(adjective) without any qualifications or disguise or decoration; complete or extreme; entirely; absolutely; quite
Something that is stark is very plain in appearance. the stark white, characterless fireplace in the drawing room. + starkly stark·ly The desert was luminous, starkly beautiful
Stark choices or statements are harsh and unpleasant. UK companies face a stark choice if they want to stay competitive In his celebration speech, he issued a stark warning to Washington and other Western capitals. = harsh + starkly stark·ly The point is a starkly simple one
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"
If two things are in stark contrast to one another, they are very different from each other in a way that is very obvious. secret cooperation between London and Washington that was in stark contrast to official policy. + starkly stark·ly The outlook now is starkly different
born Oct. 2, 1901, Windsor, Mo., U.S. died July 25, 1987, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. aeronautical engineer. He taught at MIT from 1935, where he developed a gunsight for naval anti-aircraft guns that was installed on most U.S. naval vessels in World War II. His inertial guidance system, called spatial inertial reference equipment (SPIRE), allowed planes, submarines, and ballistic missiles to travel thousands of miles to their destinations without reference to outside navigational aids, such as radio or the positions of celestial bodies. His group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also developed guidance systems for the Apollo program. He is memorialized in the annual Charles Stark Draper Prize for achievement in engineering
born Aug. 28, 1728, Londonderry, N.H. died May 8, 1822, Manchester, N.H., U.S. American Revolutionary officer. He served in the French and Indian War with Robert Rogers's Rangers (1754-59). In the American Revolution he fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and in New Jersey. He commanded the militia that defeated the British at the Battle of Bennington, Vt. Promoted to brigadier general of the Continental Army, he helped force the British surrender at the Battle of Saratoga and then served in Rhode Island. In 1780 he was a member of the court-martial that condemned Maj. John André, who had spied for the British. In 1783 he was made a major general
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