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DEAD noun

Definition of dead (noun)

  1. people who are no longer living
    • "they buried the dead"
    • antonym: living
  2. a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
    • "the dead of winter"

DEAD adjective

Definition of dead (adjective)

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. very tired
    • "was all in at the end of the day"; "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; "bushed after all that exercise"; "I'm dead after that long trip"
    • synonyms: all in, beat, bushed
  4. unerringly accurate
    • "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
  5. physically inactive
    • "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
  6. (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
  7. 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
  8. lacking acoustic resonance
    • "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
  9. not yielding a return
    • "dead capital"; "idle funds"
    • synonyms: idle
  10. not circulating or flowing
    • "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"
    • synonyms: stagnant
  11. not surviving in active use
    • "Latin is a dead language"
  12. lacking resilience or bounce
    • "a dead tennis ball"
  13. out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
    • "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
  14. no longer having force or relevance
    • "a dead issue"
  15. complete
    • "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"
    • synonyms: utter
  16. drained of electric charge; discharged
    • "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
    • synonyms: drained
  17. devoid of activity
    • "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"

DEAD adverb

Definition of dead (adverb)

  1. quickly and without warning
  2. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
    • "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"
    • synonyms: absolutely, perfectly, utterly
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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