from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Material used for soundproofing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A device or material employed to deaden or render dull.
  • noun A tract of land on which the trees have been killed by girdling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous.
  • adjective So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
  • noun The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).

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  • verb Present participle of deaden.

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

  • noun the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  • adjective so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness


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