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
Similar word(s): asleep, deceased, departed, gone, assassinated, bloodless, exsanguine, exsanguinous, breathless, inanimate, pulseless, cold, deathlike, deathly, defunct, doomed, executed, fallen, late, exanimate, lifeless, murdered, nonviable, slain, stillborn
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
- dead soil
- dead coals
3. very tired
- I'm dead after that long trip
4. unerringly accurate
- a dead shot
- took dead aim
Similar word(s): precise
5. physically inactive
- Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range
Similar word(s): extinct
6. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
- passersby were dead to our plea for help
7. devoid of physical sensation; numb
- his gums were dead from the novocain
- she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth
8. lacking acoustic resonance
- dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs
- the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio
9. not yielding a return
- dead capital
10. not circulating or flowing
- dead air
- dead water
11. not surviving in active use
- Latin is a dead language
12. lacking resilience or bounce
- a dead tennis ball
Similar word(s): inelastic
13. out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
- a dead telephone line
- the motor is dead
Similar word(s): inoperative
14. no longer having force or relevance
- a dead issue
Similar word(s): noncurrent
15. the complete stoppage of an action
- came to a dead stop
Similar word(s): complete
16. drained of electric charge; discharged
- a dead battery
17. devoid of activity
- this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here
Similar word(s): inactive
Sentences with dead as an adjective:
- All of my grandparents are dead.
- He is dead to me.
- She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
- the dead load on the floor
- a dead lift.
- a dead glass of soda.
- dead time
- dead fields
- OK, the circuit's dead. Go ahead and cut the wire.
- Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
- That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up.
- There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
- Is this beer glass dead?
- Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead.
- dead stop
- dead sleep
- dead giveaway
- dead silence
- dead center
- dead aim
- a dead eye
- a dead level
- After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.}}
- "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead, mister!"
- a dead floor
- A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead.
- the dead spindle of a lathe
1. quickly and without warning
2. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
- you can be dead sure of my innocence
- was dead tired
- dead right
Sentences with dead as an adverb:
- dead right; dead level; dead flat; dead straight; dead left
- He hit the target dead in the centre.
- dead wrong; dead set; dead serious; dead drunk; dead broke; dead earnest; dead certain; dead slow; dead sure; dead simple; dead honest; dead accurate; dead easy; dead scared; dead solid; dead black; dead white; dead empty;
- dead tired; dead quiet; dead asleep; dead pale; dead cold; dead still
1. people who are no longer living
- they buried the dead
2. a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
- the dead of winter
Definition categories: time
Sentences with dead as a noun:
- The dead of night. The dead of winter.
- Have respect for the dead.
1. (archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
2. (transitive) To prevent by disabling; stop.
3. (transitive) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
4. (Britain, transitive, slang) To kill.