deadening

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

deadening \dead"en*ing\ adjective [p. pr. of verb {deaden}[3].] Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks. [WordNet 1.5]

2. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks.

Syn: boring, dreary, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Deaden \Dead"en\ (d[e^]d"'n), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Deadened} (d[e^]d"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deadening}.] [From {Dead}; cf. AS. d?dan to kill, put to death. See {Dead}, adjective]

1. To make as dead; to impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; to lessen the force or acuteness of; to blunt; as, to deaden the natural powers or feelings; to deaden a sound.

As harper lays his open palm Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations. --Longfellow.

2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.

3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.

4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.

5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

deadening \dead"en*ing\ n. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).

Syn: stultification, impairment. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

deadening

adjective

1: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: {boring}, {deadening}, {dull}, {ho-hum}, {irksome}, {slow}, {tedious}, {tiresome}, {wearisome}]

noun

1: the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine) [syn: {stultification}, {constipation}, {impairment}, {deadening}]


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