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deaf


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deaf  \Deaf\  (?;  277),  v.  t. 
  To  deafen.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deaf  \Deaf\  (?;  277),  a.  [OE.  def,  deaf,  deef,  AS  de['a]f;  akin 
  to  D.  doof,  G.  taub,  Icel.  daufr  Dan.  d["o]v,  Sw  d["o]f, 
  Goth.  daubs,  and  prob.  to  E.  dumb  (the  original  sense  being 
  dull  as  applied  to  one  of  the  senses),  and  perh.  to  Gr  ? 
  (for  ?)  blind,  ?  smoke,  vapor,  folly,  and  to  G.  toben  to 
  rage.  Cf  {Dum}b.] 
  1.  Wanting  the  sense  of  hearing,  either  wholly  or  in  part 
  unable  to  perceive  sounds;  hard  of  hearing;  as  a  deaf 
  man. 
 
  Come  on  my  right  hand,  for  this  ear  is  deaf.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Unwilling  to  hear  or  listen;  determinedly  inattentive; 
  regardless;  not  to  be  persuaded  as  to  facts,  argument,  or 
  exhortation;  --  with  to  as  deaf  to  reason. 
 
  O,  that  men's  ears  should  be  To  counsel  deaf,  but 
  not  to  flattery!  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Deprived  of  the  power  of  hearing;  deafened. 
 
  Deaf  with  the  noise,  I  took  my  hasty  flight. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  Obscurely  heard;  stifled;  deadened.  [R.] 
 
  A  deaf  murmur  through  the  squadron  went  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  Decayed;  tasteless;  dead;  as  a  deaf  nut;  deaf  corn.  [Obs. 
  or  Prov.  Eng.]  --Halliwell. 
 
  If  the  season  be  unkindly  and  intemperate,  they 
  [peppers]  will  catch  a  blast;  and  then  the  seeds 
  will  be  deaf,  void,  light,  and  naught.  --Holland. 
 
  {Deaf  and  dumb},  without  the  sense  of  hearing  or  the  faculty 
  of  speech.  See  {Deaf-mute}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deaf 
  adj  1:  lacking  or  deprive  of  the  sense  of  hearing  wholly  or  in  part 
  [ant:  {hearing(a)}] 
  2:  (usually  followed  by  `to')  unwilling  or  refusing  to  pay 
  heed;  "deaf  to  her  warnings"  [syn:  {deaf(p)},  {indifferent(p)}] 
  n  :  people  who  have  severe  hearing  impairments;  "many  of  the 
  deaf  use  sign  language" 
  v  :  make  or  render  deaf  [syn:  {deafen}] 




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