Deadened
Deaden Dead"en (d[e^]d"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deadened} (d[e^]d"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deadening}.] [From {Dead}; cf. AS. d?dan to kill, put to death. See {Dead}, a.] 1. To make as dead; to impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; to lessen the force or acuteness of; to blunt; as, to deaden the natural powers or feelings; to deaden a sound. [1913 Webster]

As harper lays his open palm Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway. [1913 Webster]

3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine. [1913 Webster]

4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size. [1913 Webster]

5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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