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A dead dog

  • a thing of no use or value. 1 Sam. xxiv. 14.
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brain dead

  • adjective satellite having irreversible loss of brain function as indicated by a persistent flat electroencephalogram
    • was declared brain dead
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Dead ahead

  • adverb exactly ahead or in front
    • the laboratory is dead ahead
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  • (Naut.), directly ahead; said of a ship or any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point toward which a vessel would go.
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dead air

  • noun an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound
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Dead angle

  • (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen or defended from behind the parapet.
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dead axle

  • noun an axle that carries a wheel but without power to drive it
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dead beat

Dead` beat"
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  1. See Beat, n., 7. Low, U.S.
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Dead block

  • either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.
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dead body

  • noun a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
    body.
    • they found the body in the lake
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Dead calm

  • (Naut.), no wind at all.
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dead center

  • noun the position of a crank when it is in line with the connecting rod and not exerting torque
    dead center.
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Dead center, ∨ Dead point

  • (Mach.), either of two points in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by, the lever L.
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dead centre

  • noun the position of a crank when it is in line with the connecting rod and not exerting torque
    dead center.
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Dead color

  • (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.
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Dead coloring

  • (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this is usually in monochrome.
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Dead door

  • (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the outside of the quarter-gallery door.
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dead drop

  • noun a drop used for the clandestine exchange of intelligence information
    • a dead drop avoids the need for an intelligence officer and a spy to be present at the same time
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Dead drunk

  • so drunk as to be unconscious.
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dead duck

  • noun something doomed to failure
    • he finally admitted that the legislation was a dead duck
    • the idea of another TV channel is now a dead duck
    • as theories go, that's a dead duck
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dead end

  • noun a passage with access only at one end
    cul; cul de sac.
  • noun a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
    impasse; deadlock; standstill; stalemate.
    • reached an impasse on the negotiations
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Dead flat

  • (Naut.), the widest or midship frame.
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Dead freight

  • (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity. Abbott.
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Dead ground

  • (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there is no ore.
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Dead hand

  • noun real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
    mortmain.
  • noun the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    mortmain; dead hand.
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  • a hand that can not alienate, as of a person civilly dead. "Serfs held in dead hand." Morley. See Mortmain.
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dead hand of the past

  • noun the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    mortmain; dead hand.
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Dead head

  • (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor buoy.
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Dead heat

  • noun a tie in a race
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  • a heat or course between two or more race horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal, so that neither wins.
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Dead horse

  • an expression applied to a debt for wages paid in advance. Law
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Dead language

  • noun a language that is no longer learned as a native language
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  • a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
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Dead letter

  • noun the state of something that has outlived its relevance
    non-issue.
  • noun mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
    dead letter.
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  • . (a) A letter which, after lying for a certain fixed time uncalled for at the post office to which it was directed, is then sent to the general post office to be opened. (b) That which has lost its force or authority; as, the law has become a dead letter.
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Dead level

  • a term applied to a flat country.
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Dead lift

  • a direct lift, without assistance from mechanical advantage, as from levers, pulleys, etc.; hence, an extreme emergency. "(As we say) at a dead lift." Robynson (More's Utopia).
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Dead line

  • (Mil.), a line drawn within or around a military prison, to cross which involves for a prisoner the penalty of being instantly shot.
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Dead load

  • noun a constant load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) due to the weight of the supported structure itself
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  • (Civil Engin.), a constant, motionless load, as the weight of a structure, in distinction from a moving load, as a train of cars, or a variable pressure, as of wind.
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dead mail

  • noun mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
    dead letter.
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Dead march

  • noun a slow march to be played for funeral processions
    funeral march.
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  • (Mus.), a piece of solemn music intended to be played as an accompaniment to a funeral procession.
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dead metaphor

  • noun a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., `he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word `snake')
    frozen metaphor.
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Dead nettle

  • noun foul-smelling perennial Eurasiatic herb with a green creeping rhizome
    hedge nettle; Stachys sylvatica.
  • noun any of various plants of the genus Lamium having clusters of small usually purplish flowers with two lips
  • noun coarse bristly Eurasian plant with white or reddish flowers and foliage resembling that of a nettle; common as a weed in United States
    hemp nettle; Galeopsis tetrahit.
  • noun a plants of the genus Pilea having drooping green flower clusters and smooth translucent stems and leaves
    richweed; Pilea pumilla; clearweed.
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  • (Bot.), a harmless plant with leaves like a nettle (Lamium album).
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Dead oil

  • (Chem.), the heavy oil obtained in the distillation of coal tar, and containing phenol, naphthalus, etc.
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dead on target

  • adjective satellite accurately placed or thrown
    true.
    • his aim was true
    • he was dead on target
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dead person

  • noun someone who is no longer alive
    dead person; decedent; departed; deceased person; deceased.
    • I wonder what the dead person would have done
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Dead plate

