You numb yourself as you hear the death count rise, and the screams of the mothers who will never hold their children again.
I don't know how long I was in there: When I got out all my extremities were numb and I couldn't move.
The sentences are deliberately stricken, numb, and declarative.
Every girl was extremely damaged and doing a lot of drugs to numb themselves.
It takes several close calls month-after-month to get truly hardened, or numb, in places like Fallujah, Khost, or Helmand.
Now, as then, she felt no disposition to weep or lament; the fountains of her heart were frozen, and she was numb with pain.
Here the pang suddenly struck her; she was not so numb, after all!
His hands were feeble and numb, but he contrived to unfasten the strap.
The book in which he did so is not named in the chapter just quoted, but in numb.
In the end, with numb fingers, he picked up his ball, and walked slowly back over the empty course.
c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
Stupid; unresponsive (1950s+)