adjective, dead·er, dead·est.
- free from any electric connection to a source of potential difference and from electric charge.
- not having a potential different from that of the earth.
- fully killed.
- unresponsive to heat treatment.
Origin of dead
Examples from the Web for dead
Absent a body, no one can say with absolute certainty whether Castro is dead, even if all signs point in that direction.
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yes, Byrd—dead four-and-a-half years now—was a Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sybil is dead, as is Matthew; Gregson is missing with dark hints about his fate.
When shall we know whether they are dead or alive, whether strong and healthy or moaning upon a bed in hospital?Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
Amorbach was now dead; so he marched into the printing-house and asked for Froben. 'The Age of Erasmus|P. S. Allen
And to be sure when a man rises from the dead thus uninvited—your brother was the sole heir of our late master!The Robbers|Friedrich Schiller
And it was also said of him that it was only for hobgoblins to wrestle with the dead.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
In an instant the whips ceased to fall and the man with the dead soul saw all the Earth before him—and understood.The City and the World and Other Stories|Francis Clement Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for dead
- no longer alive
- (as noun)the dead
- drained of electric charge; fully dischargedthe battery was dead
- not connected to a source of potential difference or electric charge
- (of type) set but no longer needed for useCompare standing (def. 7)
- (of copy) already composed
- to abandon
- informal to surpass or outdistance by far
Word Origin for dead
Word Origin and History for dead
Old English dead "dead," also "torpid, dull;" of water, "still, standing," from Proto-Germanic *dauthaz (cf. Old Saxon dod, Danish død, Swedish död, Old Frisian dad, Middle Dutch doot, Dutch dood, Old High German tot, German tot, Old Norse dauðr, Gothic dauþs "dead"), from PIE *dhou-toz-, from root *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)).
Meaning "insensible" is first attested early 13c. Of places, "inactive, dull," from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adjectival sense of "utter, absolute, quite" (cf. dead drunk first attested 1590s; dead heat, 1796). As an adverb, from late 14c. Dead on is 1889, from marksmanship. Dead duck is from 1844. Dead letter is from 1703, used of laws lacking force as well as uncollected mail. Phrase in the dead of the night first recorded 1540s.
For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenail (c.1350).
Dead soldier "emptied liquor bottle" is from 1913 in that form; the image is older:
Dead man, or Dead marine, a colloquialism for an empty bottle, possibly in humorous recognition of the fact that the spirits have departed. But the French also have the same phrase, un corps mort, a dead body, for which there can be no punning pretext. [Walsh, 1892]
Medicine definitions for dead
Idioms and Phrases with dead
In addition to the idioms beginning with dead
- dead ahead
- dead and buried
- dead as a doornail
- dead beat
- dead drunk
- dead duck
- dead end
- dead from the neck up
- dead heat
- dead horse
- dead in one's tracks
- dead in the water
- dead letter
- dead loss
- dead man
- dead of
- dead on one's feet
- dead ringer
- dead set against
- dead soldier
- dead tired
- dead to rights
- dead to the world
- dead weight
- beat a dead horse
- caught dead
- cut someone dead
- drop dead
- knock dead
- more dead than alive
- over my dead body
- quick and the dead
- stop cold (dead)
- to wake the dead
Also see underdeath.