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duller


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duller  \Dull"er\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  dulls. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dull  \Dull\,  a.  [Compar.  {Duller};  superl.  {Dullest}.]  [AS.  dol 
  foolish;  akin  to  gedwelan  to  err,  D.  dol  mad,  dwalen  to 
  wander,  err,  G.  toll  mad,  Goth.  dwals  foolish,  stupid,  cf 
  Gr  ?  turbid,  troubled,  Skr.  dhvr  to  cause  to  fall.  Cf 
  {Dolt},  {Dwale},  {Dwell},  {Fraud}.] 
  1.  Slow  of  understanding;  wanting  readiness  of  apprehension; 
  stupid;  doltish;  blockish.  ``Dull  at  classical  learning.'' 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  She  is  not  bred  so  dull  but  she  can  learn.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Slow  in  action  sluggish;  unready;  awkward. 
 
  This  people's  heart  is  waxed  gross,  and  their  ears 
  are  dull  of  hearing.  --Matt.  xiii. 
  15. 
 
  O,  help  my  weak  wit  and  sharpen  my  dull  tongue. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Insensible;  unfeeling. 
 
  Think  me  not  So  dull  a  devil  to  forget  the  loss  Of 
  such  a  matchless  wife.  --  Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  4.  Not  keen  in  edge  or  point;  lacking  sharpness;  blunt.  ``Thy 
  scythe  is  dull.''  --Herbert. 
 
  5.  Not  bright  or  clear  to  the  eye;  wanting  in  liveliness  of 
  color  or  luster;  not  vivid;  obscure;  dim;  as  a  dull  fire 
  or  lamp;  a  dull  red  or  yellow;  a  dull  mirror. 
 
  6.  Heavy;  gross;  cloggy;  insensible;  spiritless;  lifeless; 
  inert.  ``The  dull  earth.''  --Shak. 
 
  As  turning  the  logs  will  make  a  dull  fire  burn,  so 
  changes  of  study  a  dull  brain.  --  Longfellow. 
 
  7.  Furnishing  little  delight,  spirit,  or  variety; 
  uninteresting;  tedious;  cheerless;  gloomy;  melancholy; 
  depressing;  as  a  dull  story  or  sermon;  a  dull  occupation 
  or  period;  hence  cloudy;  overcast;  as  a  dull  day 
 
  Along  life's  dullest,  dreariest  walk.  --  Keble. 
 
  Syn:  Lifeless;  inanimate;  dead;  stupid;  doltish;  heavy; 
  sluggish;  sleepy;  drowsy;  gross;  cheerless;  tedious; 
  irksome;  dismal;  dreary;  clouded;  tarnished;  obtuse.  See 
  {Lifeless}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dull  \Dull\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Duller};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dulling}.] 
  1.  To  deprive  of  sharpness  of  edge  or  point.  ``This  .  .  . 
  dulled  their  swords.''  --Bacon. 
 
  Borrowing  dulls  the  edge  of  husbandry.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  make  dull,  stupid,  or  sluggish;  to  stupefy,  as  the 
  senses  the  feelings,  the  perceptions,  and  the  like 
 
  Those  [drugs]  she  has  Will  stupefy  and  dull  the 
  sense  a  while  --Shak. 
 
  Use  and  custom  have  so  dulled  our  eyes.  --Trench. 
 
  3.  To  render  dim  or  obscure;  to  sully;  to  tarnish.  ``Dulls 
  the  mirror.''  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  To  deprive  of  liveliness  or  activity;  to  render  heavy;  to 
  make  inert;  to  depress;  to  weary;  to  sadden. 
 
  Attention  of  mind  .  .  .  wasted  or  dulled  through 
  continuance.  --Hooker. 




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