deadened Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
    deaden; damp; dampen.
    • muffle the message
  2. verb cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
    girdle; deaden.
    • girdle the plant
  3. verb make vapid or deprive of spirit
    • deadened wine
  4. verb lessen the momentum or velocity of
    • deaden a ship's headway
  5. verb become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
  6. verb make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
    deaden; blunt.
    • Terror blunted her feelings
    • deaden a sound
  7. verb convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
  8. 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
  9. adjective satellite made or become less intense
    • the deadened pangs of hunger