Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Material used for soundproofing.

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  • v. Present participle of deaden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous.
  • adj. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
  • n. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device or material employed to deaden or render dull.
  • n. A tract of land on which the trees have been killed by girdling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  • adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

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Examples

  • Another problem is that often within them lies what I call the deadening paradox.

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  • • He finds driving a car "deadening," so he takes a bus to work from his home, reading or working on his laptop during the commute.

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  • Was this an expression of the "deadening" of the human spirit that takes place in Florida?

    "My hollow shell gives you the finger."

  • Blocked feelings lead to a "deadening" of our emotions

    Colleen Perry: Battling the Great Depression

  • At the same time, having acknowledged my asexuality, men no longer inspire the kind of deadening fear they always have in me: so it is sad and not relieving when Sebastian merely taps me on the shoulder in the computer lab, says "hey," and rushes out.

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  • It seems reasonable, on the evidence herein presented, to class alcohol among the narcotic or "deadening" drugs, such as ether or chloroform.

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  • He stared at the big chimney of the powerhouse, as tall as the trunk of a poplar in a "deadening" at home, and covered with vines to the top, and he wondered what on earth that could be.

    The Heart of the Hills

  • Soon once more we were in underbrush and presently came square against a staked-and-ridered worm fence around a "deadening" dense with tall corn.

    The Flower of the Chapdelaines

  • I had walked on for some distance, without meeting any object of special interest, when, passing through a large "deadening,"

    Autobiography of a female slave,

  • At the same time it's a kind of deadening question for journalists to be asking of other journalists.

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