Usage examples for stiffening

  1. With a bound he grasped it, stiffening his arms, and making a buttress of his feet, and at last the huge leaves partly opened. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  2. However, when they came to see him nearer, and marked the stiffening of his body and the slight toss- up of his head, as he noted the number and the exact character of his guests, their spirits fell again, for he was certainly a broken man, however much he might seek to disguise it. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  3. " I ain't standin'- I'm settin'," retorted Wade with rather feeble wit; but the girl noted with satisfaction the quick, fierce spark of anger that leaped to life in his clear hazel eyes, the instant stiffening of his relaxed figure. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  4. They failed to realize that cowardice was their real keynote, and that the threefold method that they vaunted was quite useless without a stiffening of courage. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  5. " It will hurt to move, sir, and you beaten to a pulp first and then stiffening for the three days you're after lying here; 'tis all I wish I could rub you, with a good bottle of Elliman's to do it with. – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
  6. He saw the warmth fading from the eyes, the hard stern lines settling about the mouth, the cold stiffening of her whole body. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  7. Stiffening slightly, Mrs. Tucker turned inquiringly to Mr. Patterson. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  8. Everingham, somewhat proud of his own diplomatic skill, had noted, however, a certain stiffening of His Grace's figure at the vision which had been conjured before him. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  9. " This must be a secret," she said through stiffening lips. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  10. So long did he sit, holding her hand, that at last he was conscious that it was growing cold within his own, and that the stiffening fingers clutched him, as if they were disposed to keep their hold, and not forego the tie that had been so peculiar. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  11. Then, still looking down, he drew his foot back as though to kick the stiffening clay. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. " Well, I'm going to bet this four hundred and twenty- five thousand dollars that it don't go as low as sixty- two," retorted Wallingford stiffening – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  13. Still I shrank from the duty before me, and, as I knelt down sorrowfully by the dead form and respectfully composed his stiffening limbs, I thought that it was unjust of fate to place a well- meaning man, whose nerves were not of iron, in such a position. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various
  14. So she remained there to continue the struggle, stiffening herself and living on with the one thought of resistance. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  15. Not a word was said that the German could hear, but he could see the recognition run from rank to rank and troop to troop, until the squadron knew to a man; he saw them glance at Ranjoor Singh, and from him to one another, and ride on with a new stiffening and a new air of " now we'll see what comes of it!" – Winds of the World by Talbot Mundy
  16. " No- and there ain't a man on the pay roll we can't do without," Hawkins retorted, his neck stiffening with resentment. – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  17. There was no sound, barely a struggle of the convulsively stiffening old muscles, and then, with a push from De Vac, the body lunged forward into the Thames, where a dull splash marked the end of the last hope that Prince Richard might be rescued from the clutches of his Nemesis. – The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. He instantly associated this peculiar bird- note with the sudden stiffening of Silvertip's body and his attitude of intense listening. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  19. He sighed and frowned, his muscles stiffening unconsciously. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward