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Definition of Dead


  1. 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.
  2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
  3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
  4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight.
  5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor.
  6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade.
  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. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty.
  10. Bringing death; deadly.
  11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works.
  12. Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect.
  13. Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson.
  14. 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.
  15. Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
  16. To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly.
  17. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter.
  18. One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.
  19. To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.
  20. To die; to lose life or force.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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Dead Translations

dead in Afrikaans is dood
dead in Dutch is doods, dodelijk
dead in French is mort
dead in Italian is morto
dead in Latin is mortuus
dead in Portuguese is inoperante
dead in Spanish is muerto