- Rhymes: -aʊndɪŋ
- That astounds or astound.
- astounding success; an astounding spectacle
- 1590, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, Prologue,
- […] you shall heare the Scythian Tamburlaine:
- Threatning the world with high astounding tearms
- And scourging kingdoms with his conquering sword
- 1785, Henry Boyd (translator), A Translation of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri, in English Verse, Dublin, Volume 1, Canto 7, Stanza 18, p. 285,
- Wasted in darkness down the pitchy wave,
- We saw the STYGIAN pool her borders lave,
- Fed by th’ astounding cataract on high.
- 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Chapter 3,
- Signor Jupe […] was also to exhibit ‘his astounding feat of throwing seventy-five hundred-weight in rapid succession backhanded over his head, thus forming a fountain of solid iron in mid-air, a feat never before attempted in this or any other country […] ’
- 1930, Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, New York: Knopf, Chapter 13,
- “This is going to be the most astounding thing you’ve ever heard of, sir, and I say that knowing that a man of your caliber in your profession must have known some astounding things in his time.”
- amazing, extraordinary, fantastic, incredible, marvelous, miraculous, phenomenal, remarkable, unbelievable