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deadening


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deaden  \Dead"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deadened};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Deadening}.]  [From  {Dead};  cf  AS  d?dan  to  kill,  put  to 
  death.  See  {Dead},  a.] 
  1.  To  make  as  dead;  to  impair  in  vigor,  force,  activity,  or 
  sensation;  to  lessen  the  force  or  acuteness  of  to  blunt; 
  as  to  deaden  the  natural  powers  or  feelings;  to  deaden  a 
  sound. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deadening 
  adj  :  so  lacking  in  interest  as  to  cause  mental  weariness;  "a 
  boring  evening  with  uninteresting  people";  "the 
  deadening  effect  of  some  routine  tasks";  "a  dull  play"; 
  "his  competent  but  dull  performance";  "a  ho-hum  speaker 
  who  couldn't  capture  their  attention";  "what  an  irksome 
  task  the  writing  of  long  letters  is"-  Edmund  Burke; 
  "tedious  days  on  the  train";  "the  tiresome  chirping  of 
  a  cricket"-  Mark  Twain;  "other  people's  dreams  are 
  dreadfully  wearisome"  [syn:  {boring},  {dull},  {ho-hum}, 
  {irksome},  {slow},  {tedious},  {tiresome},  {wearisome}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  making  something  futile  and  useless  (as  by 
  routine)  [syn:  {stultification},  {impairment}] 




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