(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 palmLongfellow.
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.
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
(Dead"li*hood) n. State of the dead. [Obs.]
(Dead"li*ness), n. The quality of being deadly.