deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers numb with cold.
manifesting or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
to make numb.
- numb·ly, adverb
- numb·ness, noun
- half-numb, adjective
- un·numbed, adjective
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How to use numb in a sentence
Although I feel more numb than overwhelmed this year, I am grateful for the simplicity of this dish.Figs stuffed with goat cheese are the low-effort, high-flavor appetizer you need | Ellie Krieger | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The technical distinction is mind-numbing to everyone but securities lawyers, but has some important implications.
Last winter, JaMarcus Crews forced his feet, however numb, to walk a paved public track in the town of Centreville, Alabama, until his calves cramped and sweat bloomed across his T-shirt.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way | by Lizzie Presser | December 15, 2020 | ProPublica
They’re exactly what I want to keep my legs from going numb while cooking dinner on late-fall camping trips.
To keep the blood flow going, she releases saliva from the hypopharynx, which contains a tranquilizer to numb sensation.Evolution made mosquitos into stealthy, sensitive vampires | Erica McAlister | October 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Have I got shot up with painkillers and Xylocaine and different things to numb areas so I can play?
As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever.
But a fleeting impression suggests that rap has a tendency rather to numb as, for all I know, narcotics might.Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed | Michael Daly | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I became numb to the barrage of smells: citrus disinfectants, burning trash, sewage, sweat, and diesel.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan | Nick Willard | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Neubauer says that she was numb and disoriented and scared to talk to the police.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story | Jacob Siegel | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When she thought that he was there at hand, waiting for her, she grew numb with the intoxication of expectancy.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Her soul was numb, her courage seemed dead, and little care had she in that hour of what might betide her now.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
As they sat by the ashes, numb with the cold, all of a sudden a new warmth filled the lodge.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
No, thank ye—I don't want to go so near yet; my feet's all numb an' they allays hurt so when they warms up fast.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
The days that followed were not unhappy for me; and Patricia appeared to be contented in a numb sort of way.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
British Dictionary definitions for numb
deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
unable to move; paralysed
characteristic of or resembling numbness: a numb sensation
to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse
- numbly, adverb
- numbness, noun
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