(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
(legal) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.
End (less common, usually in a negative manner).
- The lack of funding ultimately led to the demise of the project.
(transitive, obsolete, legal) To give.
(legal) To convey, as by will or lease.
(legal) To transmit by inheritance.
(legal) To pass by inheritance.