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

  Stun \Stun\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stunned; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stunning.] [OE. stonien, stownien; either fr. AS. stunian
     to resound (cf. D. stenen to groan, G. st["o]hnen, Icel.
     stynja, Gr. ?, Skr. stan to thunder, and E. thunder), or from
     the same source as E. astonish. [root]168.]
     1. To make senseless or dizzy by violence; to render
        senseless by a blow, as on the head.
        [1913 Webster]
              One hung a poleax at his saddlebow,
              And one a heavy mace to stun the foe. --Dryden.
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     2. To dull or deaden the sensibility of; to overcome;
        especially, to overpower one's sense of hearing.
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              And stunned him with the music of the spheres.
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     3. To astonish; to overpower; to bewilder.
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              William was quite stunned at my discourse. --De Foe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stunning \Stun"ning\, a.
     1. Overpowering consciousness; overpowering the senses;
        especially, overpowering the sense of hearing; confounding
        with noise.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Striking or overpowering with astonishment, especially on
        account of excellence; as, stunning poetry. [Slang] --C.
        Kingsley. -- Stun"ning*ly, adv. [Slang]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: commanding attention; "an arresting drawing of people
             turning into animals"; "a sensational concert--one never
             to be forgotten"; "a stunning performance" [syn:
             arresting, sensational, stunning]
      2: causing great astonishment and consternation; "the strike
         came as a stunning protest against management"; "a stunning
      3: causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or
         insensibility; "laid the poor fellow senseless with one
         stunning blow"; "a stunning detonation with volumes of black
      4: strikingly beautiful or attractive; "quite stunning with
         large dark eyes and a beautiful high-bosomed figure";
         "stunning photographs of Canada's wilderness areas"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  141 Moby Thesaurus words for "stunning":
     OK, ace-high, amazing, analgesic, anesthetic, astonishing,
     astounding, attractive, bad, bang-up, beaming, beauteous,
     beautiful, benumbing, bloodcurdling, blooming, bonny, bonzer, boss,
     breathtaking, bright, brilliant, bully, but good, comely,
     confounding, cool, corking, crackerjack, dandy, dazzling,
     deadening, delicious, devastating, divine, ducky, dulling,
     electrifying, exquisite, extraordinary, eye-opening, fab, fabulous,
     fair, famous, fine, fine and dandy, first-class, first-rate,
     first-string, gear, glamorous, glorious, glowing, gorgeous, grand,
     great, groovy, hair-raising, handsome, heavenly, heavy, hot,
     hunky-dory, jam-up, jarring, jolting, just dandy, keen, killing,
     knockout, lovely, magnificent, marvy, mean, mind-boggling,
     narcotic, neat, nifty, nobby, number one, numbing, okay,
     out of sight, overpowering, overwhelming, paralyzing, peachy,
     peachy-keen, petrifying, pretty, pulchritudinous, radiant, raving,
     ravishing, remarkable, resplendent, ripping, royal, rum,
     scrumptious, sensational, shining, shocking, slap-up, smashing,
     solid, something else, sparkling, spectacular, spiffing, spiffy,
     splendid, splendorous, splendrous, staggering, startling, striking,
     stupefying, stupendous, sublime, superb, superior, surprising,
     swell, terrifying, terror, terror-bearing, terror-breathing,
     terror-breeding, terror-bringing, terror-fraught, terror-giving,
     terror-inspiring, terror-striking, terrorful, terroristic, top,
     tough, wizard, wonderful

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      Mind-bogglingly stupid. Usually used in sarcasm. ?You want to code what in
      Ada? That's a ... stunning idea!?

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