Stare (?), n. [AS. staer. See Starling.] Zool.

The starling.

[Obs.]

 

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Stare, v. i. [imp. & p. p. stared (?); p. pr. & vb. n. staring.] [AS. starian; akin to LG. & D. staren, OHG. star�xc7;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. 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.

 

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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.

 

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Stare, n.

The act of staring; a fixed look with eyes wide open.

"A dull and stupid stare."

Churchill.

 

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