  • (Mach.), a solid covering over a part of a fire grate, to prevent the entrance of air through that part.
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Dead pledge

  • a mortgage. See Mortgage.
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Dead point

  • . (Mach.) See Dead center.
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Dead reckoning

  • noun an estimate based on little or no information
    guesswork; guess; shot; guessing.
  • noun navigation without the aid of celestial observations
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  • (Naut.), the method of determining the place of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as given by compass, and the distance made on each course as found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the aid of celestial observations.
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dead ringer

  • noun a person who is almost identical to another
    ringer; clone.
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Dead rise

  • the transverse upward curvature of a vessel's floor.
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Dead rising

  • an elliptical line drawn on the sheer plan to determine the sweep of the floorheads throughout the ship's length.
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dead room

  • noun a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
    morgue; mortuary.
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dead sea

  • noun a saltwater lake on the border between Israel and Jordan; its surface in 1292 feet below sea level
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dead sea scrolls

  • noun (Old Testament) a collection of written scrolls (containing nearly all of the Old Testament) found in a cave near the Dead Sea in the late 1940s
    • the Dead Sea Scrolls provide information about Judaism and the Bible around the time of Jesus
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Dead set

  • adjective satellite fixed in your purpose
    bent on; bent; out to.
    • bent on going to the theater
    • dead set against intervening
    • out to win every event
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  • . See under Set.
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Dead shot

  • . (a) An unerring marksman. (b) A shot certain to be made.
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Dead smooth

  • the finest cut made; said of files.
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dead soul

  • noun someone who is no longer alive
    dead person; decedent; departed; deceased person; deceased.
    • I wonder what the dead person would have done
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Dead wall

  • (Arch.), a blank wall unbroken by windows or other openings.
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Dead water

  • (Naut.), the eddy water closing in under a ship's stern when sailing.
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Dead weight

  • noun an oppressive encumbrance
  • noun a heavy motionless weight
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  • . (a) A heavy or oppressive burden. Dryden. (b) (Shipping) A ship's lading, when it consists of heavy goods; or, the heaviest part of a ship's cargo. (c) (Railroad) The weight of rolling stock, the live weight being the load. Knight.
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Dead wind

  • (Naut.), a wind directly ahead, or opposed to the ship's course.
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dead-air space

  • noun an unventilated area where no air circulates
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dead-end

  • adjective satellite lacking opportunities for development or advancement
    • stuck in a dead-end job
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dead-end street

  • noun a street with only one way in or out
    blind alley; impasse; cul de sac.
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dead-eye

Dead"-eye` noun
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  1. (Naut.) A round, flattish, wooden block, encircled by a rope, or an iron band, and pierced with three holes to receive the lanyard; -- used to extend the shrouds and stays, and for other purposes. Called also deadman's eye. Totten.
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Dead-letter office

  • a department of the general post office where dead letters are examined and disposed of.
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dead-man's float

  • noun a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
    prone float.
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dead-man's-fingers

  • noun the fruiting bodies of the fungi of the genus Xylaria
    dead-man's-fingers; Xylaria polymorpha.
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dead-men's-fingers

  • noun the fruiting bodies of the fungi of the genus Xylaria
    dead-man's-fingers; Xylaria polymorpha.
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dead-on

  • adjective satellite accurate and to the point
    • a dead-on feel for characterization
    • She avoids big scenes...preferring to rely on small gestures and dead-on dialogue"- Peter S.Prescott
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dead-pay

Dead"-pay` noun
Definitions
  1. Pay drawn for soldiers, or others, really dead, whose names are kept on the rolls.
    O you commanders, That, like me, have no dead-pays. Massinger.
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dead-reckoning

Dead"-reck`on*ing noun
Definitions
  1. (Naut.) See under Dead, a.
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Dead-Sea apple

  • . See under Apple.
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dead-stroke

Dead"-stroke` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Mech.) Making a stroke without recoil; deadbeat.
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drop dead

  • verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    decease; give-up the ghost; pop off; perish; die; buy the farm; snuff it; choke; pass away; expire; exit; croak; pass; go; kick the bucket; conk; cash in one's chips.
    • She died from cancer
    • The children perished in the fire
    • The patient went peacefully
    • The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
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drop-dead

  • adverb extremely
    • she was drop-dead gorgeous
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living dead

  • noun a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
    zombie; zombi.
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office of the dead

  • noun an office read or sung before a burial mass in the Roman Catholic Church
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stone-dead

  • adjective satellite as lifeless as a stone
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Stone"-dead` adjective
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  1. As dead as a stone.
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stop dead

  • verb stop moving or become immobilized
    freeze.
    • When he saw the police car he froze
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To be dead

  • to die. Obs.
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To make a dead set

  • to make a determined onset, literally or figuratively.
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white dead nettle

  • noun European dead nettle with white flowers
    Lamium album.
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