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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 as·ton·ish·ing /-nɪʃɪŋ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·ton·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astonished p. pr. & vb. n. Astonishing.]
 1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.]
    Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen had struck Pistol].   --Shak.
    The very cramp-fish [=\i. e., torpedo] . . . being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others.\=   --Holland.
 2. To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion.
    Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow.   --Sidney.
    I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision.   --Dan. viii. 27.
 Syn: -- To amaze; astound; overwhelm; surprise.
 Usage: -- Astonished, Surprised. We are surprised at what is unexpected. We are astonished at what is above or beyond our comprehension. We are taken by surprise. We are struck with astonishment. --C. J. Smith. See Amaze.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·ton·ish·ing, a. Very wonderful; of a nature to excite astonishment; as, an astonishing event.
 Syn: -- Amazing; surprising; wonderful; marvelous.
 As*ton*ish*ing*ly, adv. -- As*ton*ish*ing*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: surprising greatly; "she does an amazing amount of work";
             "the dog was capable of astonishing tricks" [syn: amazing]
      2: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm; "such an
         enormous response was astonishing"; "an astounding
         achievement"; "the amount of money required was
         staggering"; "suffered a staggering defeat"; "the figure
         inside the boucle dress was stupefying" [syn: astounding,
          staggering, stupefying]