• WordNet 3.6
    • adj anaesthetic characterized by insensibility "the young girls are in a state of possession--blind and deaf and anesthetic","an anesthetic state"
    • adj anaesthetic relating to or producing insensibility
    • n anaesthetic a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Anaesthetic an-ēs-thet′ik producing insensibility to external impressions
    • n Anaesthetic a substance, as chloroform or cocaine, that produces insensibility, whether general or local
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic: invisibility, and the anaesthetic power to deaden my attention in your direction.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.”


In literature:

Love thrives so much better on the stimulant of suspense than on the anaesthetic of memory.
"A Guide to Men" by Helen Rowland
I proposed an anaesthetic to her ... but she would not consent.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
An anaesthetic pellet of the kind I use for trapping ought to do the trick.
"Dead Man's Planet" by William Morrison
The doctor felt he was operating for the patient's sake; but it would be the knife, without an anaesthetic.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Xantra may be insidiously anaesthetizing us!
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
At her head was Dr. Willets, administering the anaesthetic.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
And the knowledge that it wouldn't would be such an anaesthetic.
"The Widow" by Helen Rowland
Most of the men here are already well anaesthetized in that respect.
"Human Error" by Raymond F. Jones
It acts also as a local anaesthetic, vascular stimulant and disinfectant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Many gaseous anaesthetics are known to have a marked effect in stimulating plant growth.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

In poetry:

Now I see that I was
Ignorant, surprised,
As one for the surgeon's knife
"When Childhood Died" by John Freeman
Then they bid you close your eyelids,
And they mask you with a napkin,
And the anaesthetic reaches
Hot and subtle through your being.
"Operation" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Initially developed as a horse anaesthetic, PCP can make users extremely hyperactive and so insensitive to pain that one could run despite having a broken leg, he said.
The doctor charged over Michael Jackson 's death bought 255 vials of a powerful anaesthetic in the three months before the singer died from a lethal combination of the drug and other sedatives, a pharmacist has testified.
Anay Jumar Chowdhary, a government doctor, performed sterilizing procedures on the women, who were laid out on school desks and anaesthetized by untrained staff.