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
My feet have lost all feeling and the tips of my fingers are following them
  into numbness.
People who eat the meat have reported temporary problems such as numbness in
  the mouth, skin rashes, and stomach aches.
Remember, it generally starts with a numbness on the left arm.
Here are the symptoms: pain or numbness in the hand-especially the pinky and
  ring fingers.
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