Definitions for: Stare


[n] a fixed look with eyes open wide
[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"
[v] look at with fixed eyes; "The students stared at the teacher with amazement"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stare, n. [AS. st[ae]r. See Starling.] (Zo["o]l.)
The starling. [Obs.]


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.
Sterile.]
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.
--Chaucer.

Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret.
--Shak.

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.


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.


Stare, n.
The act of staring; a fixed look with eyes wide open. ``A
dull and stupid stare.'' --Churchill.

Synonyms: gaze

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

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