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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stare  \Stare\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {stared};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {staring}.]  [AS.  starian  akin  to  LG  &  D.  staren,  OHG. 
  star[=e]n,  G.  starren,  Icel.  stara;  cf  Icel.  stira,  Dan. 
  stirre,  Sw  stirra  and  G.  starr  stiff,  rigid,  fixed,  Gr  ? 
  solid  (E.  stereo-),  Skr.  sthira  firm,  strong.  [root]166.  Cf 
  1.  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. 
  2.  To  be  very  conspicuous  on  account  of  size,  prominence, 
  color,  or  brilliancy;  as  staring  windows  or  colors. 
  3.  To  stand  out  to  project;  to  bristle.  [Obs.] 
  Makest  my  blood  cold,  and  my  hair  to  stare.  --Shak. 
  Take  off  all  the  staring  straws  and  jags  in  the 
  hive.  --Mortimer. 
  Syn:  To  gaze;  to  look  earnestly.  See  {Gaze}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (used  of  eyes)  open  and  fixed  as  if  in  fear  or  wonder; 
  "staring  eyes"  [syn:  {agaze}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {arrant(a)},  {complete(a)}, 
  {consummate(a)},  {double-dyed(a)},  {everlasting(a)},  {gross(a)}, 
  {perfect(a)},  {pure(a)},  {sodding(a)},  {stark(a)},  {staring(a)}, 
  {thoroughgoing(a)},  {utter(a)}] 
  adv  :  with  a  stare;  "`quoi?'  asked  Blanchard,  staring"  [syn:  {staringly}] 

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