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DEAD, a. [ded; Sax. dead, probably contracted from deged; D. dood; G. todt; Sw. död; Dan. död. See Die.]
- Deprived or destitute of life; that state of a being, animal or vegetable, in which the organs of motion and life have ceased to perform their functions, and have become incapable of performing them, or of being restored to a state of activity.
The men are dead who sought thy life. – Ex. iv.
It is sometimes followed by of before the cause of death; as, dead of hunger, or of a fever.
- Having never had life, or having been deprived of vital action before birth; as, the child was born dead.
- Without life; inanimate.
All, all but truth, drops dead-born from the press. – Pope.
- Without vegetable life; as, a dead tree.
- Imitating death; deep or sound; as, a dead sleep.
- Perfectly still; motionless as death; as, a dead calm; a dead weight.
- Empty; vacant; not enlivened by variety; as, a dead void space, a dead plain. – Dryden.
We say also, a dead level, for a perfectly level surface.
- Unemployed; useless; unprofitable. A man's faculties may lie dead, or his goods remain dead on his hands. So dead capital or stock is that which produces no profit.
- Dull; inactive; as, a dead sale of commodities.
- Dull; gloomy; still; not enlivened; as, a dead winter; a dead season. – Addison.
- Still; deep; obscure; as the dead darkness of the night.
- Dull; not lively; not resembling life; as, the dead coloring of a piece; a dead eye.
- Dull; heavy; as, a dead sound. – Boyle.
- Dull; frigid; lifeless; cold; not animated; not affecting; used of prayer. – Addison.
- Tasteless; vapid; spiritless; used of liquors.
- Uninhabitated; as, dead walls. – Arbuthnot.
- Dull; without natural force or efficacy; not lively or brisk; as, a dead fire.
- In a state of spiritual death; void of grace; lying under the power of sin.
- Impotent; unable to procreate. – Rom. iv.
- Decayed in grace.
Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. – Rev. iii.
- Not proceeding from spiritual life; not producing good works; as, faith without works is dead. – James ii.
- Proceeding from corrupt nature, not from spiritual life or a gracious principle; as, dead works. – Heb. ix. 14.
- In law, cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead. – Blackstone. Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and known only in writings; as the Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
Dead rising or rising line, the parts of a ship's floor or bottom throughout her length, where the floor timber is terminated on the lower futtock. – Mar. Dict.
DEAD, n. [ded.]
- The dead signifies dead men.
Ye shall not make cuttings for the dead. – Lev. xix.
- The state of the dead; or death.
This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead. – Matt. xiv.
This may be understood thus – he is risen from among the dead.
DEAD, n. [ded.]
The time when there is a remarkable stillness or gloom; depth; as, the midst of winter or of night. The dead of winter, the dead of night, are familiar expressions.
DEAD, v.i. [ded.]
To lose life or force. [Obs.] Bacon.
DEAD, v.t. [ded.]
To deprive of life, force or vigor. [Obs.] Bacon.
- Deprived of life; --
opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a
being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased
to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead
- To a degree
resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly.
- The most quiet or deathlike time; the period
of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of
- To make dead; to
deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.
- To die; to lose life
- Carrying no current, or producing no useful
effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also of a
telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and, therefore, is not
- Destitute of life; inanimate; as,
- One who is dead; -- commonly used
- Out of play; regarded as out of the game;
-- said of a ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in
cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.
- Resembling death in appearance or quality;
without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
- Still as death; motionless; inactive;
useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or
- So constructed as not to transmit sound;
soundless; as, a dead floor.
- Unproductive; bringing no gain;
unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in
- Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless;
cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color,
- Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead
level or pain; a dead wall.
- Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete;
as, a dead shot; a dead certainty.
- Bringing death;
- Wanting in
religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead
without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely
to have this effect.
- Cut off from the
rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of
property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly
imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe,
etc. See Spindle.
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