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Meaning of STIFFNESS

Pronunciation:  st'ifnus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
  2. [n]  the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
  3. [n]  the property of moving with pain or difficulty; "he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"
  4. [n]  the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend
 

STIFFNESS is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness, hardness, harshness, inclemency, rigor, rigour, severity
 
 See Also: gaucherie, inelasticity, inelegance, rusticity, sternness, strictness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Stiff"ness\, n.
The quality or state of being stiff; as, the stiffness of
cloth or of paste; stiffness of manner; stiffness of
character.

      The vices of old age have the stiffness of it too.
                                               --South.

 

 

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