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Meaning of DEAD

Pronunciation:  ded

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
  2. [n]  a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
  3. [adv]  completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers; "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"
  4. [adv]  quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
  5. [adj]  devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"
  6. [adj]  physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
  7. [adj]  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"
  8. [adj]  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"; "a dead battery"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
  9. [adj]  not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"; "dead stones"
  10. [adj]  lacking animation or excitement or activity; "the party being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
  11. [adj]  drained of electric charge; discharged; "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
  12. [adj]  no longer having force or relevance; "a dead issue"
  13. [adj]  no longer in force or use; inactive; "a defunct (or dead) law"; "a defunct organization"
  14. [adj]  lacking resilience or bounce; "a dead tennis ball"
  15. [adj]  not surviving in active use; "Latin is a dead language"
  16. [adj]  out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
  17. [adj]  unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
  18. [adj]  not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"
  19. [adj]  lacking acoustic resonance; "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
  20. [adj]  devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"

DEAD is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abruptly, absolutely, asleep(p), assassinated, at peace(p), at rest(p), barren, bloodless, brain dead, breathless, cold, d.o.a., deadened, deathlike, deathly, deceased, defunct, departed, doomed, drained, exanimate, executed, exsanguine, exsanguinous, extinct, extinguished, fallen, gone, idle, inactive, inanimate, inelastic, inoperative, insensitive, late(a), lifeless, malfunctioning, murdered, nonconscious, noncurrent, nonextant, nonfunctional, nonliving, nonresonant, nonviable, out of play(p), out(p), perfectly, precise, pulseless, quenched, short, slain, stillborn, stone-dead, suddenly, unanimated, uncharged, unprofitable, unreverberant, utterly
 Antonyms: alive(p), animate, live, living
 See Also: dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed, people, slain, time



