dead definition, dead meaning | English dictionary

Search also in: Web News Encyclopedia Images



a    no longer alive  
b    (as n.)  
the dead     
2    not endowed with life; inanimate  
3    no longer in use, valid, effective, or relevant  
a dead issue, a dead language     
4    unresponsive or unaware; insensible  
he is dead to my strongest pleas     
5    lacking in freshness, interest, or vitality  
a dead handshake     
6    devoid of physical sensation; numb  
his gums were dead from the anaesthetic     
7    resembling death; deathlike  
a dead sleep     
8    no longer burning or hot  
dead coals     
9    (of flowers or foliage) withered; faded  
10    prenominal   (intensifier)  
a dead stop, a dead loss     
11    Informal   very tired  
12      (Electronics)  
a    drained of electric charge; discharged  
the battery was dead     
b    not connected to a source of potential difference or electric charge  
13    lacking acoustic reverberation  
a dead sound, a dead surface     
14      (Sport)   (of a ball, etc.) out of play  
15    unerring; accurate; precise (esp. in the phrase a dead shot)  
16    lacking resilience or bounce  
a dead ball     
17      (Printing)  
a    (of type) set but no longer needed for use  
   Compare       standing       7  
b    (of copy) already composed  
18    not yielding a return; idle  
dead capital     
19    Informal   certain to suffer a terrible fate; doomed  
you're dead if your mother catches you at that     
20    (of colours) not glossy or bright; lacklustre  
21    stagnant  
dead air     
22      (Military)   shielded from view, as by a geographic feature or environmental condition  
a dead zone, dead space     
23    dead as a doornail  
Informal   completely dead  
24    dead from the neck up  
Informal   stupid or unintelligent  
25    dead in the water  
Informal   unsuccessful, and with little hope of future success  
the talks are now dead in the water     
26    dead to the world  
Informal   unaware of one's surroundings, esp. fast asleep or very drunk  
27    leave for dead  
a    to abandon  
b    Informal   to surpass or outdistance by far  
28    wouldn't be seen dead (in, at, etc.)  
Informal   to refuse to wear, to go (to), etc.  
29    a period during which coldness, darkness, or some other quality associated with death is at its most intense  
the dead of winter     
30    (intensifier)  
dead easy, stop dead, dead level     
31    dead on   exactly right  
     (Old English dead; related to Old High German tot, Old Norse dauthr; see die1)  
  deadness      n  

