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 for staring
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  stare \stare\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. stared (st[^a]rd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. staring.] [AS. starian; akin to LG. & D. staren,
     OHG. star[=e]n, G. starren, Icel. stara; cf. Icel. stira,
     Dan. stirre, Sw. stirra, and G. starr stiff, rigid, fixed,
     Gr. stereo`s solid (E. stereo-), Skr. sthira firm, strong.
     [root]166. Cf. Sterile.]
     1. To look with fixed eyes wide open, as through fear,
        wonder, surprise, impudence, etc.; to fasten an earnest
        and prolonged gaze on some object.
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              For ever upon the ground I see thee stare.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence,
        color, or brilliancy; as, staring windows or colors.
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     3. To stand out; to project; to bristle. [Obs.]
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              Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare. --Shak.
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              Take off all the staring straws and jags in the
              hive.                                 --Mortimer.
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     Syn: To gaze; to look earnestly. See Gaze.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  staring
      adj 1: (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder;
             "staring eyes" [syn: agaze, staring]
      2: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
         intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a
         consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross
         negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding
         mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter
         nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth" [syn: arrant(a),
         complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a),
         everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a),
         sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a),
         utter(a), unadulterated]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "staring":
     agape, aghast, agog, all agog, amazed, arrant, astonished,
     astounded, at gaze, awed, awestruck, beguiled, bewildered,
     bewitched, blatant, bold, breathless, captivated, clean-cut, clear,
     clear as crystal, clear-cut, confounded, conspicuous,
     crystal-clear, defined, definite, distinct, dumbfounded,
     dumbstruck, enchanted, enraptured, enravished, enthralled,
     entranced, evident, fascinated, flabbergasted, flagrant, gaping,
     gauping, gazing, glaring, hanging out, hypnotized, in awe,
     in awe of, in focus, in relief, in the foreground, lost in wonder,
     marveling, mesmerized, notable, noticeable, notorious, obtrusive,
     obvious, open-eyed, openmouthed, ostensible, outstanding,
     overwhelmed, patent, plain, popeyed, prominent, pronounced,
     puzzled, rapt in wonder, salient, spellbound, staggered,
     stark-staring, sticking out, striking, stupefied, surprised,
     thunderstruck, under a charm, unmistakable, well-defined,
     well-marked, well-pronounced, well-resolved, wide-eyed,
     wonder-struck, wondering
  
  

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