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dead\ (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de['a]d; akin
    to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. &
    Dan. d["o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning
    to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.]
    1. Deprived of life; -- opposed to {alive} and {living};
       reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of
       motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their
       functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. ``The queen, my
       lord, is dead.'' --Shak.
             The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger.
             Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living.
    2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
    3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of
       life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
    4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead
       calm; a dead load or weight.
    5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a
       dead floor.
    6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead
       capital; dead stock in trade.
    7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye;
       dead fire; dead color, etc.
    8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead
       wall. ``The ground is a dead flat.'' --C. Reade.
    9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot;
       a dead certainty.
             I had them a dead bargain.            --Goldsmith.
    10. Bringing death; deadly. --Shak.
    11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith;
        dead works. ``Dead in trespasses.'' --Eph. ii. 1.
    12. (Paint.)
        (a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has
            been applied purposely to have this effect.
        (b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color,
            as compared with crimson.
    13. (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of
        the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one
        banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead.
    14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead
        spindle of a lathe, etc. See {Spindle}.
    {Dead ahead} (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or
       any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point
       toward which a vessel would go.
    {Dead angle} (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen
       or defended from behind the parapet.
    {Dead block}, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to
       serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.
    {Dead calm} (Naut.), no wind at all.
    {Dead center}, or {Dead point} (Mach.), either of two points
       in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting
       rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a
       stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank
       mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by,
       the lever L.
    {Dead color} (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.
    {Dead coloring} (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the
       preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this
       is usually in monochrome.
    {Dead door} (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the
       outside of the quarter-gallery door.
    {Dead flat} (Naut.), the widest or midship frame.
    {Dead freight} (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person
       who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full
       cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity.
    {Dead ground} (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there
       is no ore.
    {Dead hand}, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person
       civilly dead. ``Serfs held in dead hand.'' --Morley. See
    {Dead head} (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor
    {Dead heat}, a heat or course between two or more race
       horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal,
       so that neither wins.
    {Dead horse}, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid
       in advance. [Law]
    {Dead language}, a language which is no longer spoken or in
       common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as
       the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
    {Dead letter}.
        (a) A letter which, after lying for a certain fixed time
            uncalled for at the post office to which it was
            directed, is then sent to the general post office to
            be opened.
        (b) That which has lost its force or authority; as, the
            law has become a dead letter.
    {Dead-letter office}, a department of the general post office
       where dead letters are examined and disposed of.
    {Dead level}, a term applied to a flat country.
    {Dead lift}, a direct lift, without assistance from
       mechanical advantage, as from levers, pulleys, etc.;
       hence, an extreme emergency. ``(As we say) at a dead
       lift.'' --Robynson (More's Utopia).
    {Dead line} (Mil.), a line drawn within or around a military
       prison, to cross which involves for a prisoner the penalty
       of being instantly shot.
    {Dead load} (Civil Engin.), a constant, motionless load, as
       the weight of a structure, in distinction from a moving
       load, as a train of cars, or a variable pressure, as of
    {Dead march} (Mus.), a piece of solemn music intended to be
       played as an accompaniment to a funeral procession.
    {Dead nettle} (Bot.), a harmless plant with leaves like a
       nettle ({Lamium album}).
    {Dead oil} (Chem.), the heavy oil obtained in the
       distillation of coal tar, and containing phenol,
       naphthalus, etc.
    {Dead plate} (Mach.), a solid covering over a part of a fire
       grate, to prevent the entrance of air through that part.
    {Dead pledge}, a mortgage. See {Mortgage}.
    {Dead point}. (Mach.) See {Dead center}.
    {Dead reckoning} (Naut.), the method of determining the place
       of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as
       given by compass, and the distance made on each course as
       found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the
       aid of celestial observations.
    {Dead rise}, the transverse upward curvature of a vessel's
    {Dead rising}, an elliptical line drawn on the sheer plan to
       determine the sweep of the floorheads throughout the
       ship's length.
    {Dead-Sea apple}. See under {Apple}.
    {Dead set}. See under {Set}.
    {Dead shot}.
        (a) An unerring marksman.
        (b) A shot certain to be made.
    {Dead smooth}, the finest cut made; -- said of files.
    {Dead wall} (Arch.), a blank wall unbroken by windows or
       other openings.
    {Dead water} (Naut.), the eddy water closing in under a
       ship's stern when sailing.
    {Dead weight}.
        (a) A heavy or oppressive burden. --Dryden.
        (b) (Shipping) A ship's lading, when it consists of heavy
            goods; or, the heaviest part of a ship's cargo.
        (c) (Railroad) The weight of rolling stock, the live
            weight being the load. --Knight.
    {Dead wind} (Naut.), a wind directly ahead, or opposed to the
       ship's course.
    {To be dead}, to die. [Obs.]
             I deme thee, thou must algate be dead. --Chaucer.
    Syn: Inanimate; deceased; extinct. See {Lifeless}.
  2. \Dead\, adv.
    To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely;
    wholly. [Colloq.]
          I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy. --Dickens.
    {Dead drunk}, so drunk as to be unconscious.
  3. \Dead\, n.
    1. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of
       profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of
             When the drum beat at dead of night.  --Campbell.
    2. One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.
             And Abraham stood up from before his dead. --Gen.
                                                   xxiii. 3.
  4. \Dead\, v. t.
    To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor.
          Heaven's stern decree, With many an ill, hath numbed
          and deaded me.                           --Chapman.
  5. \Dead\, v. i.
    To die; to lose life or force. [Obs.]
          So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth
          straightway.                             --Bacon.
  6. \Dead\, a.
    1. (Elec.) Carrying no current, or producing no useful
       effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also
       of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and,
       therefore, is not in use.
    2. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; -- said of a
       ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in
       cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.
             [In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies
             so near the hole that the player is certain to hole
             it in the next stroke.                --Encyc. of
Computing Dictionary

1. Non-functional; down; crashed. Especially used of hardware.

2. At xerox parc, software that is working but not undergoing continued development and support.

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing the dead in your dream, forewarns that you are being influenced by negative people and are hanging around the wrong crowd. You may suffer material loss. This dream may also be a way for you to resolve your feelings with those who have passed on. If you dream of a person who has died a long time ago, then it suggests that a current situation or relationship in you life resembles the quality of that deceased person. The dream may depict how you need to let this situation or relationship die and end it. Seeing and talk with your dead parents in your dreams, represents your fears of losing them or your way of coping with the loss. You may want that last opportunity to say your final good-byes to them. Seeing your dead sibling, relative, or friend alive in your dream indicates that you miss them and are trying to relive your old experiences you had with them. In trying to keep up with the pace of your daily waking life, you dreams may serve as your only outlet in coping and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
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