2. Dead trees or branches; useless material.
(Dead"works`) n. pl. (Naut.) The parts of a ship above the water when she is laden.
(Deaf) a. [OE. def, deaf, deef, AS. deáf; akin to D. doof, G. taub, Icel. daufr, Dan. döv, Sw.
döf, Goth. daubs, and prob. to E. dumb (the original sense being, dull as applied to one of the senses),
and perh. to Gr. (for ) blind, smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. toben to rage. Cf. Dumb.]
1. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a
Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf.Shak.
2. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument,
or exhortation; with to; as, deaf to reason.
O, that men's ears should beShak.
To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
3. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.
Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight.Dryden.
4. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened. [R.]
A deaf murmur through the squadron went.Dryden.
5. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds will be
deaf, void, light, and naught.Holland. Deaf and dumb, without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. See Deaf-mute.
(Deaf) v. t. To deafen. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Deaf"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deafened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deafening.] [From Deaf.]
1. To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly.
Deafened and stunned with their promiscuous cries.Addison.
2. (Arch.) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar,
by lining with paper, etc.
(Deaf"en*ing), n. The act or process of rendering impervious to sound, as a floor or wall; also,
the material with which the spaces are filled in this process; pugging.
(Deaf"ly), adv. Without sense of sounds; obscurely.
(Deaf"ly), a. Lonely; solitary. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Deaf"-mute`) n. A person who is deaf and dumb; one who, through deprivation or defect of
hearing, has either failed the acquire the power of speech, or has lost it. [See Illust. of Dactylology.]
Deaf-mutes are still so called, even when, by artificial methods, they have been taught to speak imperfectly.
(Deaf"-mut`ism) n. The condition of being a deaf-mute.