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.
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How to use deadening in a sentence
Its recurring phrase is now the deadening, argument-stifling “As a mom,” cited frequently by Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.
Hired as a mechanic, he would soon find himself behind the wheel, yet “he found oval racing a deadening merry-go-round.”Must Reads: ‘How to Survive the Titanic,’ ‘The Limit,’ and More | Lucy Scholes, Kevin Canfield, Mythili Rao | December 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, many of those jobs are poorly paid and deadening, agreed and acknowledged.Economic News We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving | Zachary Karabell | November 24, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Never has there been a religion more depressing, more hopeless, more deadening to all initiative.Where Half The World Is Waking Up | Clarence Poe
And in a few minutes Paul heard his father's heavy steps go thudding over the deadening snow.Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
Missionaries in foreign-mission lands speak much of the peculiar, deadening, moral atmosphere there.Quiet Talks with World Winners | S. D. Gordon
Nothing is more deadening and more commonplace than this peculiar form of wit, when it becomes a habit or offers itself in a mass.Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
Night and the March moon awake the winter-dormant wilderness from the white man's deadening spell.The Firing Line | Robert W. Chambers