(dd"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deadened (dd"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deadening.] [From Dead; cf. AS. ddan to kill, put to death. See Dead, a.] 1. To make as dead; to impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; to lessen the force or acuteness of; to blunt; as, to deaden the natural powers or feelings; to deaden a sound.
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As harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.
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2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.
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3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.
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4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.
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5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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