Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dead"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sainted \Saint"ed\, a.
1. Consecrated; sacred; holy; pious. ``A most sainted king.''

Amongst the enthroned gods on sainted seats.

2. Entered into heaven; -- a euphemism for {dead}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\, a.
1. (Elec.) 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.

2. 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.

[In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies
so near the hole that the player is certain to hole
it in the next stroke. --Encyc. of

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\ (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de['a]d; akin
to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. &
Dan. d["o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning
to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.]
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. ``The queen, my
lord, is dead.'' --Shak.

The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger.

Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living.

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. ``The ground is a dead flat.'' --C. Reade.

9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot;
a dead certainty.

I had them a dead bargain. --Goldsmith.

10. Bringing death; deadly. --Shak.

11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith;
dead works. ``Dead in trespasses.'' --Eph. ii. 1.

12. (Paint.)
(a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has
been applied purposely to have this effect.
(b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color,
as compared with crimson.

13. (Law) 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.

14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead
spindle of a lathe, etc. See {Spindle}.

{Dead ahead} (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or
any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point
toward which a vessel would go.

{Dead angle} (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen
or defended from behind the parapet.

{Dead block}, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to
serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.

{Dead calm} (Naut.), no wind at all.

{Dead center}, or {Dead point} (Mach.), either of two points
in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting
rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a
stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank
mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by,
the lever L.

{Dead color} (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.

{Dead coloring} (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the
preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this
is usually in monochrome.

{Dead door} (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the
outside of the quarter-gallery door.

{Dead flat} (Naut.), the widest or midship frame.

{Dead freight} (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person
who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full
cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity.

{Dead ground} (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there
is no ore.

{Dead hand}, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person
civilly dead. ``Serfs held in dead hand.'' --Morley. See

{Dead head} (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor

{Dead heat}, a heat or course between two or more race
horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal,
so that neither wins.

{Dead horse}, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid
in advance. [Law]

{Dead language}, a language which is no longer spoken or in
common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as
the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\, n.
1. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of
profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of

When the drum beat at dead of night. --Campbell.

2. One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.

And Abraham stood up from before his dead. --Gen.
xxiii. 3.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\, v. t.
To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.

Heaven's stern decree, With many an ill, hath numbed
and deaded me. --Chapman.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\, adv.
To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely;
wholly. [Colloq.]

I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy. --Dickens.

{Dead drunk}, so drunk as to be unconscious.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dead \Dead\, v. i.
To die; to lose life or force. [Obs.]

So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth
straightway. --Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have
life; "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was
marked as a dead man by the assassin" [ant: {alive(p)}]
2: not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity
to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy
or heat; "Mars is a dead planet"; "a dead battery"; "dead
soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead" [ant: {live}]
3: (informal) very tired; "was all in at the end of the day";
"so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere";
"bushed after all that exercise"; "I'm dead after that
long trip" [syn: {all in(p)}, {beat(p)}, {bushed(p)}, {dead(p)}]
4: unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
5: physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead
volcano of the Cascade Range"
6: total; "dead silence"; "utter seriousness" [syn: {dead(a)},
7: not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate";
"inanimate objects"; "dead stones" [syn: {inanimate}, {nonliving}]
[ant: {animate}]
8: (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity;
unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help";
"numb to the cries for mercy" [syn: {dead(p)}, {numb(p)}]
9: devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from
the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist
drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by
continuous television coverage of atrocities" [syn: {deadened}]
10: lacking acoustic resonance; "dead sounds characteristic of
some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a
recording studio"
11: not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds" [syn: {idle}]
12: not circulating or flowing; "dead air"; "dead water";
"stagnant water" [syn: {dead(a)}, {stagnant}]
13: out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; "a
dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
14: not surviving in active use; "Latin is a dead language"
15: lacking resilience or bounce; "a dead tennis ball"
16: no longer in force or use; inactive; "a defunct (or dead)
law"; "a defunct organization" [syn: {defunct}]
17: no longer having force or relevance; "a dead issue"
18: sudden and complete; "came to a dead stop" [syn: {dead(a)}]
19: drained of electric charge; discharged; "a dead battery";
"left the lights on and came back to find the battery
drained" [syn: {drained}]
20: lacking animation or excitement or activity; "the party
being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until
she arrived" [syn: {lifeless}]
21: devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever
happens here"
n 1: people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
[ant: {living}]
2: a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with
death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
adv 1: quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: {abruptly},
{suddenly}, {short}]
2: completely and without qualification; used informally as
intensifiers; "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a
perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right";
"utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my
innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right" [syn: {absolutely},
{perfectly}, {utterly}]

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