- Stun is to stop or confuse with a sharp blow or a loud noise, or to shock someone.
- Make the crowd unable to move after the explosion is an example of stun.
- The couple announcing to the parents that they'd eloped is an example of stun; to stun the parents.
transitive verbstunned, stunning
- to make senseless or unconscious, as by a blow
- to daze or stupefy; shock deeply; astound; overwhelm: stunned by the news
- to overpower or bewilder as by a loud noise or explosion
Origin of stunMiddle English stonien ; from Old French estoner, to stun: see astonish
transitive verbstunned stunned, stun·ning, stuns
- To daze or render senseless, as by a blow or loud noise.
- To stupefy, as with the emotional impact of an experience; astound.
Origin of stunMiddle English stonen, Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin *extonāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin tonāre, to thunder; see (s)ten&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present stuns, present participle stunning, simple past and past participle stunned)
- To incapacitate; especially by inducing disorientation or unconsciousness.
- Bill tried to stun the snake by striking it on the head.
- In many European countries cattle have to be stunned before slaughtering.
- To shock or surprise.
- The celebrity was stunned to find herself confronted with unfounded allegiations on the front page of a newspaper.
- He stood there stunned, looking at the beautiful, breath-taking sunrise.
- (snooker, billiards) To hit the cue ball so that it slides without topspin or backspin (with or without sidespin) and continues at a natural angle after contact with the object ball
- The condition of being stunned.
- (billiard, snooker, pool) The effect on the cue ball where the ball is hit without topspin, backspin or sidespin.
- Williams will need a lot of stun to avoid going in the middle pocket
From Middle English stunien, stonien, stounien, from Old English stunian (â€œto crash, make a loud sound, resound, roar, strike with a loud sound, dash, impinge, knock, confound, astonish, stupefyâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stunÅnÄ…, *stunjanÄ… (â€œto sound, crash, bang, groanâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stenanÄ… (â€œto moan, shoutâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tona-, *(s)tena- (â€œto thunder, roar, groanâ€). Cognate with Middle Low German stonen (â€œto groanâ€), Middle High German stunen, stunden (â€œto drive, push, knock, strikeâ€), Swedish stÃ¶na (â€œto moan, groanâ€), Icelandic stynja (â€œto moanâ€). Related also to Dutch stenen (â€œto groanâ€), German stÃ¶hnen (â€œto groan, moanâ€), German staunen (â€œto be astonished, be amazed, marvel atâ€). See also Occitan estonar, Old French estoner.
stun - Computer Definition
(Simple Traversal of UDP through NAT) A protocol that allows applications to detect that a network address translation (NAT) is being used. It can also detect the type of NAT and IP address assigned by it. STUN was developed to support interactive, two-way communications over the Internet such as for voice (VoIP) and videoconferencing. The STUN client sends requests to a STUN server, which is typically hosted by the service provider. Unlike application layer gateways (ALGs) and Middlebox Communications (MIDCOM), which also support two-way communications through NATs, STUN requires no changes to the NAT. See NAT.