American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
- v. To make soundproof.
- v. To cause permanent or momentary deafness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make deaf; deprive of the power of hearing.
- To stun; render incapable of perceiving or discriminating sounds distinctly: as, to be deafened with clamor or tumult.
- In architecture, to render impervious to sound (as a door or a partition) by means of sound-boarding or pugging.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly.
- v. (Arch.) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar, by lining with paper, etc.
- v. make or render deaf
- v. be unbearably loud
- v. make soundproof
“It was incredible and made me ponder what it would have been like in pre-colonial days when flocks of birds could effectively block the sun out or the sound of hundreds of thousands (more?) birds nesting could deafen a person ...”
“I am also hoping to see acceptance of sound suppressors in the U.S. so we don't have to deafen ourselves or our dogs.”
“And then I take a deep breath; deafen myself to the whining, blind myself to the mess and gather up my kids and our things.”
“As for the suburban commuters who in their road rage deafen us with their horns and shrieking brakes, clog our streets, pollute our air and regularly kill us, they vote elsewhere.”
“The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try and deafen it out.”
“Two recent headlines tugged at my heartstrings: Could ocean acidification deafen dolphins? and Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies.”
“As a society, we too often do what I was guilty of in college: in an attempt to protect ourselves, we deafen ourselves to the stories of those who seem "different.”
“And why the deafen silence of the normally vocal Republicans remain mute, with no loud attacks on everything the Media Imperial President has done, with no rhetorical shouting points repeated ad nauseum, just taking the high road with a few reasonable discussions over actual policy points?”
“Yet television's "analysts" still deafen themselves to those cracks and booms, their ears stuffed with old clichés of voting blocs.”
“Jan. 15th, 2010 09: 47 pm (UTC) yeah, friend: WHO DAT?! and to make matters even more awesome, sean payton re-signed deuce mcalister to serve as an honorary captain and lead the team onto the field. the noise in the dome will deafen me all the way in my uptown apartment.”
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