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.
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.
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,