deadener

deaden

[ded-n]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make less sensitive, active, energetic, or forcible; weaken: to deaden sound; to deaden the senses; to deaden the force of a blow.
2.
to lessen the velocity of; retard: to deaden the headway of a ship.
3.
to make impervious to sound, as a floor.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become dead.

Origin:
1655–65; dead + -en1

deadener, noun
undeadened, adjective


1. blunt, diminish, lessen, numb, dull.
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deaden (ˈdɛdən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become less sensitive, intense, lively, etc; damp or be damped down; dull
2.  (tr) to make acoustically less resonant: he deadened the room with heavy curtains
 
'deadener
 
n
 
'deadening
 
adj

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deaden
1660s "deprive of or diminish (some quality)," from dead. Earlier the verb was simply dead.
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