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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Surprising  \Sur*pris"ing\,  a. 
  Exciting  surprise;  extraordinary;  of  a  nature  to  excite 
  wonder  and  astonishment;  as  surprising  bravery;  a  surprising 
  escape  from  danger.  --  {Sur*pris"ing*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Sur*pris"ing*ness},  n. 
  Syn:  Wonderful;  extraordinary;  unexpected;  astonishing; 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Surprise  \Sur*prise"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Surprised};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Surprising}.]  [From  {Surprise},  n.:  cf  F. 
  surprendre  p.  p.  surpris.] 
  1.  To  come  or  fall  suddenly  and  unexpectedly;  to  take 
  unawares;  to  seize  or  capture  by  unexpected  attack. 
  Fearfulness  hath  surprised  the  hypocrites.  --Isa. 
  xxxiii  14. 
  The  castle  of  Macduff  I  will  surprise.  --Shak. 
  Who  can  speak  The  mingled  passions  that  surprised 
  his  heart?  --Thomson. 
  2.  To  strike  with  wonder,  astonishment,  or  confusion,  by 
  something  sudden,  unexpected,  or  remarkable;  to  confound; 
  as  his  conduct  surprised  me 
  I  am  surprised  with  an  uncouth  fear.  --Shak. 
  Up  he  starts,  Discovered  and  surprised.  --Milton. 
  3.  To  lead  one  to  do  suddenly  and  without  forethought;  to 
  bring  one  into  some  unexpected  state;  --  with  into  as 
  to  be  surprised  into  an  indiscretion;  to  be  surprised  into 
  4.  To  hold  possession  of  to  hold  [Obs.] 
  Not  with  me  That  in  my  hands  surprise  the 
  sovereignity.  --J.  Webster. 
  Syn:  See  {Astonish}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  causing  surprise  or  wonder  or  amazement;  "the  report  shows  a 
  surprising  lack  of  hard  factual  data";  "leaped  up  with 
  surprising  agility";  "she  earned  a  surprising  amount  of 
  money"  [ant:  {unsurprising}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  surprising  someone  [syn:  {surprise},  {surprisal}] 

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