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.
Knew when he saw the soldiers that he was a dead man.
Dead coals; a dead flame.
That tennis ball is dead.
Respect for the dead.
The dead of winter; the dead of night.
You can be dead sure of my innocence.
There's a gas station dead ahead.
She stopped dead on the stairway.
A dead faint.
A dead handshake, a dead party, a dead white color.
Dead to love.
His arm hung dead at his side.
A dead tennis ball.
Dead languages, dead laws.
A dead shot.
A dead stop.
The dead of night, the dead of winter.
Dead wrong, dead set against the idea.
The dead load on the floor; a dead lift.
Dead air; a dead glass of soda.
Dead time; dead fields; also in compounds.
There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
Is this beer glass 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.
Have respect for the dead.
- No longer in use or under consideration:.All past animosities are dead and buried now.
- Unable to function or move:.The crippled ship was dead in the water. With no leadership, the project was dead in the water.
- In the very act of making an error or committing a crime:.The police caught the thief dead to rights with my silverware.
- Soundly asleep.
- Used to express dramatic refusal.
- At a standstill from the loss of power, momentum, vigor, etc.
- Destined for certain failure or ruin; doomed.
- In an undeniably incriminating situation; red-handed.
- Dismissed from someone's consideration, affections, etc.Because he betrayed the family, he is dead to me.
- Sound asleep.
- Those who have died.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of dead
- Middle English ded from Old English dēad dheu-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition