Dulling
Dull Dull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Duller}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dulling}.] 1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. ``This . . . dulled their swords.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Those [drugs] she has Will stupefy and dull the sense a while. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Use and custom have so dulled our eyes. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. ``Dulls the mirror.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden. [1913 Webster]

Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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