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  • n. Something that deadens

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, deadens or checks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person or thing that deadens, dulls, checks, or represses.
  • n. In lumbering, a heavy log or timber, with spikes set in the butt-end, so fastened in a log-slide that the logs passing under it come in contact with the spikes and are retarded.


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  • Another good sound deadener is to place foam on certain sides of the walls.

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  • I thought I better get back on the bike and post something before I get too comfortable sitting around reading, watching television (pay TV is an evil brain deadener), listening to music, and playing with the dogs.

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  • We found that we had to wrap them with fiberglass insulation as a sound deadener for installations on the upper floors of buildings, or the water flowing through them sounded like a huge leak, especially flushing toilets.

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  • Tabannuj is = our anæsthetic administered before an operation, a deadener of pain like myrrh and a number of other drugs.

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  • Harrison Smith embraced the opportunity of pouring out a perfect deadener for his host into which he discreetly added a pinch of cigar ash from a convenient stump (a concoction which in the absence of more potent drugs will produce very gratifying results).

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  • This internal shell is capable of serving for currents of quantity, and, when the two terminals are united by a wire, it may serve as a deadener.

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  • The arrangement for driving the piles was as follows: A metal cap was set over the head of the pile, on this was set the guide cap having the usual wood deadener and on this was placed a wood deadener about 1 ft. long.

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  • Not until she accompanied a girl to an opium joint to discover whether dope had the merits claimed for it as a deadener of pain and a producer of happiness -- not until then did Freddie come in person.

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  • It has a round table in the centre covered with a decorated woolen cloth, that has soaked in the grease of many dinners, for though it should be always taken off, it is easier to spread the cloth upon it than change it for the blanket deadener that one owns.

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  • "I fears me thet wound's mighty liable ter be a deadener," he said.

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