Definition of dead (noun)
- people who are no longer living
- "they buried the dead"
- antonym: living
- a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
- "the dead of winter"
Definition of dead (adjective)
- no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
- "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
- antonym: alive
- not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat
- "Mars is a dead planet"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
- antonym: live
- very tired
- unerringly accurate
- "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
- physically inactive
- "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
- (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
- "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"
- synonyms: numb
- devoid of physical sensation; numb
- "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
- synonyms: deadened
- lacking acoustic resonance
- "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
- not yielding a return
- "dead capital"; "idle funds"
- synonyms: idle
- not circulating or flowing
- "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"
- synonyms: stagnant
- not surviving in active use
- "Latin is a dead language"
- lacking resilience or bounce
- "a dead tennis ball"
- out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
- "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
- no longer having force or relevance
- "a dead issue"
- "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"
- synonyms: utter
- drained of electric charge; discharged
- "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
- synonyms: drained
- devoid of activity
- "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"
Definition of dead (adverb)
- quickly and without warning
- completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
Source: Princeton University Wordnet