• Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
    Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dead devoid of activity; nothing ever happens here" "this is a dead town"
    • adj dead physically inactive "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
    • adj dead no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life "the nerve is dead","a dead pallor","he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
    • adj dead not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat "Mars is a dead planet","dead soil","dead coals","the fire is dead"
    • adj dead drained of electric charge; discharged "a dead battery","left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
    • adj dead complete "came to a dead stop","utter seriousness"
    • adj dead no longer having force or relevance "a dead issue"
    • adj dead out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown "a dead telephone line","the motor is dead"
    • adj dead lacking resilience or bounce "a dead tennis ball"
    • adj dead not surviving in active use "Latin is a dead language"
    • adj dead not circulating or flowing "dead air","dead water","stagnant water"
    • adj dead unerringly accurate "a dead shot","took dead aim"
    • adj dead not yielding a return "dead capital","idle funds"
    • adj dead lacking acoustic resonance "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs","the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
    • adj dead devoid of physical sensation; numb "his gums were dead from the novocain","she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth","a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
    • adj dead (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive "passersby were dead to our plea for help","numb to the cries for mercy"
    • adj dead very tired "was all in at the end of the day","so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere","bushed after all that exercise","I'm dead after that long trip"
    • adv dead completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers "an absolutely magnificent painting","a perfectly idiotic idea","you're perfectly right","utterly miserable","you can be dead sure of my innocence","was dead tired","dead right"
    • adv dead quickly and without warning "he stopped suddenly"
    • n dead people who are no longer living "they buried the dead"
    • n dead a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense "the dead of winter"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Dead. Shoshoni and Banak Dead. Shoshoni and Banak
Clovis stands over the dead chieftain Clovis stands over the dead chieftain
The Dead Romeo The Dead Romeo
And the Sea Gave Up the Dead And the Sea Gave Up the Dead
puppy with dead rabbit puppy with dead rabbit
Tasman carrying off dead pup Tasman carrying off dead pup
Dead Goat Emerging from Den Dead Goat Emerging from Den

