American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Material used for soundproofing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device or material employed to deaden or render dull. Specifically— A device preventing the transmission of sound, as from one part of a building to another.
- n. A tract of land on which the trees have been killed by girdling.
- v. present participle of deaden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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).
- n. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
- adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
“Another problem is that often within them lies what I call the deadening paradox.”
“• 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.”
“Was this an expression of the "deadening" of the human spirit that takes place in Florida?”
“Blocked feelings lead to a "deadening" of our emotions”
“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.”
“It seems reasonable, on the evidence herein presented, to class alcohol among the narcotic or "deadening" drugs, such as ether or chloroform.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I had walked on for some distance, without meeting any object of special interest, when, passing through a large "deadening,”
“At the same time it's a kind of deadening question for journalists to be asking of other journalists.”
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