Deadbeat escapement. See under Escapement.

(Dead"born`) a. Stillborn. Pope.

(Dead"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deadened (-'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.

As harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.

2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.

3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.

4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.

(Dead"en*er) n. One who, or that which, deadens or checks.

(Dead"-eye`) n. (Naut.) A round, flattish, wooden block, encircled by a rope, or an iron band, and pierced with three holes to receive the lanyard; — used to extend the shrouds and stays, and for other purposes. Called also deadman's eye. Totten.

(Dead"head`) n.

1. One who receives free tickets for theaters, public conveyances, etc. [Colloq. U. S.]

2. (Naut.) A buoy. See under Dead, a.

(Dead"-heart`ed) a. Having a dull, faint heart; spiritless; listless.Dead"- heart`ed*ness, n. Bp. Hall.

(Dead"house`) n. A morgue; a place for the temporary reception and exposure of dead bodies.

(Dead"ish), a. Somewhat dead, dull, or lifeless; deathlike.

The lips put on a deadish paleness.
A. Stafford.

(Dead"latch`) n. A kind of latch whose bolt may be so locked by a detent that it can not be opened from the inside by the handle, or from the outside by the latch key. Knight.

(Dead"light`) n. (Naut.) A strong shutter, made to fit open ports and keep out water in a storm.

(Dead"li*hood) n. State of the dead. [Obs.]

(Dead"li*ness), n. The quality of being deadly.

(Dead"lock`) n.

Dead beat to Dean

Dead beat
(Dead` beat") See Beat, n., 7. [Low, U.S.]

(Dead"beat`) a. (Physics) Making a beat without recoil; giving indications by a single beat or excursion; — said of galvanometers and other instruments in which the needle or index moves to the extent of its deflection and stops with little or no further oscillation.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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