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Definition 1: people who are no longer living - [noun denoting group]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they buried the dead

(dead is a kind of ...) (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

"old people" "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

(... is a kind of dead ) people who have been slain (as in battle)

(dead is a member of ...) someone who is no longer alive

"I wonder what the dead person would have done"

Definition 2: a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense - [noun denoting time]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the dead of winter

(dead is a kind of ...) an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)

"the time of year for planting" "he was a great actor in his time"

Definition 3: no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the nerve is dead
  • a dead pallor
  • he was marked as a dead man by the assassin

(dead is similar to ...) as lifeless as a stone

(dead is similar to ...) put to death as punishment

"claimed the body of the executed traitor"

(dead is similar to ...) killed in battle

"to honor fallen soldiers"

(dead is similar to ...) having died recently

"her late husband"

(dead is similar to ...) deprived of life; no longer living

"a lifeless body"

(dead is similar to ...) killed unlawfully

"the murdered woman" "lay a wreath on murdered Lincoln's bier"

(dead is similar to ...) not capable of living or developing successfully

(dead is similar to ...) killed; `slain' is formal or literary as in

"slain warriors" "a picture of St. George and the slain dragon"

(dead is similar to ...) (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn

"a stillborn baby"

(dead is similar to ...) marked for certain death

"the black spot told the old sailor he was doomed"

(dead is similar to ...) having ceased to exist or live

"the will of a defunct aunt" "a defunct Indian tribe"

(dead is similar to ...) having the physical appearance of death

"a deathly pallor"

(dead is similar to ...) dead

"he is deceased" "our dear departed friend"

(dead is similar to ...) murdered by surprise attack for political reasons

"the 20th century has seen too many assassinated leaders"

(dead is similar to ...) destitute of blood or apparently so

"the bloodless carcass of my Hector sold"

(dead is similar to ...) having irreversible loss of brain function as indicated by a persistent flat electroencephalogram

"was declared brain dead"

(dead is similar to ...) appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

"an inanimate body" "pulseless and dead"

(dead is similar to ...) lacking the warmth of life

"cold in his grave"

(dead is similar to ...) abbreviation for `dead on arrival' at the emergency room

(... are attributes of dead) the condition of living or the state of being alive

"while there's life there's hope" "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"

(... are attributes of dead) the property of being able to survive and grow

"the vitality of a seed"

Definition 4: not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mars is a dead planet
  • dead soil
  • dead coals
  • the fire is dead

(dead is similar to ...) being out or having grown cold

"threw his extinct cigarette into the stream" "the fire is out"

(dead is similar to ...) not having the capacity to support life

"a lifeless planet"

(dead is similar to ...) (of a ball) not available to be played during a game

"a ball that is out of play is dead"

(means also ...) (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

"an extinct volcano"

Definition 5: completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: quickly and without warning - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he stopped suddenly

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: the complete stoppage of an action - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • came to a dead stop

(dead is similar to ...) having every necessary or normal part or component or step

"a complete meal" "a complete wardrobe" "a complete set of the Britannica" "a complete set of china" "a complete defeat" "a complete accounting"

Definition 8: not surviving in active use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Latin is a dead language

(dead is similar to ...) no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives

"an extinct species of fish" "an extinct royal family" "extinct laws and customs"

Definition 9: physically inactive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range

(dead is similar to ...) (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

"an extinct volcano"

Definition 10: devoid of activity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here

(dead is similar to ...) lacking activity; lying idle or unused

"an inactive mine" "inactive accounts" "inactive machinery"

Definition 11: lacking resilience or bounce - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dead tennis ball

(dead is similar to ...) not elastic

"economists speak of an inelastic price structure"

Definition 12: out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dead telephone line
  • the motor is dead

(dead is similar to ...) not working or taking effect

"an inoperative law"

Definition 13: devoid of physical sensation; numb - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) not responsive to physical stimuli

"insensitive to radiation"

Definition 14: (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • passersby were dead to our plea for help
  • numb to the cries for mercy

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

"insensitive to the needs of the patients"

Definition 15: no longer having force or relevance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dead issue

(dead is similar to ...) not current or belonging to the present time

Definition 16: unerringly accurate - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dead shot
  • took dead aim

(dead is similar to ...) sharply exact or accurate or delimited

"a precise mind" "specified a precise amount" "arrived at the precise moment"

Definition 17: not circulating or flowing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dead air
  • dead water
  • stagnant water

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) (of fluids) not moving or flowing

"mosquitoes breed in standing water"

Definition 18: very tired - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was all in at the end of the day
  • so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
  • bushed after all that exercise
  • I'm dead after that long trip

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) depleted of strength or energy

"tired mothers with crying babies" "too tired to eat"

(dead is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 19: drained of electric charge; discharged - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dead battery
  • left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) of a particle or body or system; having no charge

"an uncharged particle" "an uncharged battery"

Definition 20: not yielding a return - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dead capital
  • idle funds

Synonyms for dead in the sense of this definition

(dead is similar to ...) producing little or no profit or gain

"deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"

Definition 21: lacking acoustic resonance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs
  • the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio

(dead is similar to ...) not reverberant; lacking a tendency to reverberate

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