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startle

(stăr′tĕl) [ME. sterten, stand up stiffly; move quickly]
A response to a sudden stimulus marked by jerking body movements and some or all of the following: defensive posture, tremors, sweating, widened pupils, and a temporary increase in pulse and respiratory rates.
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Prepulses, which are known to suppress startle responses in OOc and SCM while preserving the StartReact effect, were included in some trials with unexpected high intensity stimuli, in order to compare these responses with those without prepulse, and to confirm the startling value of the delivered stimulus.
"We don't have a DNA sample but when you look at the pictures, the resemblance is startling.
Deano tries to talk Chelsea (Tiana Benjamin) into handing the CCTV tape to the police, but she loses possession of the evidence, leading Kevin to make a startling discovery.
Chelsea loses possession of the CCTV tape, leading Kevin to make a startling discovery.
Perhaps the most startling statistic produced by the 1987 report is that 66 percent of the office workers surveyed operate a computer terminal attached to a mainframe or to a personal computer.
The idea of ancient astronauts is perhaps not new; but the evidence is startling and convincingly presented.
On a recent expedition to the Foja Mountains in New Guinea, Indonesia, scientists made a startling discovery.
ONE OF THEM, CLIFF THORNTON OF EFFICACY, MAKES THIS STARTLING STATEMENTS, FOLLOWED BY AN EQUALLY STARTLING SOLUTION ...
Before his 1997 suicide, out Scottish singer Billy MacKenzie cut the startling 1982 new-wave classic Sulk (with his band Associates), cowrote Shirley Bassey's "The Rhythm Divine," and filled U.K.
What is startling is that Paul recognizes Phoebe's leadership not only over others but over himself as well.
This startling expose is a 'must' for any definitive American history collection, whether it be for a high school or college library or for a public library collection.
Starting with the silent but startling Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat of 1895-97 and ending with the sometimes silent but many times more startling All About My Mother of 1999, and including every director from Griffith to Keaton, Eisenstein to Capra, Wells, Ford, De Sica, Hitchcock, Akira, Ray, Bergman, Truffaut, Kubrick, Fassbinder, Scorsese, Polanski, Yimou, Spike Lee and Julie Dash, the critics give undergraduates a basic idea of the contexts, contents, themes, narrative devices, and critical reactions for each film, and references for further reading.