stiffness


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Synonyms for stiffness

the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend

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the property of moving with pain or difficulty

firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action

the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

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This stiffness of manner in Colbert had been of great service to him; it is so true that Fortune, when she has a caprice, resembles those women of antiquity, who, when they had a fancy, were disgusted by no physical or moral defects in either men or things.
He sat down very slowly and painstakingly what of his great stiffness. Hal did the talking.
Charles looked on wistfully, wiped his watery eyes, but did not get up because of his stiffness.
There was no shadow of embarrassment about her manner, notwithstanding the cold stiffness of Wingrave's deportment.
As long as he could possibly contain himself, Jerry maintained his stiffness. And then, his love bursting beyond the control of him, he gave a sniff--as prodigious a one as he had sniffed into the tunnel of Skipper's hand in the long ago on the deck of the Arangi.
'I have no hurts to see to, beyond a little soreness and stiffness that will soon pass off,' said Nicholas, seating himself with some difficulty.
My knee is much better, though it often aches for long periods, and the stiffness is gradually leaving the arm which Wolf Larsen squeezed.
This stiffness hurt Kitty, and she could not resist the desire to smooth over her mother's coldness.
She arose with the abrupt stiffness of an automaton, poured herself a cup of cold coffee, and in the same jerky way sat down again.
The answer brought a momentary stiffness in its train.
"Indeed," said John with a certain stiffness in his manner.
"She took it out a minute ago, and went off with it to put a ribbon on it, or some such notion," replied Jo, dancing about the room to take the first stiffness off the new army slippers.
I noticed how her eye lighted on me, when she thought my attention otherwise occupied; and what a curious process of hesitation appeared to be going on within her, while she preserved her outward stiffness and composure.
Hardening arteries, or arterial stiffness, is an independent risk factor for heart disease and death, and the mechanisms that contribute to arterial stiffening are not well understood, according to the study published in the Journal of Hypertension.
(4) Their findings take a giant step towards understanding the phenomenon of arterial stiffness.