• 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
    • adj staring 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 staring (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder "staring eyes"
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • staring Standing out prominently and fixedly, or fixed and wide open, as eyes; gazing fixedly or intently; fixed.
    • staring Bristling, as hair; standing stiffly or on end; harsh or rough, as pelage.
    • staring Striking the eye too strongly; conspicuous; glaring; gaudy: as, staring colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Staring the act of staring
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. starian, from a Teut. root seen in Ger. starr, rigid; also in Eng. stern.


In literature:

Hanson stared up at the overseer who was staring back at him.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
He took up a handful of it, and stared at it with tragic sorrow.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Making no sound, he turned and stared into the darkness on all sides.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
George stared at her and then shook his head.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
From it she lifted a string of round green beads and held them laughingly before Beryl's staring eyes.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
Presently his gaze wandered to them, and the cool, well-bred stare gradually gave way to a slightly puzzled expression.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Then for a moment the sun came again and he stared toward it with set, anxious eyes.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
Maurice sat absolutely still and stared at her, stared at her almost as if she were a stranger passing by.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Gordon followed him, staring at the surrounding filth.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
She stared at Waldstricker fully fifteen seconds, while he looked steadily back at her.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White

In poetry:

For all I know I have started
To love, it may be to hold.
Strange, as if never charted,
Stares my fortune untold.
"Girl in Love" by Rainer Maria Rilke
When held up to the window pane,
What fixed my baby stare?
The glory of the glittering rain,
And newness everywhere.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
Aunt seldom smiles at Liz and me,
But often frowns and stares;
And if we speak a word at tea,
It's awful how she glares!
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell
By the hearth-stone
She sits alone,
The long night bearing:
With eyes that gleam
Into the dream
Of the firelight staring.
"By The Hearth-Stone" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Oh the wold, the wold,
Oh the wold, the wold!
Oh the fleshless stare,
Oh the windy hair,
On the wold, the wold, the wold!
"Wind" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I have another cognac
and stare at two little paintings
of Jean-Paul's, so great
I must do so much
or did they just happen
"At Joan's" by Frank O Hara

In news:

Staring at me in my fridge was a large batch of lovely chickpeas .
Down the dog went as Kathie Lee Gifford stared in astonishment.
A 79-year-old Louisville man is facing assault charges after police said he threw coffee and the coffee mug at his neighbor for staring at him.
If you're like me, you've started looking in the mirror and wondering why Casper the Friendly Ghost is staring back at you.
Eye contact is not the same as staring.
AUBURN — Staring down a barrage of shots as a field hockey goalie is tough enough as it is.
Asante Samuel stared directly at his former team's sideline and started trash-talking right after the coin toss.
Saints staring at a lost season.
I was walking home from school, on an unusually dark afternoon, when I felt a pair of eyes staring right at me.
This past weekend after getting out of work I had to find a bit of time to just stare and think.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. What would you do if you discovered a stranger staring into your window.
The Box wraps everything up tightly, while Men Who Stare at Goats questions what's real and phony.
Tyrus Thomas couldn't help but stare.
"Oh, a little of this," I said, staring at my shoes, knowing exactly where this conversation was headed, "A little of that.".
She stared at me strangely.

In science:

As the action is positive definite we expect that both ai and af are positive (by considering paths staring or ending at 0).
The effects of dielectric disorder on van der Waals interactions in slab geometries
Since the staring point may be any x ∈ N0 , we have to consider the first time at which the random walk (Xn )n≥0 goes on the ”left” on the initial point (with eventually a reflexion at this time, in which case the arrival point may be > x), that is the strict descending ladder epoch τ ∗− of the random walk (Sn )n≥0 .
Return Probabilities for the Reflected Random Walk on $\mathbb N_0$
SDSS took advantage of its fast scanning camera and used 54 s exposures and thus efficiently addresses the 0.1 . z . 0.4 “redshift desert” where regular point-and-stare imaging with large telescopes is inefficient.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
There exist several reviews devoted entirely to this phenomenon (Averin and Likharev, 1991; Van Houten, Beenakker, and Staring, 1992; Meirav and Foxman, 1995).
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport
Staring, 1992, in: Single Charge Tunneling, edited by H.
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport