Webster 1913 Edition
The quality or state of being stiff;
stiffnessof cloth or of paste;
The vices of old age have the
stiffnessof it too.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Rigidness; want of pliableness or flexibility; the firm texture or state of a substance which renders it difficult to bend it; as the stiffness or iron or wood; the stiffness of a frozen limb.
2.Thickness; spissitude; a state between softness and hardness; as the stiffness of sirup, paste, size or starch.
3.Torpidness; inaptitude to motion.
An icy stiffness benumbs my blood.
4.Tension; as the stiffness of a cord.
5.Obstinacy; stubbornness; contumaciousness.
The vices of old age have the stiffness of it too.
Stiffness of mind is not from adherence to truth, but submission to prejudice.
6.Formality of manner; constraint; affected precision.
All this religion sat easily upon him, without stiffness and constraint.
But speak no word to her of these sad plights, which her too constant stiffness doth constrain.
8.Affected or constrained manner of expression or writing; want of natural simplicity and ease; as stiffness of style.
stiffness (countable and uncountable, plural stiffnesses)
- Rigidity or a measure of rigidity.
- Inflexibility or a measure of inflexibility.
- Inelegance, lacking relaxedness.
- His stiffness hampered the conversation.
- 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations
- Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
- muscular tension due to unaccustomed or excessive exercise or work