Deafen
Deafen Deaf"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deafened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deafening}.] [From {Deaf}.] 1. To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly. [1913 Webster]

Deafened and stunned with their promiscuous cries. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar, by lining with paper, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • deafen — 1590s, to make deaf, from DEAF (Cf. deaf) + EN (Cf. en) (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid 15c.). For to become deaf, to grow deaf, O.E. had adeafian (intrans.), which survived into M.E. as deave but then took on a transitive sense from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • deafen — ► VERB 1) cause to become deaf. 2) (deafening) extremely loud. DERIVATIVES deafeningly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • deafen — [def′ən] vt. 1. to make deaf 2. to overwhelm with noise 3. Archaic to drown out (a sound) with a louder sound deafening adj., n. deafeningly adv …   English World dictionary

  • deafen — UK [ˈdef(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms deafen : present tense I/you/we/they deafen he/she/it deafens present participle deafening past tense deafened past participle deafened 1) if a noise deafens you, you cannot hear anything else… …   English dictionary

  • deafen — verb make deaf. ↘[as adjective deafening] extremely loud. ↘(deafen someone to) (of a sound) make someone unaware of (other sounds). Derivatives deafeningly adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • deafen — transitive verb (deafened; deafening) Date: 1597 to make deaf < was deafened by the explosion > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deafen — deafeningly, adv. /def euhn/, v.t. 1. to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life. 2. to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us. 3. deaden (def. 3). 4. Obs. to render (a sound) inaudible, esp. by a louder… …   Universalium

  • deafen — verb a) To make deaf, either temporarily or permanently b) To make soundproof …   Wiktionary

  • deafen — deaf·en def ən vb, deaf·ened; deaf·en·ing (ə )niŋ vt to make deaf vi to cause deafness or stun one with noise deaf·en·ing·ly (ə )niŋ lē adv …   Medical dictionary

  • deafen — Synonyms and related words: awake the dead, baffle, blast, blast the ear, boom, crash, crescendo, cushion, damp, dampen, deaden, din, dull, fill the air, muffle, mute, peal, rattle the windows, rend the air, rend the ears, resound, ring, rise,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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