Meaning of DEAD in English


[dead] adj [ME deed, fr. OE dead; akin to ON dauthr dead, deyja to die, OHG tot dead--more at die] (bef. 12c) 1: deprived of life: having died

2. a (1): having the appearance of death: deathly "in a ~ faint" (2): lacking power to move, feel, or respond: numb b: very tired c (1): incapable of being stirred emotionally or intellectually: unresponsive "~ to pity"

2: grown cold: extinguished "~ coals" 3 a: inanimate, inert "~ matter" b: barren, infertile "~ soil" c: no longer producing or functioning: exhausted "a ~ battery"

4. a (1): lacking power or effect "a ~ law" (2): no longer having interest, relevance, or significance "a ~ issue" b: no longer in use: obsolete "a ~ language" c: no longer active: extinct "a ~ volcano" d: lacking in gaiety or animation "a ~ party" e (1): lacking in commercial activity: quiet (2): commercially idle or unproductive "~ capital" f: lacking elasticity "a ~ tennis ball" g: being out of action or out of use; specif: free from any connection to a source of voltage and free from electric charges h (1): being out of play "a ~ ball" "~ cards" (2): temporarily forbidden to play or to make a certain play in croquet

5. a: not running or circulating: stagnant "~ water" b: not turning "a ~ lathe center" c: not imparting motion or power although otherwise functioning "a ~ rear axle" d: lacking warmth, vigor, or taste

6. a: absolutely uniform "a ~ level" b (1): unerring (2): exact "~ center of the target" (3): certain to be doomed "he's ~ if he's late for curfew" (4): irrevocable "a ~ loss" c: abrupt "brought to a ~ stop" d (1): complete, absolute "a ~ silence" (2): all-out "caught it on the ~ run" 7: devoid of former occupants "~ villages" -- dead.ness n -- dead in the water 1: incapable of being effective: stalled

2: [1]dead 6b(3) syn dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life "a dead, listless performance". defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation "a defunct television series". deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use "the estate of the deceased". departed is used usu. as a euphemism "our departed sister". late is used esp. with reference to a person in a specific relation or status "the company's late president".

[2]dead n, pl dead (bef. 12c) 1: one that is dead--usu. used collectively

2: the state of being dead "raised him from the ~ --Col 2:12(RSV)"

3: the time of greatest quiet "the ~ of night" [3]dead adv (14c) 1: absolutely, utterly "~ certain"

2: suddenly and completely "stopped ~"

3: directly "~ ahead"

Merriam-Webster English vocab.      Английский словарь Merriam Webster.