stound
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /staʊnd/, /stuːnd/
  • (America) IPA: /staʊnd/, /stund/
Noun

stound (plural stounds)

  1. (chronology, obsolete or dialectal) An hour.
    • 1765, Percy's Reliques, The King and the Tanner of Tamworth (original license: 1564):
      What booth wilt thou have? our king reply'd / Now tell me in this stound
  2. (obsolete) A tide, season.
  3. (archaic or dialectal) A time, length of time, hour, while.
    • 1801, Walter Scott, The Talisman:
      He lay and slept, and swet a stound, / And became whole and sound.
  4. (archaic or dialectal) A brief span of time, moment, instant.
    Listen to me a little stound.
  5. A moment or instance of urgency; exigence.
  6. (dialectal) A sharp or sudden pain; a shock, an attack.
    • 1857, Alexander Maclaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture:
      No wonder that they cried unto the Lord, and felt a stound of despair shake their courage
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      ere the point arriued, where it ought, / That seuen-fold shield, which he from Guyon brought / He cast betwene to ward the bitter stound [...].
  7. A stroke or blow (from an object or weapon); (by extension) a lashing; scourging
    • 1807, Sir Egerton Brydges, Censura Literaria:
      How many pipes, as many sounds Do still impart To your Sonne's hart / As many deadly wounds : How many strokes, as many stounds, Each stroke a dart, Each stound a smart, Poore captive me confounds.
    • 1843, Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry appointed to inquire into the intended mutiny on board the United States Brig of War Somers, on the high seas:
      A colt is made of three stounds, I think; it is lighter, much, than the cat. The punishment with the colt is always given without stripping, over the clothes.
  8. A fit, an episode or sudden outburst of emotion; a rush.
    • 1893, The Homoeopathic World:
      Several stounds of pain in the cleft between great and second toe (anterior tibial nerve). I forget which side, but I think it was the right. Slight pains in left temple, > pressure. Pain in upper part of right eyeball.
    • 1895, Mansie Wauch, The Life of Mansie Wauch: tailor in Dalkeith:
      [...] and run away with him, almost whether he will or not, in a stound of unbearable love!
  9. Astonishment; amazement.
Translations
  • Russian: срочность
Verb

stound (stounds, present participle stounding; past and past participle stounded)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal, intransitive) To hurt, pain, smart.
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act IV, Scene II, verses 93-95
      Your wrath, weak boy ? Tremble at mine unless
      Retraction follow close upon the heels
      Of that late stounding insult […]
  2. (obsolete or dialectal, intransitive) To be in pain or sorrow, mourn.
  3. (obsolete or dialectal, intransitive) To long or pine after, desire.
    • 1823, Edward Moor, Suffolk words and phrases: or, An attempt to collect the lingual localisms of that county:
      Recently weaned children "stound after the breast."
Verb

stound (stounds, present participle stounding; past and past participle stounded)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To stand still; stop.
  2. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To stop to listen; pause.
Noun

stound (plural stounds)

  1. (UK dialectal) A stand; a stop.
Noun

stound (plural stounds)

  1. A receptacle for holding small beer.
    • 1987, Alastair Mackie, Ingaidherins: Selected Poems - Page 54:
      Will Ardnamurchan never end? We're four stounds in a metal box [...]



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