deafening

[ def-uh-ning ]
/ ˈdɛf ə nɪŋ /

noun

Origin of deafening

First recorded in 1590–1600; deafen + -ing1

Related forms

half-deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbqua·si-deaf·en·ing, adjective

Definition for deafening (2 of 2)

deafen

[ def-uh n ]
/ ˈdɛf ən /

verb (used with object)

to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.

Origin of deafen

First recorded in 1590–1600; deaf + -en1

Related forms

deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbhalf-deaf·ened, adjectivenon·deaf·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deafening (1 of 2)

deafening

/ (ˈdɛfənɪŋ) /

adjective

excessively louddeafening music

Derived Forms

deafeningly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for deafening (2 of 2)

deafen

/ (ˈdɛfən) /

verb

(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise

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Medicine definitions for deafening

deafen

[ dĕfən ]

v.

To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.

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