bottom dead centre  
      n     (Engineering)   the position of the crank of a reciprocating engine when the piston is at its nearest point to the crankshaft,   (Also called)    outer dead centre  
      adj     (Brit)   (of a place, activity, or person) dull; uninteresting  
dead-ball line  
      n     (Rugby)   a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play  
dead beat  
Informal   tired out; exhausted  
dead-cat bounce  
      n     (Stock Exchange, informal)   a temporary recovery in prices following a substantial fall as a result of speculators buying stocks they have already sold rather than as a result of a genuine reversal of the downward trend  
dead centre  
1    the exact top (top dead centre) or bottom (bottom dead centre) of the piston stroke in a reciprocating engine or pump  
2    a pointed rod mounted in the tailstock of a lathe to support a workpiece,   (Also called)    dead point  
dead duck  
Slang   a person or thing doomed to death, failure, etc., esp. because of a mistake or misjudgment  
dead end  
1       another name for       cul-de-sac  
2    a situation in which further progress is impossible  
3    (as modifier)  
a dead-end street, a dead-end job     
dead fingers  
      n   functioning as sing     (Med)   a disease of users of pneumatic drills, characterized by anaesthesia of the fingertips and cyanosis  
dead hand  
1    an oppressive or discouraging influence or factor  
the dead hand of centralized control     
2      (Law)      a less common word for       mortmain  
Dead Heart  
      n   usually preceded by: the     (Austral)   the remote interior of Australia  
     (C20: from the title The Dead Heart of Australia (1906) by J. W. Gregory (1864--1932), British geologist)  
dead heat  
a    a race or contest in which two or more participants tie for first place  
b    a tie between two or more contestants in any position  
dead key  
      n   a key on the keyboard of a typewriter which does not automatically advance the carriage when depressed  
dead leg  
Informal   temporary loss of sensation in the leg, caused by a blow to a muscle  
dead letter  
1    a letter that cannot be delivered or returned because it lacks adequate directions  
2    a law or ordinance that is no longer enforced but has not been formally repealed  
3    Informal   anything considered no longer worthy of consideration  
dead letter box   , drop  
      n   a place where messages and other material can be left and collected secretly without the sender and the recipient meeting  
dead load  
      n   the intrinsic invariable weight of a structure, such as a bridge,   (Also called)    dead weight      Compare       live load  
dead loss  
1    Informal   a person, thing, or situation that is completely useless or unprofitable  
2    a complete loss for which no compensation is received  
dead man's fingers  
      n   functioning as sing   a soft coral, Alcyonium digitatum, with long finger-like polyps  
dead man's handle   , pedal  
      n   a safety switch on a piece of machinery, such as a train, that allows operation only while depressed by the operator  
dead march  
      n   a piece of solemn funeral music played to accompany a procession, esp. at military funerals  
      n   any Eurasian plant of the genus Lamium, such as L. alba (white dead-nettle), having leaves resembling nettles but lacking stinging hairs: family Labiatae (labiates)  
dead point  
      n      another name for       dead centre  
dead reckoning  
      n   a method of establishing one's position using the distance and direction travelled rather than astronomical observations  
Dead Sea  
      n   a lake between Israel and Jordan, 397 m (1302 ft.) below sea level: the lowest lake in the world, with no outlet and very high salinity. Area: 1020 sq. km (394 sq. miles)  
Dead Sea Scrolls  
      pl n   a collection of manuscripts in Hebrew and Aramaic discovered in caves near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. They are widely held to have been written between about 100 b.c. and 68 a.d. and provide important biblical evidence  
dead set  
1    absolutely  
he is dead set against going to Spain     
2    the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game  
3    (of a hunting dog) in this position  
4      (Austral)  
slang   an expression of affirmation  
dead set, I worked from dawn to dusk     
dead-smooth file  
      n     (Engineering)   the smoothest grade of file commonly used  
dead soldier   , marine  
Informal   an empty beer or spirit bottle  
dead stock  
      n   farm equipment  
   Compare       livestock  
dead time  
      n     (Electronics)   the interval of time immediately following a stimulus, during which an electrical device, component, etc., is insensitive to a further stimulus  
dead weight  
1    a heavy weight or load  
2    an oppressive burden; encumbrance  
3    the difference between the loaded and the unloaded weights of a ship  
4       another name for       dead load  
5    (in shipping) freight chargeable by weight rather than by bulk  
Dead White European Male   , Dead White Male  
      n   a man whose importance and talents may have been exaggerated because he belonged to a historically dominant gender and ethnic group  
Informal   outstandingly or exceptionally  
drop-dead gorgeous     
drop-dead fee  
      n   a fee paid to an organization lending money to a company that is hoping to use it to finance a takeover bid. The fee is only paid if the bid fails and interest charges are only incurred if the money is needed  
      adj     (Brit)  
informal   very tired  
      adj   completely lifeless  
top dead-centre  
      n     (Engineering)   the position of the crank of a reciprocating engine or pump when the piston is at the top of its stroke,   (Abbrev.)    t.d.c  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    deceased, defunct, departed, extinct, gone, inanimate, late, lifeless, passed away, perished, pushing up (the) daisies  
2    apathetic, callous, cold, dull, frigid, glassy, glazed, indifferent, inert, lukewarm, numb, paralysed, spiritless, torpid, unresponsive, wooden  
3    barren, inactive, inoperative, not working, obsolete, stagnant, sterile, still, unemployed, unprofitable, useless  
4    boring, dead-and-alive, dull, flat, ho-hum     (informal)   insipid, stale, tasteless, uninteresting, vapid  
5      (figurative)   absolute, complete, downright, entire, outright, thorough, total, unqualified, utter  
6      (informal)   dead beat     (informal)   exhausted, spent, tired, worn out  
7    depth, middle, midst  
8    absolutely, completely, directly, entirely, exactly, totally  
,       adj  
1    alive, alive and kicking, animate, existing, living  
2    animated, lively, responsive  
3    active, alive, effective, in use, operative, productive, working  
4    active, alive, alive and kicking, animated, full of beans     (informal)   lively, vivacious  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
Patient that has lost reactivity , reactions to stimulations, reflexes (Areflexia) = Dead or Comatous
To add entries to your own vocabulary, become a member of Reverso community or login if you are already a member. It's easy and only takes a few seconds:
Or sign up in the traditional way