- The definition of dead is no longer alive, or it is absolute, lacking in emotion, dull, numb or no longer relevant for some reason.
- A person who has passed away and who is no longer alive is someone who would be described as dead.
- When your career has faltered, you've been fired and have no hope of gaining your position back, this is an example of a time when your career is dead.
- When you speak in a cold and emotionless voice, this is an example of a dead tone of voice.
- When you are absolutely and completely exhausted, this is an example of a time when you are dead tired.
- When a party has become really boring and there's no more excitement, this is an example of a time when the party is dead.
- When the ball is out of play in a game, this is an example of a time when the ball is dead.
A dead tree in a barren landscape.
dead definition by Webster's New World
- no longer living; having died
- naturally without life; inanimate: dead stones
- such as to suggest death; deathlike: a dead faint
- lacking positive qualities, as of warmth, vitality, interest, brightness, brilliance, etc.: a dead handshake, a dead party, a dead white
- wholly indifferent; insensible: dead to love
- without feeling, motion, or power: his arm hung dead at his side
- not burning; extinguished: dead coals
- extinct: a dead volcano
- characterized by little or no movement or activity; slack, stagnant, etc.: dead water
- designating an axle that supports but does not drive a wheel
- having lost resilience or elasticity: a dead tennis ball
- no longer used or significant; obsolete: dead languages, dead laws
- not fertile; barren: dead soil
- not yielding a return; unproductive: dead capital
- certain as death; unerring; sure: a dead shot
- exact; precise: dead center
- complete; total; absolute: a dead stop
- unvarying; undeviating: dead level
- Informal very tired; exhausted
- having no current passing through: a dead wire
- having lost its charge: a dead battery
- Printing set, but no longer needed for use: dead type
- no longer in play: a dead ball
- barred by a game's rules from making a particular play
Origin: Middle English ded ; from Old English dēad, akin to Old Norse dauthr, Old High German tōt, Gothic dauths: origin, originally past participle of an old verb base appearing in Old Norse deyja, Old Saxon dojan, Old High German touwen, all ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, die
- completely; absolutely: dead right
- directly: dead ahead
- deadness noun
dead definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective dead·er, dead·est
- Having lost life; no longer alive.
- Marked for certain death; doomed: was marked as a dead man by the assassin.
- a. Having the physical appearance of death: a dead pallor.b. Lacking feeling or sensitivity; numb or unresponsive: Passersby were dead to our pleas for help.c. Weary and worn-out; exhausted.
- a. Not having the capacity to live; inanimate or inert.b. Not having the capacity to produce or sustain life; barren: dead soil.
- a. No longer in existence, use, or operation.b. No longer having significance or relevance.c. Physically inactive; dormant: a dead volcano.
- a. Not commercially productive; idle: dead capital.b. Not circulating or running; stagnant: dead water; dead air.
- a. Devoid of human or vehicular activity; quiet: a dead town.b. Lacking all animation, excitement, or activity; dull: The party being dead, we left early.
- Having no resonance. Used of sounds: “One characteristic of compact discs we all can hear is dead sound. It may be pure but it has no life” (Musical Heritage Review).
- Having grown cold; having been extinguished: dead coals; a dead flame.
- Lacking elasticity or bounce: That tennis ball is dead.
- Out of operation because of a fault or breakdown: The motor is dead.
- a. Sudden; abrupt: a dead stop.b. Complete; utter: dead silence.c. Exact; unerring. the dead center of a target.
- Sports Out of play. Used of a ball.
- a. Lacking connection to a source of electric current.b. Drained of electric charge; discharged: a dead battery.
- One who has died: respect for the dead.
- The period exhibiting the greatest degree of intensity: the dead of winter; the dead of night.
- Absolutely; altogether: You can be dead sure of my innocence.
- Directly; exactly: There's a gas station dead ahead.
- Suddenly: She stopped dead on the stairway.
Origin: Middle English ded, from Old English dēad; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.
- deadˈness noun
dead - Medical Definition
- Having lost life; no longer alive.
- Lacking feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive.
dead - Phrases/Idioms
dead in the waterInformal
- at a standstill from the loss of power, momentum, vigor, etc.
- destined for certain failure or ruin; doomed
dead to rightsâ
dead to the world
dead and buried
dead in the water
dead to rights