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

  • intransitive verb To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
  • intransitive verb To make soundproof.
  • intransitive verb To cause permanent or momentary deafness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

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

  • transitive verb To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly.
  • transitive verb (Arch.) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar, by lining with paper, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make deaf, either temporarily or permanently
  • verb To make soundproof

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

  • verb make or render deaf
  • verb be unbearably loud
  • verb make soundproof


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