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Dead Sea has been sinking for last several years
    • Dead Bringing death; deadly.
    • Dead (Elec) Carrying no current, or producing no useful effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and, therefore, is not in use.
    • Dead (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead .
    • Dead Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. "The queen, my lord, is dead .""The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger.""Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living."
    • Dead Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
    • Dead (Paint) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect.
    • Dead Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc.
    • Dead Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall. "The ground is a dead flat."
    • Dead (Paint) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson.
    • Dead (Mach) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
    • Dead One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively. "And Abraham stood up from before his dead ."
    • Dead Out of play; regarded as out of the game; -- said of a ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games. "In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies so near the hole that the player is certain to hole it in the next stroke."
    • Dead Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
    • Dead So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor.
    • Dead Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight.
    • Dead Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty. "I had them a dead bargain."
    • Dead The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter. "When the drum beat at dead of night."
    • adv Dead dĕd To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly. "I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy."
    • v. i Dead To die; to lose life or force. "So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth straightway."
    • v. t Dead To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor. "Heaven's stern decree,
      With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me."
    • Dead Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade.
    • Dead Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works. "Dead in trespasses."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin
    • dead Having ceased to live; being deprived of life, as an animal or vegetable organism; in that state in which all the functions of life or vital powers have ceased to act; lifeless.
    • dead Hence Having ceased from action or activity; deprived of animating or moving force; brought to a stop or cessation, final or temporary: as, dead machinery; dead affections.
    • dead Not endowed with life; destitute of life; inanimate: as, dead matter.
    • dead Void of sensation or perception; insensible; numb: as, he was dead with sleep; dead to all sense of shame.
    • dead Having the appearance of being lifeless, as in a swoon.
    • dead Resembling death; still; motionless; deep: as, a dead sleep; a dead calm.
    • dead Utter; entire; complete; full: as, a dead stop.
    • dead Unvarying; unbroken by projections or irregularities.
    • dead Unemployed; useless; unprofitable: as, dead capital or stock (such as produces no profit).
    • dead Dull; inactive: as, a dead market.
    • dead Producing no reverberation; without resonance; dull; heavy: as, a dead sound.
    • dead Tasteless; vapid; spiritless; flat: said of liquors.
    • dead Without spiritual life: as, dead works; dead faith.
    • dead Fixed; sure; unerring: as, a dead certainty.
    • dead Being in the state of civil death; cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property, as one sentenced to imprisonment for life for crime, or, formerly, one who was banished or became a monk.
    • dead Not communicating motion or power: as, dead steam; the dead spindle of a lathe.
    • dead Not glossy or brilliant: said of a color or a surface.
    • dead Out of the game; out of play: said of a ball or a player: as, a dead ball; he is dead.
    • dead A law, ordinance, or legal instrument which, through long-continued and uninterrupted disuse or disregard, has lost its actual although not its formal authority.
    • dead Nautical, an old name for the reef- or gasket-ends carelessly left dangling under the yard when the sail is furled, instead of being tucked in.
    • n dead The culminating point, as of the cold of winter, or of the darkness or stillness of the night.
    • n dead plural Material thrown out in digging; specifically, in mining, worthless rock; attle: same as gob in coal-mining. Also (dialectal) deeds.—
    • n dead [Prop. a var. of death; cf. deadly = deathly, dead-day = death-day, etc.] Death.
    • n dead A complete failure in recitation.
    • dead To become dead; lose life or force.
    • dead To make a complete failure in recitation.
    • dead To make dead; deprive of life, consciousness, force, or vigor; dull; deaden.
    • dead To cause to fail in recitation: said of a teacher who puzzles a scholar.
    • dead In a dead or dull manner.
    • dead To a degree approaching death; deathly; to the last degree: as, to be dead sleepy; he was dead drunk.
    • dead Entirely; completely: as, he was dead sure that he was right.
    • dead Directly; exactly; diametrically: as, the wind was dead ahead.
    • dead In golf, said of a ball: when it falls without rolling;
    • dead when it lies so near a hole that the player is “dead sure” to hole it;
    • dead when it lacks life or resiliency.
    • dead In electricity, said of a circuit which is not connected with any source of electric power, either directly, or indirectly, as by induction.
    • dead Said of molten metal when it is thick and sluggish, either from insufficient melting, or from having stood too long in a ladle. Dead metal does not pour well and is not suitable for making thin castings, although it may be successfully used for heavy castings.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Delaware you may not sell dead people for money without a license.
    • adj Dead ded without life: death-like: at rest, of a ball: cold and cheerless: without vegetation: utter: unerring
    • v.t Dead to deaden, dull
    • adv Dead in a dead manner
    • n Dead the time of greatest stillness, as 'the dead of night.'—adjs. Dead′-alive′, Dead′-and-alive′, dull, uneventful
    • adv Dead in a manner resembling death
    • ***


  • Robert Wilson
    Robert Wilson
    “The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.”
  • George Santayana
    “Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.”
  • Dean Smith
    Dean Smith
    “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.”
  • Nicholas Breton
    Nicholas Breton
    “I wish my deadly foe, no worse than want of friends, and empty purse.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.”


Beating a dead horse - (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
Dead air - When there is a period of total silence, there is dead air.
Dead and buried - If something is dead and buried, it has all long been settled and is not going to be reconsidered.
Dead as a dodo - If something's dead as a dodo, it is lifeless and dull. The dodo was a bird that lived the island of Mauritius. It couldn't fly and was hunted to extinction.
Dead as a doornail - This is used to indicate that something is lifeless.
Dead duck - Someone or something is bound to fail or die is a dead duck.
Dead even - If people competing are dead even, they are at exactly the same stage or moving at exactly the same speed.
Dead from the neck up - Someone who's dead from the neck up is very stupid indeed.
Dead heat - If a race ends in a dead heat, two or more finish with exactly the same result.
Dead in the water - If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress.
Dead level best - If you try your dead level best, you try as hard as you possibly could to do something.
Dead man walking - A dead man walking is someone who is in great trouble and will certainly get punished, lose their job or position, etc, soon.
Dead meat - This is used as a way of threatening someone: You'll be dead meat if you don't go along.
Dead men's shoes - If promotion or success requires replacing somebody, then it can only be reached by dead men's shoes' by getting rid of them.
Dead right - This means that something or someone is absolutely correct, without doubt.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. deád,; akin to OS. dōd, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dauðr, Sw. & Dan. död, Goth. daubs,; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die,. See Die, and cf. Death


