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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a stunned/shocked silence
▪ There was a stunned silence at the other end of the phone.
stun gun
▪ Gamekeepers use special darts to stun the rhinos.
▪ His words stunned her, and she stared at him in disbelief.
▪ Howard was stunned when Garrett rejected the offer.
▪ Sasha was too stunned by what had happened to say a word.
▪ They had only intended to stun the guard, to give them time to escape.
▪ Chester stormed back to stun Swansea with two goals in five minutes.
▪ It had been one of those suggestions that stuns everyone with its rightness.
▪ Occasionally, it is the amount that stuns me.
▪ Suminski in love: the idea stuns her.
▪ The neural pathways in nature continue to stun scientists with how non-optimized they are.
▪ They like to use an elephant gun to stun a flea.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stun \Stun\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stunned; p. pr. & vb. n. Stunning.] [OE. stonien, stownien; either fr. AS. stunian to resound (cf. D. stenen to groan, G. st["o]hnen, Icel. stynja, Gr. ?, Skr. stan to thunder, and E. thunder), or from the same source as E. astonish. [root]168.]

  1. To make senseless or dizzy by violence; to render senseless by a blow, as on the head.

    One hung a poleax at his saddlebow, And one a heavy mace to stun the foe.

  2. To dull or deaden the sensibility of; to overcome; especially, to overpower one's sense of hearing.

    And stunned him with the music of the spheres.

  3. To astonish; to overpower; to bewilder.

    William was quite stunned at my discourse.
    --De Foe.


Stun \Stun\, n. The condition of being stunned.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably a shortening of Old French estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Related: Stunned; stunning.


n. 1 The condition of being stunned. 2 (context billiard snooker pool English) The effect on the cue ball where the ball is hit without topspin, backspin or sidespin. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To incapacitate; especially by inducing disorientation or unconsciousness. 2 (context transitive English) To shock or surprise. 3 (context snooker billiards English) To hit the cue ball so that it slides without topspin or backspin (and with or without sidespin) and continues at a natural angle after contact with the object ball

  1. v. make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow; "stun fish" [syn: stupefy]

  2. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: shock, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback]

  3. hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag [syn: sandbag]

  4. overcome as with astonishment or disbelief; "The news stunned her" [syn: bedaze, daze]

  5. [also: stunning, stunned]


Stun or STUN may refer to:

  • STUN, a computer network protocol and methods
  • Stun (Bloody Roar), a character in the Bloody Roar video game series
  • Stun shot, in cue sports

Usage examples of "stun".

Patrol through the Grass Hills-or watch the white walls of the Accursed Forest for some giant stun lizard or cat big enough to cross the wards and take cattle or sheep.

The scene in Tokyo Bay, coming in the wake of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offered a stunning lesson in the kind of material strength and affluence that might be attained under American-style democracy.

This, her first direct leap for liberty, set Clara panting, and so much had she to say that the nervous and the intellectual halves of her dashed like cymbals, dazing and stunning her with the appositeness of things to be said, and dividing her in indecision as to the cunningest to move him of the many pressing.

She had a headache scented with anisette, and her heart was stunned by the impression that Dr.

For those situations in which these measures prove inadequate, chemists have produced a stunning array of drugs to control the mind, such as those to enable people to relax, to become mentally aroused and alert, to sleep, to relieve anxiety, to overcome depression, to counteract attentional disorders, to improve the memory, and to experience euphoria, bliss, and even alleged mystical states of consciousness.

Spock released Bardan, pushing the boy into the path of the mutant so that they collided with a dull thump as he desperately struggled to get his phaser reset on stun.

Bella came to an abrupt and stunned stop on the last step out of the bartizan into the great hall.

These blocks of shadows on the polished wood, like the bodies themselves, remained immobile as the stunned faces attached to those bodies stared in astonishment at the gaunt, bespectacled man who stood behind the President in front of a portable blackboard on which he had drawn numerous diagrams using four different colours of chalk.

This was surely powerful magic, for the boomerang struck hard against the small head of the kangaroo, toppling her to the ground, stunned.

I watched the newscast, stunned by what they were saying, that Tilly Dunning, daughter of Congresswoman Marsha Dunning, had shot a coworker during an office party at the world-famous Mandrill Institute.

Me and the niggers hoeing weeds was stunned by the weight of that white sky that sank so low over the mangrove in the summer, but Mister Watson was singing his old songs.

Teron looked to the manhead, which sprawled across the landing, momentarily stunned.

As long as he was stunned by his sighting, as long as they could keep him fascinated by the possibility that a mermaid lurked offshore, they might be able to either push or pull him where they pleased.

Stunned, she had asked Miroe how the off worlders could justify the water of life if they knew that the mers were more than just animals.

Stunned, he viewed briefly over the missive from Henry once more, still not believing that, after all this time, he would see them again.