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stuff
WordNet 2.0
  • miscellaneous unspecified objects
  • "the trunk was full of stuff"
  • unspecified qualities required to do or be something
  • "the stuff of heros"
  • "you don''t have the stuff to be a United States Marine"
  • a critically important or characteristic component
  • "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
  • senseless talk
  • "don''t give me that stuff"
  • information in some unspecified form
  • "it was stuff I had heard before"
  • "there''s good stuff in that book"
  • informal terms for personal possessions
  • "did you take all your clobber?"
  • the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  • "coal is a hard black material"
  • "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
  • fill with a stuffing while cooking
  • "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"
  • fill tightly with a material
  • "stuff a pillow with feathers"
  • "The old lady wants to have her dead poodle stuffed by the taxidermist"
  • treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting
  • "stuff a bearskin"
  • overeat or eat immodestly
  • make a pig of oneself
  • "She stuffed herself at the dinner"
  • "The kids binged on icecream"
  • obstruct
  • "My nose is all stuffed"
  • "Her arteries are blocked"
  • fill completely
  • "The child stuffed his pockets with candy"
  • press or force
  • "Stuff money into an envelope"
  • "She thrust the letter into his hand"
stuff
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture.

    "For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much." -- Ex. xxxvi. 7.

    "Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff." -- Shak.

    "The workman on his stuff his skill doth show, And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill." -- Sir J. Davies.

    2. The fundamental material of which anything is made up; elemental part; essence.

    "Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience To do no contrived murder." -- Shak.

    3. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.

    "What stuff wilt have a kirtle of?" -- Shak.

    "It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though, superior kinds were of silk exclusively." -- F. G. Lee.

    4. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.

    "He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff." -- Hayward.

    5. A medicine or mixture; a potion. Shak.

    6. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.

    "Anger would indite Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write." -- Dryden.

    7. (Naut.) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    8. Paper stock ground ready for use.

    [MORE]
    When partly ground, called half stuff. Knight.

    Clear stuff
    See under Clear.

    Small stuff
    (Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    Stuff gown
    the distinctive garb of a junior barrister; hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown, under Silk.

  • 1. To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick.

    "Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown, And stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown." -- Gay.

    "Lest the gods, for sin, Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin." -- Dryden.

    2. To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack.

    "Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together . . . and they retain smell and color." -- Bacon.

    3. To fill by being pressed or packed into.

    "With inward arms the dire machine they load, And iron bowels stuff the dark abode." -- Dryden.

    4. (Cookery) To fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey.

    5. To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.

    "I'm stuffed, cousin; I can not smell." -- Shak.

    6. To fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; -- said of birds or other animals.

    7. To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.

    "An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal." -- Swift.

    8. To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.

    9. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box). [U. S.]

  • 1. To feed gluttonously; to cram.

    "Taught harmless man to cram and stuff." -- Swift.

 

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John Donne
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