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  • v. To be obvious or conspicuous, in contrast to one's surroundings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. steer away from shore, of ships
  • v. be stubborn in resolution or resistance
  • v. be highly noticeable
  • v. distinguish oneself


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  • Characteristics is a perfect gallery of spiritual portraits, and the two or three strokes he gives to Alexander Gordon make him stand out impressively and memorably to all who understand and care for the things of the Spirit.

    Samuel Rutherford

  • The skin is flushed over the face and neck, down to the clavicles, and the veins of the forehead and neck stand out like thick cords.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • If you are a schoolma'am from Peoria, taking your vacation, follow my advice and make your home in the “Bedford District,” within easy reach of Stopford Brooke's chapel, and your London visit will stand out forever as a bright oasis in memory's desert waste.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • He considered his available stock of Irregulars: Hammett was not only noticeable but known to the woman; Long would stand out anywhere outside Chinatown; the lad Tyson could not be trusted to keep to the shadows — he would want to sail in, guns blazing.

    Locked Rooms

  • What made this episode stand out was that Brzezinski went out of his way to highlight his position publicly, to represent himself as seeking to toughen the administrations policyeven when the president was on the other side.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Above, see the slender-flowered fibrils, unceasingly swayed, of the purply amourette, which sheds in profusion its yellowy anthers; the snowy pyramids of the field and water glyceria; the green locks of the barren bromus; the tapered plumes of the agrosits, called wind-ears; violet-hued hopes with which first dreams are crowned, and which stand out on the grey ground of flax where the light radiates round these blossoming herbs.


  • The sterno-cleido-mastoid muscles (which serve to bend the head on the chest) stand out prominently, as if swollen, and the skin in front of them is much wrinkled.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • King and Witan stand out as distinct powers, each of which needs the assent of the other to its acts, and which may always refuse that assent.

    William the Conqueror

  • Blackening the edges, for example, will make the shape stand out more clearly, especially against the white walls of a gallery.


  • The chief characteristic is the fact that the breach has created a background against which all values and all perpetuations of the union now stand out more consciously and clearly.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations


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