- (adverb) quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
- (adjective) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
- (adverb) completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers; "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you''re perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"
- (adjective) not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat; "Mars is a dead planet"; "a dead battery"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
- (noun) a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
- (adjective) unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
- (adjective) physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
- (adjective) not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"; "dead stones"
- (adjective) 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"
- (adjective) lacking acoustic resonance "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
- (adjective) not yielding a return "dead capital"; "idle funds"
- (adjective) out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
- (adjective) not surviving in active use "Latin is a dead language"
- (adjective) lacking resilience or bounce "a dead tennis ball"
- (adjective) no longer in force or use; inactive "a defunct (or dead) law"; "a defunct organization"
- (adjective) no longer having force or relevance "a dead issue"
- (adjective) drained of electric charge; discharged "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
- (adjective) lacking animation or excitement or activity "the party being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
- (adjective) devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"
- (a.) Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to
that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have
irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead
- (a.) Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
- (a.) Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of
life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
- (a.) Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm;
a dead load or weight.
- (a.) So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a
- (a.) Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead
capital; dead stock in trade.
- (a.) Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye;
dead fire; dead color, etc.
- (a.) Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead
- (a.) Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a
- (a.) Bringing death; deadly.
- (a.) Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith;
- (a.) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been
applied purposely to have this effect.
- (a.) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as
compared with crimson.
- (a.) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power
of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk
is civilly dead.
- (a.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a
lathe, etc. See Spindle.
- (adv.) To a degree resembling death; to the last degree;
- (n.) The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest
repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter.
- (n.) One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.
- (v. t.) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or
- (v. i.) To die; to lose life or force.
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