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Dictionary definition for: Stiffness

1. (n) the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend

2. (n) the property of moving with pain or difficulty; "he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"

3. (n) the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

4. (n) excessive sternness; "severity of character" "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman" "the rigors of boot camp"

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