Dead

Adjective

  • (informal) (Certain to be) in big trouble.

    ""You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead, mister!""

  • (not comparable, of a machine, device, or electrical circuit) Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.

    "Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs."

  • (not comparable) No longer used or required.

    "Is this beer glass dead?"

  • (law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property.

    "A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead."

  • (not comparable, baseball, slang, 1800s) Tagged out.
  • (hyperbolic) Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
  • (not comparable) Full and complete.

    "dead giveaway"

  • Stationary; static.

    "the dead load on the floor"

  • (not comparable) Exact.

    "dead aim"

  • Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.

    "a dead glass of soda."

  • Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).

    "After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.}}"

  • (not comparable, of a machine, device, or electrical circuit) Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.

    "OK, the circuit's dead. Go ahead and cut the wire."

  • (obsolete) Bringing death; deadly.
  • (not comparable) No longer used or required.

    "There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched."

  • (not comparable, golf, of a golf ball) Lying so near the hole that the player is certain to hole it in the next stroke.
  • (not comparable) No longer living.

    "All of my grandparents are dead."

  • (not comparable) Full and complete.

    "dead sleep"

  • Without emotion.

    "She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea."

  • (not comparable) Exact.

    "dead center"

  • Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.

    "dead air"

  • (not comparable) Exact.

    "a dead level"

  • Unproductive.

    "dead fields"

  • Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless.

    "a dead floor"

  • (not comparable) Broken or inoperable.

    "That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up."

  • (engineering) Not imparting motion or power.

    "the dead spindle of a lathe"

  • (not comparable, sports) Not in play.

    "Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead."

  • (not comparable) Full and complete.

    "dead stop"

  • (of another person) So hated that they are absolutely ignored.

    "He is dead to me."

  • (not comparable) Full and complete.

    "dead silence"

  • Stationary; static.

    "a dead lift."

  • (not comparable) Exact.

    "a dead eye"

  • Unproductive.

    "dead time"

Adverb

  • (degree) Exactly right.

    "He hit the target dead in the centre."

  • "dead right; dead level; dead flat; dead straight; dead left"

  • As if dead.

    "dead tired; dead quiet; dead asleep; dead pale; dead cold; dead still"

  • (degree) Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.

    "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;"

Noun

  • ​(in the singular) Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.

    "The dead of night. The dead of winter."

  • (in the plural) Those who have died.

    "Have respect for the dead."

Verb

  • (transitive) To prevent by disabling; stop.
  • (archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
  • (Britain, transitive, slang) To kill.
  • (transitive) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.

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