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Definition of the noun to stuff

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Specialised definition of the noun to stuff

Glossary of sports / baseball

the ability to throw the ball with speed and movement (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: he has excellent stuff, but his control lets him down.
  • usage: slang

Definition of the verb to stuff

What does to stuff mean as a doing phrase?

verb - inflections: stuffed | stuffing | stuffs

  1. cram into a cavity
    • examples: The child stuffed candy into his pockets | They stuff the cart with boxes
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dab, daub, drape, dust, heap, load, mound, plant, slather, stack, stock.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cram = put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
    • more specific terms:
  2. press or force
    • examples: Stuff money into an envelope | They stuff the books into the box
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of stuff: shove / squeeze / thrust
    • more generic words: force / push = move with force
  3. obstruct
  4. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
  5. treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting
    • example: stuff a bearskin
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: impregnate / saturate = infuse or fill completely
    • entailment: tan = treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
  6. fill tightly with a material
    • example: stuff a pillow with feathers
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense
    • more specific word: cork = stuff with cork
  7. fill with a stuffing while cooking

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Google previewQuiz Therapy

Addiction to stuff is a real addiction! And changing that requires a gentle touch. (30–38 points) About Average While your life isn't ruled by your possessions, you could use an organizing tune-up. Realize that it takes 21 consecutive days of repeating an action to make it a habit. Make a list of positive habits ...

Google previewI Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! (2015)

Organizing for the Maximum Life by Dianne Barker

• Emotional attachment to stuff is a curable personality trait.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To Stuff, v.a. (from the noun.) 1. To meat,. S. T. U. S T U( 505 . )...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary (1821)

by William Grimshaw

constiño; con, together, and stifio, to stuff. CONSTITUENT. s. A necessary part; one who appoints. L. constituens.—See CONSTITUTE. CONSTITUTE. v. To form; to appoint. L. constituo; con, together, and statuo, to establish. CONSTITUTION. s. The act of constituting; frame. L. constitutio.—See CONSTITUTE. CONSTRAIN. v. To compel. F. constraindre; L. con, together, and stringo, to bind. . . CONSTRUE. v. To explain; to interpret. L. construo; from con, together, and struo, to arrange.

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

mmuccatura; with the ~ buccale; to stuff one's ~ full appilarse 'a vocca; to talk with your mouth full tené 'a purpetta ...

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And Warner Bros. seems to be pretty much into re-releasing all of their catalog. So there's the Warner Bros. stuff and the stuff that we have control over, we're gradually re-releasing it. Some stuff we don't have control over. (Jerry Garcia)
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