stark: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (stärk), [key]
— adj., adv. -er, -est,
  1. sheer, utter, downright, or complete: stark madness.
  2. harsh, grim, or desolate, as a view, place, etc.: a stark landscape.
  3. extremely simple or severe: a stark interior.
  4. bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized: the stark reality of the schedule's deadline.
  5. stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.
  6. rigid in death.
  7. strong; powerful; massive or robust.
  1. utterly, absolutely, or quite: stark mad.
  2. in a stark manner; stoutly or vigorously.


Pronunciation: (stärk for 2 also Ger. shtärk), [key]
  1. 1880–1972, U.S. admiral.
  2. 1874–1957, German physicist: Nobel prize 1919.
  3. 1728–1822, American Revolutionary War general.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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