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Definition of dead:

  1. Bringing death; deadly.
  2. Carrying no current, or producing no useful effect; - said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and, therefore, is not in use.
  3. Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead.
  4. Deprived of life; - opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man.
  5. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
  6. Flat; without gloss; - said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect.
  7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc.
  8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall.
  9. Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson.
  10. Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
  11. One who is dead; - commonly used collectively.
  12. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; - said of a ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.
  13. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
  14. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor.
  15. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight.
  16. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty.
  17. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter.
  18. To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly.
  19. To die; to lose life or force.
  20. To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.
  21. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade.
  22. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works.


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