halfdeafening

deafening

[def-uh-ning]
noun
deadening ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1590–1600; deafen + -ing1

half-deafening, adjective
nondeafening, adjective
nondeafeningly, adverb
quasi-deafening, adjective
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deafening (ˈdɛfənɪŋ)
 
adj
excessively loud: deafening music
 
'deafeningly
 
adv

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