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adjective, deader, deadest.
no longer living; deprived of life: dead people; dead flowers; dead animals.
not endowed with life; inanimate: dead stones.
resembling death; deathlike: a dead sleep; a dead faint.
bereft of sensation; numb: He was half dead with fright. My leg feels dead.
lacking sensitivity of feeling; insensitive: dead to the needs of others.
incapable of being emotionally moved; unresponsive: dead to the nuances of the music.
(of an emotion) no longer felt; ended; extinguished: a dead passion; dead affections.
no longer current or prevalent, as in effect, significance, or practice; obsolete: a dead law; a dead controversy.
no longer functioning, operating, or productive: a dead motor; a dead battery.
not moving or circulating; stagnant; stale: dead water; dead air.
utterly tired; exhausted: They felt dead from the six-hour trip.
(of a language) no longer in use as a sole means of oral communication among a people: Latin is a dead language.
without vitality, spirit, enthusiasm, or the like: a dead party.
lacking the customary activity; dull; inactive: a dead business day.
complete; absolute: dead silence; The plan was a dead loss.
sudden or abrupt, as the complete stoppage of an action: The bus came to a dead stop.
put out; extinguished: a dead cigarette.
without resilience or bounce: a dead tennis ball.
infertile; barren: dead land.
exact; precise: the dead center of a circle.
accurate; sure; unerring: a dead shot.
direct; straight: a dead line.
tasteless or flat, as a beverage: a dead soft drink.
flat rather than glossy, bright, or brilliant: The house was painted dead white.
without resonance; anechoic: dead sound; a dead wall surface of a recording studio.
not fruitful; unproductive: dead capital.
Law. deprived of civil rights so that one is in the state of civil death, especially deprived of the rights of property.
Sports. out of play: a dead ball.
(of a golf ball) lying so close to the hole as to make holing on the next stroke a virtual certainty.
(of type or copy) having been used or rejected.
free from any electric connection to a source of potential difference and from electric charge.
not having a potential different from that of the earth.
fully killed.
unresponsive to heat treatment.
(of the mouth of a horse) no longer sensitive to the pressure of a bit.
noting any rope in a tackle that does not pass over a pulley or is not rove through a block.
the period of greatest darkness, coldness, etc.: the dead of night; the dead of winter.
the dead, dead persons collectively: Prayers were recited for the dead.
absolutely; completely: dead right; dead tired.
with sudden and total stoppage of motion, action, or the like: He stopped dead.
directly; exactly; straight: The island lay dead ahead.
dead in the water, completely inactive or inoperable; no longer in action or under consideration: Our plans to expand the business have been dead in the water for the past two months.
dead to rights, in the very act of committing a crime, offense, or mistake; red-handed.

before 950; Middle English deed, Old English dēad; cognate with Gothic dauths, German tot, Old Norse daudhr; orig. past participle See die1

deadness, noun
half-dead, adjective

1. Dead, deceased, extinct, lifeless refer to something that does not have or appear to have life. Dead is usually applied to something that had life but from which life is now gone: dead trees. Deceased, a more formal word than dead, is applied to human beings who no longer have life: a deceased member of the church. Extinct is applied to a species, genus, or the like, no member of which is any longer alive: Mastodons are now extinct. Lifeless is applied to something that may or may not have had life but that does not have it or appear to have it now: The lifeless body of a child was taken out of the water. Minerals consist of lifeless materials. 6. unfeeling, indifferent, callous, cold. 10. inert, inoperative. 11. still, motionless. 16. utter, entire, total. 20. sterile.

1. living, alive. Unabridged
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dead (dɛd)
1.  a.  no longer alive
 b.  (as noun): the dead
2.  not endowed with life; inanimate
3.  no longer in use, valid, effective, or relevant: a dead issue; a dead language
4.  unresponsive or unaware; insensible: he is dead to my strongest pleas
5.  lacking in freshness, interest, or vitality: a dead handshake
6.  devoid of physical sensation; numb: his gums were dead from the anaesthetic
7.  resembling death; deathlike: a dead sleep
8.  no longer burning or hot: dead coals
9.  (of flowers or foliage) withered; faded
10.  (prenominal) (intensifier): a dead stop; a dead loss
11.  informal very tired
12.  electronics
 a.  drained of electric charge; fully discharged: the battery was dead
 b.  not connected to a source of potential difference or electric charge
13.  lacking acoustic reverberation: a dead sound; a dead surface
14.  sport (of a ball, etc) out of play
15.  unerring; accurate; precise (esp in the phrase a dead shot)
16.  lacking resilience or bounce: a dead ball
17.  printing
 a.  Compare standing (of type) set but no longer needed for use
 b.  (of copy) already composed
18.  not yielding a return; idle: dead capital
19.  informal certain to suffer a terrible fate; doomed: you're dead if your mother catches you at that
20.  (of colours) not glossy or bright; lacklustre
21.  stagnant: dead air
22.  military shielded from view, as by a geographic feature or environmental condition: a dead zone; dead space
23.  informal dead as a doornail completely dead
24.  informal dead from the neck up stupid or unintelligent
25.  informal dead in the water unsuccessful, and with little hope of future success: the talks are now dead in the water
26.  informal dead to the world unaware of one's surroundings, esp fast asleep or very drunk
27.  leave for dead
 a.  to abandon
 b.  informal to surpass or outdistance by far
28.  informal wouldn't be seen dead in to refuse to wear or to go to
29.  a period during which coldness, darkness, or some other quality associated with death is at its most intense: the dead of winter
30.  (intensifier): dead easy; stop dead; dead level
31.  dead on exactly right
[Old English dēad; related to Old High German tōt, Old Norse dauthr; see die1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dead, from P.Gmc. *dauthaz, from PIE *dheu-. Meaning "insensible" is first attested early 13c. Of places, meaning "inactive, dull," it is recorded from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adj. sense of "utter, absolute, quite." Dead heat is from 1796. Dead soldier "emptied liquor bottle" is military slang
from 1913. Dead on is 1889, from marksmanship; dead drunk first attested 1599; dead duck is from 1844. Dead letter is from 1703, used of laws lacking force as well as uncollected mail. Phrase in the dead of the night first recorded 1540s.
"For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenail" (c.1350).
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dead (děd)

  1. Having lost life; no longer alive.

  2. Lacking feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive.

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