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Definitions of dead

  1. quickly and without warning; " he stopped suddenly"
  2. 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"
  3. ( informal) very tired; " was all in at the end of the day"; " so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; " bushed after all that exercise"; " I'm dead after that long trip"
  4. 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"
  5. people who are no longer living; " they buried the dead"
  6. a time when coldness ( or some other quality associated with death) is intense; " the dead of winter"
  7. devoid of activity; " this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"
  8. physically inactive; " Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
  9. 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"
  10. 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"
  11. not endowed with life; " the inorganic world is inanimate"; " inanimate objects"; " dead stones"
  12. drained of electric charge; discharged; " a dead battery"; " left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
  13. no longer in force or use; inactive; " a defunct ( or dead) law"; " a defunct organization"
  14. not circulating or flowing; " dead air"; " dead water"; " stagnant water"
  15. total; " dead silence"; " utter seriousness"
  16. sudden and complete; " came to a dead stop"
  17. ( followed by ` to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; " passersby were dead to our plea for help"; " numb to the cries for mercy"
  18. not yielding a return; " dead capital"; " idle funds"
  19. lacking animation or excitement or activity; " the party being dead we left early"; " it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
  20. no longer having force or relevance; " a dead issue"
  21. lacking resilience or bounce; " a dead tennis ball"
  22. not surviving in active use; " Latin is a dead language"
  23. out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; " a dead telephone line"; " the motor is dead"
  24. unerringly accurate; " a dead shot"; " took dead aim"
  25. lacking acoustic resonance; " dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; " the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
  26. very tired; " was all in at the end of the day"; " so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; " bushed after all that exercise"; " I'm dead after that long trip"
  27. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
  28. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
  29. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight.
  30. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor.
  31. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade.
  32. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc.
  33. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall.
  34. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty.
  35. Bringing death; deadly.
  36. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works.
  37. Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson.
  38. 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.
  39. Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
  40. To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly.
  41. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter.
  42. To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.
  43. To die; to lose life or force.
  44. Thoroughly.
  45. 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 man.
  46. Flat; without gloss; - said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect.
  47. One who is dead; - commonly used collectively.
  48. Carrying no current, or producing no useful effect; - said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and, therefore, is not in use.
  49. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; - said of a ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.
  50. Having ceased to live without life; inanimate; resembling death; inactive; disused; complete; as, a dead loss; sure as death; as, a dead shot; out of the game or play.
  51. One or many dead persons: used after the; the point or degree of greatest lifelessness; as, the dead of night.
  52. Absolutely; exactly; as, he was dead wrong.
  53. 1. Without life. 2. Numb.
  54. Deprived of life: that never had life: deathlike: useless: dull: cold and cheerless: without vegetation: perfect.
  55. The time of greatest stillness.
  56. Those who are dead.
  57. Time of greatest silence.
  58. Without life; dull; still.
  59. Lifeless; insensible; numb; motionless; inanimate; dull.
  60. Complete; utter; absolute.
  61. Unproductive; useless.
  62. The most lifeless period, as of night.
  63. Dead persons collectively.
  64. Having ceased to live; without life; death like; still or motionless as death; blank; sure as death; useless; unprofitable; unreal; dull; tasteiess; vapid; deep; not acting; spiritless; without spiritual life, or the principle of Christian life; cut off from the rights of a citizen; not glossy; not gay or bright. The dead, dead men. Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken, and known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Dead- lock, a complete standstill from complication.
  65. The time when things are most still or dead; those dead.
  66. Deprived of life; deceased; without life; that never had life; senseless; inactive; perfectly still; tasteless; vapid; perfect or complete, as a dead shot; wholly under the power of sin.
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Usage examples for dead

  1. You ain't dead yet." – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  2. Is he dead now? – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  3. Eglington was dead Eglington was dead Eglington was dead – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  4. Do you think she is dead – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  5. Get into the lake quick or you're dead men! – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  6. No, I'm not dead – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. Do I look like a dead one? – I Married a Ranger by Dama Margaret Smith
  8. I tell ye he's no dead – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. " So Applegate's not dead – The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  10. I might come it over a live man, you know, but not a dead one. – Driven Back to Eden by E. P. Roe
  11. I know he is dead – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  12. Is he dead too? – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  13. How do you know that she is dead – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers
  14. Then he must be dead – Herbert Carter's Legacy by Horatio Alger
  15. Then you are not dead Mohun! – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  16. Pasquale dead and shot by an American? – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  17. The very same Week, however, I was informed he had been found dead in his Bed. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  18. No. Why, the poor fellow's dead – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. Sure my dead Father ne're design'd it so? – The Fatal Jealousie (1673) by Henry Nevil Payne Commentator: Willard Thorp
  20. What good will it do you when yo're dead – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
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