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Stark

[stahrk; for 2 also German shtahrk] /stɑrk; for 2 also German ʃtɑrk/
noun
1.
Harold Raynsford
[reynz-ferd] /ˈreɪnz fərd/ (Show IPA),
1880–1972, U.S. admiral.
2.
Johannes
[yoh-hah-nuh s] /yoʊˈhɑ nəs/ (Show IPA),
1874–1957, German physicist: Nobel prize 1919.
3.
John, 1728–1822, American Revolutionary War general.
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British Dictionary definitions for harold raynsford stark

stark

/stɑːk/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) devoid of any elaboration; blunt the stark facts
2.
grim; desolate a stark landscape
3.
(usually prenominal) utter; absolute stark folly
4.
(archaic) severe; violent
5.
(archaic or poetic) rigid, as in death (esp in the phrases stiff and stark, stark dead)
6.
short for stark-naked
adverb
7.
completely stark mad
Derived Forms
starkly, adverb
starkness, noun
Word Origin
Old English stearc stiff; related to Old Norse sterkr, Gothic gastaurknan to stiffen

Stark

noun
1.
(stɑːk). Dame Freya (Madeline) (ˈfreɪə). 1893–1993, British traveller and writer, whose many books include The Southern Gates of Arabia (1936), Beyond Euphrates (1951), and The Journey's Echo (1963)
2.
(German) (ʃtark). Johannes (joˈhanəs). 1874–1957, German physicist, who discovered the splitting of the lines of a spectrum when the source of light is subjected to a strong electrostatic field (Stark effect, 1913): Nobel prize for physics 1919
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Word Origin and History for harold raynsford stark
stark
O.E. stearc "stiff, strong" (related to starian "to stare"), from P.Gmc. *starkaz (cf. O.N. sterkr, O.Fris. sterk, M.Du. starc, O.H.G. starah, Ger. stark, Goth. *starks), from PIE base *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see stare). Meaning "utter, sheer, complete" first recorded c.1400, perhaps from infl. of common phrase stark dead (late 14c.), with stark mistaken as an intensive adj. Sense of "bare, barren" is from 1833. Stark naked (1520s) is from M.E. start naked (early 13c.), from O.E. steort "tail, rump." Hence Brit. slang starkers "naked" (1923).
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