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

  • adj. Extremely loud.
  • idiom deafening silence A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. loud enough to cause temporary or permanent hearing loss
  • adj. Very loud
  • v. Present participle of deafen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. extremely loud; so loud as to cause deafness.
  • n. The act or process of rendering impervious to sound, as a floor or wall; also, the material with which the spaces are filled in this process; pugging; sound insulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the pugging used to prevent the passage of sound through floors, partitions, and the like. Also called sound-boarding.

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

  • adj. loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss

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