numb

[nuhm]
adjective, number, numbest.
1.
deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers numb with cold.
2.
manifesting or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
3.
incapable of action or of feeling emotion; enervated; prostrate: numb with grief.
4.
lacking or deficient in emotion or feeling; indifferent: She was numb to their pleas for mercy.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make numb.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English nome literally, taken, seized, variant of nomen, numen, Old English numen, past participle of niman to take, nim1

numbly, adverb
numbness, noun
half-numb, adjective
unnumbed, adjective
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numb (nʌm)
 
adj
1.  deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
2.  unable to move; paralysed
3.  characteristic of or resembling numbness: a numb sensation
 
vb
4.  to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse
 
[C15: nomen, literally: taken (with paralysis), from Old English niman to take; related to Old Norse nema, Old High German niman]
 
'numbly
 
adv
 
'numbness
 
n

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numb
mid-15c., nome, lit. "taken, seized," from pp. of nimen "to take, seize," from O.E. niman "to take" (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. The verb is from c.1600.
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numb (nŭm)
adj.

  1. Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.

  2. Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.

v. numbed, numb·ing, numbs
To make or become numb.
numb'ness n.
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Example sentences
We wonder what he witnessed that is causing him to stare numbly into space.
Reaching the foot of the mountain, they numbly tied their skis to the horses and mounted.
As the dust dissipates, bystanders stand numbly staring at the empty space where the towers had been.
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