dead Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun people who are no longer living
- they buried the dead
noun a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
- the dead of winter
adjective no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
- the nerve is dead
- a dead pallor
- he was marked as a dead man by the assassin
adjective not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat
- Mars is a dead planet
- dead soil
- dead coals
- the fire is dead
adjective satellite very tired
beat; bushed; all in.
- was all in at the end of the day
- so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
- bushed after all that exercise
- I'm dead after that long trip
adjective satellite unerringly accurate
- a dead shot
- took dead aim
adjective satellite physically inactive
- Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range
adjective satellite (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
- passersby were dead to our plea for help
- numb to the cries for mercy
adjective satellite devoid of physical sensation; numb
- his gums were dead from the novocain
- she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth
- a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities
adjective satellite lacking acoustic resonance
- dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs
- the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio
adjective satellite not yielding a return
- dead capital
- idle funds
adjective satellite not circulating or flowing
- dead air
- dead water
- stagnant water
adjective satellite not surviving in active use
- Latin is a dead language
adjective satellite lacking resilience or bounce
- a dead tennis ball
adjective satellite out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
- a dead telephone line
- the motor is dead
adjective satellite no longer having force or relevance
- a dead issue
adjective satellite complete
- came to a dead stop
- utter seriousness
adjective satellite drained of electric charge; discharged
- a dead battery
- left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained
adjective satellite devoid of activity; nothing ever happens here"
- this is a dead town
adverb quickly and without warning
suddenly; short; abruptly.
- he stopped suddenly
adverb completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
absolutely; perfectly; utterly.
- an absolutely magnificent painting
- a perfectly idiotic idea
- you're perfectly right
- utterly miserable
- you can be dead sure of my innocence
- was dead tired
- dead right
Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions;"The queen, my lord, is dead." Shak. as, a deadtree; a deadman.
The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger. Arbuthnot.
Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living. Shak.
Destitute of life; inanimate; as,. deadmatter
Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a. deadsleep
Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, deadcalm; a deadload or weight.
So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a. deadfloor
Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, deadcapital; deadstock in trade.
Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, deadeye; deadfire; deadcolor, etc.
Monotonous or unvaried;"The ground is a dead flat." C. Reade. as, a deadlevel or pain; a deadwall.
Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a deadshot; a deadcertainty.
I had them a dead bargain. Goldsmith.
Bringing death; deadly.Shak.
Wanting in religious spirit and vitality;"Dead in trespasses." Eph. ii. 1. as, deadfaith; deadworks.
(Paint.) (a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect. (b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a. deadcolor, as compared with crimson
(Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly. dead
(Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, theSee deadspindle of a lathe, etc. Spindle.
I deme thee, thou must algate be dead. Chaucer.
Syn. -- Inanimate; deceased; extinct. See Lifeless.
To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly.Colloq.
I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy. Dickens.
The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the. deadof winter
When the drum beat at dead of night. Campbell.
One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.
And Abraham stood up from before his dead. Gen. xxiii. 3.
Dead transitive verb
To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.Obs.
Heaven's stern decree, With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me. Chapman.
Dead intransitive verb
To die; to lose life or force.Obs.
So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth straightway. Bacon.
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