky.
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement From Python V
Typically, a file corresponds to data taken over five to ten minutes (depending on how many stares it contains).
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement From Python V
Then f (∆s) is calculated for each channel, cycle and stare in a file. f (∆s) is then averaged over cycles, stares, and files.
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement From Python V
Each stare is centered on a new adjacent field.
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement From Python V