- the state or condition of being rigid or firm:The bicycle’s frame is well balanced, with excellent stiffness throughout.Conventional wisdom has been that longer knife blades need more carbon for stiffness.
- the state or condition of being unable to move easily:Proper stretching will help you avoid joint stiffness and muscle tension after a workout.
- lack of ease or grace:The teacher offers advice on how to get over the stiffness or outright paralysis that can creep in when people make writing into a “big deal.”
- the state or condition of being rigidly formal:There was a stiffness to the encounter, but the ambassador was not unfriendly.If representatives meet only under official circumstances, a degree of stiffness is introduced which does not allow people to exchange ideas as freely.
- the state or condition of being excessive, difficult, or severe:The council expressed concern about the stiffness of the fines and sentences for such minor infractions.
- the state or condition of being compact; density: A variety of sediment samples are needed in order to recover different types of sediment, mainly based on their stiffness.
- Byrnes and his collaborators have found that the thin patagium is rich in muscles, and some parts are stiffer than others.
- Maps is another place where Apple’s got some pretty stiff competition from Google.
- Colman keeps a stiff upper lip, even as the role begins to shift out from under her.
- By this April, SoftBank admitted that it was on track to take stiff losses from its Vision Fund portfolio, which, when combined with other investing losses, pushed the company into a rare loss for the year.
- There’s an old Polish woman, for instance, whose stiff, territorial energy I can feel whenever I show up to Gaston Park the day after a rain.
- Early signs are often movement-related, including tremors, stiffness, and problems with walking.
- Other auras include neck stiffness, lack of focus, and nausea.
- Your miner friends notice the stiffness of your walk and chaff you about it.
- Some senior Whitehall sources believed that there was an early “stiffness” between the Queen and Mrs. Thatcher.
- But Norris is so inviolably the real thing that even his mind-boggling thespian stiffness works as a badge of pride.
- Madame Ratignolle begged Robert to accompany her to the house; she complained of cramp in her limbs and stiffness of the joints.
- Here was none of the old-time stiffness of Capheaton, and there was a conspicuous absence of dead masters and their pupils.
- "He was not in my service," said Nigel, with a sudden, very English stiffness that was almost like haughtiness.
- As Nejdi, too, was showing signs of stiffness, Malcolm mounted one of the spare animals and led the Arab.
- Jim led the horses to a little stream of water as the girls stamped the stiffness out of their cramped legs.