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Meaning of STARE

Pronunciation:  stehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fixed look with eyes open wide
  2. [v]  fixate one's eyes; look at with a fixed gaze, as of a sculpture or a painting; "The ancestor in the painting stared down at us menacingly"
  3. [v]  look at with fixed eyes; "The students stared at the teacher with amazement"

STARE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: gaze
 See Also: contemplation, gape, gaze, glare, glare, glower, glower, look, look, look, looking, looking at, outface, outstare, regard, stare down, stargaze



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stare\, n. [AS. st[ae]r. See {Starling}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    The starling. [Obs.]
  2. \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}.
  3. \Stare\, v. t.
    To look earnestly at; to gaze at.
          I will stare him out of his wits.        --Shak.
    {To stare in the face}, to be before the eyes, or to be
       undeniably evident. ``The law . . . stares them in the
       face whilst they are breaking it.'' --Locke.
  4. \Stare\, n.
    The act of staring; a fixed look with eyes wide open. ``A
    dull and stupid stare.'' --Churchill.