Definitions of deaden

  1. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen.
  2. To lessen the sharpness, intensity, or vigor of; as, the medicine was given to deaden the pain; retard; blunt; render nonconductive; make tasteless or stale; deprive of gloss or brilliancy; kill by girdling.
  3. To make dead: to deprive partly of vigor or sensation: to blunt: to lessen.
  4. To deprive of strength or feeling; to dull; lessen.
  5. To diminish in force; dull; retard.
  6. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; " Terror blunted her feelings"; " deaden a sound"
  7. convert ( metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
  8. become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
  9. lessen the momentum or velocity of; " deaden a ship's headway"
  10. make vapid or deprive of spirit; " deadened wine"
  11. To diminish the force of; to render less susceptible of feeling; to retard; to blunt; to make vapid or spiritless; to take off gloss or brilliancy.
  12. To lessen force, vigour, or sensation; to blunt; to retard; to render spiritless; to smother, as sound; to cloud or obscure.
  13. Deadliness.
  14. 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.
  15. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.
  16. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.
  17. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.