Stun meaning

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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.

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To daze or render senseless, as by a blow or loud noise.
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To stupefy, as with the emotional impact of an experience; astound.
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A blow or shock that stupefies.
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To make senseless or unconscious, as by a blow.
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To daze or stupefy; shock deeply; astound; overwhelm.

He was stunned by the news.

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To overpower or bewilder as by a loud noise or explosion.
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The effect or condition of being stunned.
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(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.
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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.

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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.

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(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.
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The condition of being stunned.
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(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.

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Origin of stun

  • Middle English stonen Old French estoner from Vulgar Latin extonāre Latin ex- ex- Latin tonāre to thunder (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English stunien, stonien, stounien, from Old English stunian (“to crash, make a loud sound, resound, roar, strike with a loud sound, dash, impinge, knock, confound, astonish, stupefy"), from Proto-Germanic *stunōnÄ…, *stunjanÄ… (“to sound, crash, bang, groan"), from Proto-Germanic *stenanÄ… (“to moan, shout"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tona-, *(s)tena- (“to thunder, roar, groan"). Cognate with Middle Low German stonen (“to groan"), Middle High German stunen, stunden (“to drive, push, knock, strike"), Swedish stöna (“to moan, groan"), Icelandic stynja (“to moan"). Related also to Dutch stenen (“to groan"), German stöhnen (“to groan, moan"), German staunen (“to be astonished, be amazed, marvel at"). See also Occitan estonar, Old French estoner.

    From Wiktionary