- present participle of astound#English|astound
- That astounds or astound.
- astounding success; an astounding spectacle
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: Printed by [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499 ↗; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, prologue ↗:
- [Y]ou ſhall heare the Scythian Tamburlaine: / Threatning the world with high aſtounding tearms / And ſcourging kingdomes with his conquering ſword.
- 1785, Henry Boyd (translator) (translator), A Translation of the Inferno (Dante) of Dante Alighieri, in English Verse, Dublin, Volume 1, Canto 7, Stanza 18, p. 285,
- Wasted in darkness down the pitchy wave,
- We saw the STYGIAN pool her borders lave,
- Fed by th’ astounding cataract on high.
- 1854, Charles Dickens, “A Loophole”, in Hard Times. For These Times, London: Bradbury & Evans, […], OCLC 4389957 ↗, book the first (Sowing), page 14 ↗:
- Signor Jupe [...] was also to exhibit "his astounding feat of throwing seventy-five hundred-weight in rapid succession backhanded over his head, thus forming a fountain of solid iron in mid-air, a feat never before attempted in this or any other country [...]."
- 1930, Dashiell Hammet, “The Emperor’s Gift”, in The Maltese Falcon, New York, N.Y.; London: Alfred A[braham] Knopf, OCLC 919141719 ↗, page 148 ↗:
- This is going to be the most astounding thing you’ve ever heard of, sir, and I say that knowing that a man of your caliber in your profession must have known some astounding things in his time.
- amazing, extraordinary, fantastic, incredible, marvelous, miraculous, phenomenal, remarkable, unbelievable
- See Thesaurus:surprising