- 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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Examples from the Web for deadener
"I fears me thet wound's mighty liable ter be a deadener," he said.A Pagan of the Hills
Charles Neville Buck
- 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 deadener
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