Certain to suffer death, failure, or a similarly negative outcome.
(not comparable) No longer living.
(hyperbole) Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
* 1600 , (William Shakespeare), (As You Like It) , Act III, Scene 3:
- All of my grandparents are dead .
(of another person) So hated that they are absolutely ignored.
- When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.
- He is dead to me.
- She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.
- the dead''' load on the floor''; ''a '''dead lift .
- dead''' air''; ''a '''dead glass of soda .
Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.
- dead''' time''; '''''dead fields ; also in compounds.
- OK, the circuit's dead . Go ahead and cut the wire.
(not comparable) Broken or inoperable.
- Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
(not comparable) No longer used or required.
- That monitor is dead ; don’t bother hooking it up.
- There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
(not comparable, sports) Not in play.
- Is this beer glass dead ?
(not comparable) Full and complete.
- Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead .
(not comparable) Exact.
- dead''' stop''; '''''dead''' sleep''; '''''dead''' giveaway''; '''''dead silence
Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).
- dead''' center''; '''''dead''' aim''; ''a '''dead''' eye''; ''a '''dead level
(informal) (Certain to be) in big trouble.
- After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead .
Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless.
- "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead , mister!"
(obsolete) Bringing death; deadly.
- a dead floor
(legal) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property.
(engineering) Not imparting motion or power.
- A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead .
- the dead spindle of a lathe
* See also
(lb) Exactly right.
- dead''' right''; '''''dead''' level''; '''''dead''' flat''; '''''dead''' straight''; '''''dead left
(lb) Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.
- He hit the target dead in the centre.
As if dead.
- 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 ;
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (Charles Dickens)
- dead''' tired''; '''''dead''' quiet''; '''''dead''' asleep''; '''''dead''' pale''; '''''dead''' cold''; '''''dead still
- I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy.
(in the singular) Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
(in the plural) Those who have died.
- The dead''' of night.'' ''The '''dead of winter.
- Have respect for the dead .
* (those who have died) the deceased
(archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
To prevent by disabling; stop.
* 1826 , The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich , collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth.
- "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead [????????] in vain." Galatians 2:21, King James Version (1611).
To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
- “What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency dead him in spiritual works”
(UK, transitive, slang) To kill.
* 2006 , Leighanne Boyd, Once Upon A Time In The Bricks (page 178)
- Heaven's stern decree, / With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me.
* 2008 , Marvlous Harrison, The Coalition (page 106)
- This dude at the club was trying to kill us so I deaded him, and then I had to collect from Spice.
- “What, you was just gonna dead him because if that's the case then why the fuck we getting the money?” Sha asked annoyed.
* better dead than red
* brain dead/brain-dead
* clinically dead
* dead air
* dead as a dodo
* dead as a doorknob
* dead as a doornail
* dead ball
* dead bat
* dead body
* dead cat bounce
* dead center
* dead code
* dead donkey
* dead duck
* dead end
* dead giveaway
* dead heat
* dead horse
* dead ice
* dead in the water
* dead language
* dead last
* dead leg
* dead letter
* deadline/dead line
* dead link
* dead man/dead man's hand
* dead march
* dead marine
* dead meat
* dead men
* dead metaphor
* dead on
* dead or alive
* dead president
* dead reckoning
* dead rubber
* Dead Sea
* dead serious
* dead set against
* dead soldier
* dead space
* dead sticking
* dead to the world
* dead tree
* dead water
* dead weight
* dead zone
* drop dead
* leave for dead
* living dead
* not be caught dead
* over my dead body
* play dead
* stop dead