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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stiffness excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n stiffness the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
    • n stiffness firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action "a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity"
    • n stiffness the property of moving with pain or difficulty "he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"
    • n stiffness the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stiffness The quality or state of being stiff; as, the stiffness of cloth or of paste; stiffness of manner; stiffness of character. "The vices of old age have the stiffness of it too."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stiffness The state or character of being stiff, in any sense.
    • n stiffness Specifically, the power or ability of a vessel to oppose great resistance to inclination from the upright from the pressure of wind on the sails or other external forces.
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “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
    Meg Greenfield
    “Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.”
  • Emily Carr
    Emily Carr
    “Twenty can't be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “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
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A hairy body, and arms stiff with bristles, give promise of a manly soul.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.”


Stiff as a poker - Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)
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.
Stiff-necked - A stiff-necked person is rather formal and finds it hard to relax in company.


In literature:

As she put it, he stood there like a man frozen stiff.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
This right arm of mine is so stiff that I can hardly lift it.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
In stiff or clay-like soil it dwindles and dies.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Harrison rocked him with a short stiff uppercut.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
When cold and ready to serve, beat in with a whisk the oil, and then fold in the cream, beaten stiff with a Dover egg-beater.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
A half hour later he came out, poorer by some thirty-eight dollars, but rich in the self-esteem which the bright, stiff garments gave him.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Hazel walked the stiffness out of her muscles before she mounted.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
See, at last he is too stiff and weary to move about any longer.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
The little boy's cane stood there, stiff and straight, for he was conceited about his brass tip and his silver handle.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Your back'll be so blame stiff in about three days that you'll wish you never seen a pan or a shovel.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In poetry:

I'm growin' auld, an' no' sae yauld,
An' gettin' stiff aboot the knee;
An' whiles I think a foursome reel
Wad be the very death o' me.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
They piled the stiffs outside the door;
They made, I reckon, a cord or more.
Girls went that winter, as a rule,
Alone to spellin'-school.
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay
The stiff old pictures on the wall,
Who were those passionate girls and men
So sure of Youth and Righteousness,
Look dully on the Now from Then;
"Three Studies From A Portrait" by Margaret Widdemer
Years without number,
Ages of slumber,
Stiff in the track of the infinite One!
Dead, can I think it?
Dropt like a trinket,
A thing whose uses are done!
"Awake!" by George MacDonald
He put his hand on the Earlie's head;
He show'd him a rock beside the sea,
Where a king lay stiff beneath his steed,
And steel-dight nobles wiped their ee.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
Earl William sprung from his stiff'ning steed,
As it stood by the water's edge,...
On the lake he gaz'd, and round and round,
And all by the marsh of sedge ;
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman

In news:

A stiff sentence handed out this week by a New York judge.
Leaders from BJP, Bajrang Dal awarded stiff jail terms for role in massacre where 97 people were killed.
Wind energy industry faces stiff headwind .
In a test case for Democrats, the fiery Florida populist takes on a stiff challenge from the right.
For eager renters like Morgan who face stiff competition, it makes sense to get a head start.
1 yard stiff interfacing (such as Timtex or Peltex).
AgReliant has been steadily gaining market share despite stiff corporate competition.
Scott Olsen leaves with stiff shoulder in Washington Nationals' 5-3 loss to Baltimore Orioles.
SEC stiffs Texas A&M for now.
A marijuana extract appears to ease painful muscle stiffness in people with multiple sclerosis, according to a new British study.
Cannabis Eases Muscle Stiffness of Multiple Sclerosis.
Couplings Provide High Torsional Stiffness for Precision Positioning.
APPLE'S IPHONE MAY face some stiff competition — according to Nielsen, the leading smartphone platform in the US is Android — but in the tablet arena, the iPad has reigned supreme.
Reggie Green of Cranford stiff arms Voorhees defender Ben Mastro on a second-quarter run during a game last year.
Hurricane Sandy delivered an stiff uppercut to the local fishing, but area angling experts say it certainly wasn't a knockout punch.

In science:

Coupling of a mechanical oscillator to non-equilibrium baths is accompanied by stiff dynamics of elastic self excitations and brings the charge transfer into the shuttle regime as a result.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Balanced implicit methods for stiff stochastic systems.
On hybrid simulation schemes for stochastic reaction dynamics
FIG. 1: The finite-size scaling behavior of the superfluid stiffness, ρs for ¯n = 0.1.
Correlations at a quantum phase transition in interacting Bose systems
As explained in detail in Ref. , the Hessian consists of two parts, a negative definite stress matrix and a positive semidefinite stiffness matrix.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
Another characteristic feature of RMT spectra is the spectral stiffness.
Random Matrices