from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A short time; a while.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An hour.
  • n. A tide, season.
  • n. A time, length of time, hour, while.
  • n. A brief span of time, moment, instant.
  • n. A moment or instance of urgency; exigence.
  • n. A sharp or sudden pain; a shock, an attack.
  • n. A fit, an episode or sudden outburst of emotion; a rush.
  • v. To hurt, pain, smart.
  • v. To be in pain or sorrow, mourn.
  • v. To long or pine after, desire.
  • v. To stand still; stop.
  • v. To stop to listen; pause.
  • n. A stand; a stop.
  • n. A receptacle for holding small beer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Stunned.
  • n. A sudden, severe pain or grief; peril; alarm.
  • n. Astonishment; amazement.
  • n. Hour; time; season.
  • n. A brief space of time; a moment.
  • n. A vessel for holding small beer.
  • intransitive v. To be in pain or sorrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ache; smart.
  • To long; pine: as, the cows stound for grass.
  • To stun as with strokes; beat heavily: as, to stound the ears with the strokes of a bell.
  • To astound; amaze.
  • n. A time: a short time; a while; a moment; an instant.
  • n. Sorrow; grief; longing.
  • n. A stunning blow or stroke; the force of a blow.
  • n. Astonishment; amazement; bewilderment.
  • n. An obsolete past participle of stun.
  • n. A vessel to contain small beer.


Middle English, from Old English stund; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stond, stounde, stound ("hour, time, season, moment"), from Old English stund ("a period of time, while, hour, occasion"), from Proto-Germanic *stundō (“point in time, hour”), from Proto-Indo-European *stut- (“prop”), from Proto-Indo-European *stā-, *sth- (“to stand”). Cognate with Dutch stond ("hour, time, moment"), German Stunde ("hour"), Danish and Swedish stund ("time, while"). Compare Middle English stunden ("to linger, stay, remain for a while"), Icelandic stunda ("to frequent, pursue"). Related to stand. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English stunden ("to linger, stay, remain for a while"). Cognate with Icelandic stunda ("to frequent, pursue"). More at stand. (Wiktionary)
Middle English stound, stonde, stoonde, ston, from Old English stond ("a stand"). Compare stand. (Wiktionary)


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