Dead·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deadened p. pr. & vb. n. Deadening.]
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.
As harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations. --Longfellow.
2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.
3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.
4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.
5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen.
v 1: make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible;
"muffle the message" [syn: dampen, damp]
2: cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the
circulation of water and nutrients; "girdle the plant"
3: make vapid or deprive of spirit; "deadened wine"
4: lessen the momentum or velocity of; "deaden a ship's
5: become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life,
force, or vigor
6: make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor,
force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her
feelings"; "deaden a sound" [syn: blunt] [ant: enliven]
7: convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of
minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil