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- n. Absent or reduced sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation.
- n. Inability or reduced ability to experience emotion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of being numb; that state of a living body in which it loses, wholly or in part, the power of feeling or motion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being numb; that state of a living body in which it has not the power of feeling, as when paralytic or chilled by cold: torpidity; torpor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. partial or total lack of sensation in a part of the body; a symptom of nerve damage or dysfunction
- n. the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
Long enough continued it will even produce that permanent insensibility which we call numbness, and a little longer, muscular as well as sensational paralysis.
The one obvious difference between these two moments was that the former left me awash in numbness and confusion.
The numbness is described as if a part of the body is “asleep”.
The viewer may become so over-stimulated that a certain numbness can take hold, limiting emotional penetration.
In this losing proposition, you trade short-term numbness for long-term grief.
She achieves a certain numbness that makes you wonder what's really going on inside her head
There is a certain numbness and acceptance of death carried by the townsfolk.
Execution … exaltation … That certain numbness setting in again … Norbert Blei
Right now, numbness is being replaced by magical thinking.
The word numbness returns to my mind in connexion with this young
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