- a device or material employed to deaden or render dull.
- a device or material preventing the transmission of sound.
- a woodland in which the trees are killed by girdling prior to being cleared.
Origin of deadening
- to make less sensitive, active, energetic, or forcible; weaken: to deaden sound; to deaden the senses; to deaden the force of a blow.
- to lessen the velocity of; retard: to deaden the headway of a ship.
- to make impervious to sound, as a floor.
- to become dead.
Origin of deaden
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1. blunt, diminish, lessen, numb, dull.
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Examples from the Web for deadening
Its recurring phrase is now the deadening, argument-stifling “As a mom,” cited frequently by Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
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Yes, many of those jobs are poorly paid and deadening, agreed and acknowledged.Economic News We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving
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What was it about Martin, she wondered afresh, that had held her through all these deadening years?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
One of its legs caught Garnache on the sword arm, deadening it for a second.St. Martin's Summer
His ambitions were already sullied by many unworthy and deadening ideas.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
I remember now how deadening their look was, in their very lustre and moveless calm.Daisy
Deeper grew the deadening of his ears, and orientation was lost.Instinct
George Oliver Smith
- to make or become less sensitive, intense, lively, etc; damp or be damped down; dull
- (tr) to make acoustically less resonanthe deadened the room with heavy curtains
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Word Origin and History for deadening
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