[ ded-n ]
/ ˈdɛd n /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to become dead.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
OTHER WORDS FROM deadendead·en·er, nounun·dead·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deaden
/ (ˈdɛdən) /
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
Derived forms of deadendeadener, noundeadening, adjective
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