In literature:

Then, dearest, from the hour when you read this letter, think of me as dead, for I shall be dead to the world.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Was he dead, and were those swarthy-visaged forms extended motionless on the grass of the oasis the forms of fiends?
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
The traditions of the good old barons were not dead in that day, nor are they all dead yet.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Also there is a story of a negro being shot dead by a policeman for robbing a dead body.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
The one circling had sighted dead beast or man.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
And still Leverett dared not budge, dared not search the dead and take from it that for which the dead had died.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Dead, dead on every side!
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
There was quiet among the dead and the living in the deep sea.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I told myself I was too dead tired to care.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
Beatrice put the diamonds away from her as if they had been so many deadly snakes.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White

In poetry:

Of skin,
A flap like a hat,
Dead white.
Then that red plush.
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
I will not perturbate
Thy Paradisal state
With praise
Of thy dead days;
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
To save their lives
The people fled.
Saul hunted them down
He wanted them dead.
"Saul Is Struck Blind" by Doris Clore Demaree
Shelley is dead and gone,
who said,
"Taught them not this -
to know themselves;
"Myself" by Robert Creeley
The day is ending,
The night is descending;
The marsh is frozen,
The river dead.
"Afternoon in February" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
his head
is in Egypt, his feet
in Rome, his groin a desert
trench with its dead soldier.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott

In news:

My first introduction to Dead Rising 2 at this year's E3 came in the form of Capcom's very tacky Dead Rising 2 booth on the E3 floor: a zombie booth-babe in a cage with a set of faux guards and pro-zombie activists.
Dubai, UAE—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa, on the banks of the Dead Sea .
People are being shot dead while paying their respects at the memorial sites of other people who have been shot dead.
Heads up, Dead Heads: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has partnered with the remaining members of the The Grateful Dead for a beer named after one of the band's legendary albums, American Beauty.
With Dead Letters, bestselling Grateful Dead author Paul Grushkin (Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Dead Heads) has combed this archive to come up with a fantastic survey of nearly 400 Grateful Dead ticket-request envelopes.
A pastor says 12-year-old Christian Schuster survived a deadly shooting in North Dakota by being covered by his slain brother and pretending to be dead.
This week the guys talk about the Walking Dead, Breaking Amish and more Walking Dead.
Gray whale found dead in Long Beach whale, beach, long, gray, laguna, biologists, died, days, dead, deangelis.
04 pm Multiple persons in a D Street dead end were reported skinning a dead animal.
Not the ringingest of endorsements from PriceWaterhouseCoopers: traditional media are not dead yet because their consumers are not dead yet.
The 'Dead' and the Red: 'The Walking Dead' Cast in Character and on the Red Carpet.
The rita thousands of dead gods (excerpt) Thousands Of Dead Gods.
Man files $20,000 insurance claim for dead cat but cat wasn't dead or real.
Song of the Living Dead is set in an apocalyptic world overrun by the walking dead, but it couldn't feel more alive.
The Bay Area bludgeoning post-hardcore group Dead & Gone is -- ironically -- back from the dead.

In science:

In a very early time t < 5 we find a dead time where the magnetization does not change.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
An infinite potential well at the dead end of the stub reflects an incident electron with unit probability.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
As we run the RG and renormalize down to scale Γ, the system consists of nΓ active spins per unit length, separated from each other by “dead” regions (with lengths of order Γ2 ) of decimated spins.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Another example is that of a dead-end RW law, defined as a stopped random walk law for which the probability of getting to z is 0.
Fast graphs for the random walker
We use the notation and the results of the decomposition in Proposition 8, so we can assume that our SRWL is a convex combination of SRWLs supported on simple paths and a dead-end RW law.
Fast graphs for the random walker