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deafening

[def-uh-ning] /ˈdɛf ə nɪŋ/
noun
1.
deadening (def 2).
Origin of deafening
1590-1600
1590-1600; deafen + -ing1
Related forms
half-deafening, adjective
nondeafening, adjective
nondeafeningly, adverb
quasi-deafening, adjective

deafen

[def-uh n] /ˈdɛf ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make deaf:
The accident deafened him for life.
2.
to stun or overwhelm with noise:
The pounding of the machines deafened us.
3.
deaden (def 3).
4.
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.
Origin
1590-1600; deaf + -en1
Related forms
deafeningly, adverb
half-deafened, adjective
nondeafened, adjective
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  • I see,” said Ralph above the deafening roar of the wind and the grinding wheels, “the Night Express.

  • Why do you make such a deafening noise, you pussy cat, there behind the stove?

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • She had hardly spoken when a swift shaft of blinding light and a deafening crack of thunder sent a panic into every one.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • It was Beauvallet, the deafening tragedian of the Comdie Franaise.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It increased by easy stages, until at last the sound was deafening, and hurt the ear as if with a physical pain.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
British Dictionary definitions for deafening

deafening

/ˈdɛfənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
excessively loud: deafening music
Derived Forms
deafeningly, adverb

deafen

/ˈdɛfən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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Word Origin and History for deafening
adj.

"very loud," 1590s, from present participle of deafen (q.v.). Deafening silence is attested by 1830.

deafen

v.

1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.

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deafening in Medicine

deafen deaf·en (děf'ən)
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.

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