Definitions for: Dead

[n] people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
[n] a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
[adv] completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers; "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"
[adv] quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
[adj] devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"
[adj] physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
[adj] no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
[adj] not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat; "Mars is a dead planet"; "a dead battery"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
[adj] not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"; "dead stones"
[adj] lacking animation or excitement or activity; "the party being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
[adj] drained of electric charge; discharged; "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
[adj] no longer having force or relevance; "a dead issue"
[adj] no longer in force or use; inactive; "a defunct (or dead) law"; "a defunct organization"
[adj] lacking resilience or bounce; "a dead tennis ball"
[adj] not surviving in active use; "Latin is a dead language"
[adj] out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
[adj] unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
[adj] not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"
[adj] lacking acoustic resonance; "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
[adj] devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dead (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de['a]d; akin
to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. &
Dan. d["o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning
to die. See Die, and cf. Death.]
1. Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living;
reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of
motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their
functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. ``The queen, my
lord, is dead.'' --Shak.

The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger.

Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living.

2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.

3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of
life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.

4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead
calm; a dead load or weight.

5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a
dead floor.

6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead
capital; dead stock in trade.

7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye;
dead fire; dead color, etc.

8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead
wall. ``The ground is a dead flat.'' --C. Reade.

9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot;
a dead certainty.

I had them a dead bargain. --Goldsmith.

10. Bringing death; deadly. --Shak.

11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith;
dead works. ``Dead in trespasses.'' --Eph. ii. 1.

12. (Paint.)
(a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has
been applied purposely to have this effect.
(b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color,
as compared with crimson.

13. (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of
the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one
banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead.

14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead
spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.

Dead ahead (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or
any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point
toward which a vessel would go.

Dead angle (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen
or defended from behind the parapet.

Dead block, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to
serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.

Dead calm (Naut.), no wind at all.

Dead center, or Dead point (Mach.), either of two points
in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting
rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a
stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank
mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by,
the lever L.

Dead color (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.

Dead coloring (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the
preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this
is usually in monochrome.

Dead door (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the
outside of the quarter-gallery door.

Dead flat (Naut.), the widest or midship frame.

Dead freight (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person
who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full
cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity.

Dead ground (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there
is no ore.

Dead hand, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person
civilly dead. ``Serfs held in dead hand.'' --Morley. See

Dead head (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor

Dead heat, a heat or course between two or more race
horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal,
so that neither wins.

Dead horse, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid
in advance. [Law]

Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken or in
common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as
the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

Dead letter.
(a) A letter which, after lying for a certain fixed time
uncalled for at the post office to which it was
directed, is then sent to the general post office to
be opened.
(b) That which has lost its force or authority; as, the
law has become a dead letter.

Dead-letter office, a department of the general post office
where dead letters are examined and disposed of.

Dead level, a term applied to a flat country.

Dead lift, a direct lift, without assistance from
mechanical advantage, as from levers, pulleys, etc.;
hence, an extreme emergency. ``(As we say) at a dead
lift.'' --Robynson (More's Utopia).

Dead line (Mil.), a line drawn within or around a military
prison, to cross which involves for a prisoner the penalty
of being instantly shot.

Dead load (Civil Engin.), a constant, motionless load, as
the weight of a structure, in distinction from a moving
load, as a train of cars, or a variable pressure, as of

Dead march (Mus.), a piece of solemn music intended to be
played as an accompaniment to a funeral procession.

Dead nettle (Bot.), a harmless plant with leaves like a
nettle (Lamium album).

Dead oil (Chem.), the heavy oil obtained in the
distillation of coal tar, and containing phenol,
naphthalus, etc.

Dead plate (Mach.), a solid covering over a part of a fire
grate, to prevent the entrance of air through that part.

Dead pledge, a mortgage. See Mortgage.

Dead point. (Mach.) See Dead center.

Dead reckoning (Naut.), the method of determining the place
of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as
given by compass, and the distance made on each course as
found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the
aid of celestial observations.

Dead rise, the transverse upward curvature of a vessel's

Dead rising, an elliptical line drawn on the sheer plan to
determine the sweep of the floorheads throughout the
ship's length.

Dead-Sea apple. See under Apple.

Dead set. See under Set.

Dead shot.
(a) An unerring marksman.
(b) A shot certain to be made.

Dead smooth, the finest cut made; -- said of files.

Dead wall (Arch.), a blank wall unbroken by windows or
other openings.

Dead water (Naut.), the eddy water closing in under a
ship's stern when sailing.

Dead weight.
(a) A heavy or oppressive burden. --Dryden.
(b) (Shipping) A ship's lading, when it consists of heavy
goods; or, the heaviest part of a ship's cargo.
(c) (Railroad) The weight of rolling stock, the live
weight being the load. --Knight.

Dead wind (Naut.), a wind directly ahead, or opposed to the
ship's course.

To be dead, to die. [Obs.]

I deme thee, thou must algate be dead. --Chaucer.

Syn: Inanimate; deceased; extinct. See Lifeless.

Dead, adv.
To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely;
wholly. [Colloq.]

I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy. --Dickens.

Dead drunk, so drunk as to be unconscious.

Dead, n.
1. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of
profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of

When the drum beat at dead of night. --Campbell.

2. One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.

And Abraham stood up from before his dead. --Gen.
xxiii. 3.

Dead, v. t.
To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.

Heaven's stern decree, With many an ill, hath numbed
and deaded me. --Chapman.

Dead, v. i.
To die; to lose life or force. [Obs.]

So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth
straightway. --Bacon.

Dead, a.
1. (Elec.) Carrying no current, or producing no useful
effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also
of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and,
therefore, is not in use.

2. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; -- said of a
ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in
cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.

[In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies
so near the hole that the player is certain to hole
it in the next stroke. --Encyc. of

Synonyms: abruptly, absolutely, asleep(p), assassinated, at peace(p), at rest(p), barren, bloodless, brain dead, breathless, cold, d.o.a., deadened, deathlike, deathly, deceased, defunct, departed, doomed, drained, exanimate, executed, exsanguine, exsanguinous, extinct, extinguished, fallen, gone, idle, inactive, inanimate, inelastic, inoperative, insensitive, late(a), lifeless, malfunctioning, murdered, nonconscious, noncurrent, nonextant, nonfunctional, nonliving, nonresonant, nonviable, out of play(p), out(p), perfectly, precise, pulseless, quenched, short, slain, stillborn, stone-dead, suddenly, unanimated, uncharged, unprofitable, unreverberant, utterly

Antonyms: alive(p), animate, live, living

See Also: dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed, people, slain, time

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