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.
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, constipation, impairment]