1 Severe or bare in appearance or outline.
1.1 Unpleasantly or sharply clear.
2 attributive Complete; sheer.
2.1 rare Completely naked.
3 archaic, literary Stiff, rigid, or incapable of movement.
3.1 Physically strong or powerful.

Old English stearc ‘unyielding, severe’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sterk and German stark ‘strong’.


The stark contrast of wet and dry is a hallmark of thunderstorms, particularly in eastern Colorado.


I was fortunate to see the approach of a storm like the one described here when I was a young man attending a summer camp in Colorado. The approaching storm had an apparently straight line of downpour as we drove on a totally dry road in the storm’s direction. It was an exciting experience.

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