What is the meaning of dead?


  • People who are no longer living.
    • usage: "they buried the dead"
  • A time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense.
    • usage: "the dead of winter"


  • No longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life.
    • usage: "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
  • Not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat.
    • usage: "Mars is a dead planet"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
  • Very tired.
    • usage: "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"
  • Unerringly accurate.
    • usage: "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
  • Physically inactive.
    • usage: "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
  • Followed by `to'. ( not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive)
    • usage: "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"
  • Devoid of physical sensation; numb.
    • usage: "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"
  • Lacking acoustic resonance.
    • usage: "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
  • Not yielding a return.
    • usage: "dead capital"; "idle funds"
  • Not circulating or flowing.
    • usage: "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"
  • Not surviving in active use.
    • usage: "Latin is a dead language"
  • Lacking resilience or bounce.
    • usage: "a dead tennis ball"
  • Out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown.
    • usage: "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
  • No longer having force or relevance.
    • usage: "a dead issue"
  • Complete.
    • usage: "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"
  • Drained of electric charge; discharged.
    • usage: "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
  • Devoid of activity.
    • usage: "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"


  • Quickly and without warning.
    • usage: "he stopped suddenly"
  • Completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers.
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). dead. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/dead/definitions/1171997
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "dead" http://smartdefine.org/dead/definitions/1171997 (accessed October 17, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, dead, Smart Define, viewed 17 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/dead/definitions/1171997>.
MLAWordNet. "dead" 23 October 2010. Web. 17 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/dead/definitions/1171997>
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