• Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
    Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj deadly (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
    • adj deadly causing or capable of causing death "a fatal accident","a deadly enemy","mortal combat","a mortal illness"
    • adj deadly of an instrument of certain death "deadly poisons","lethal weapon","a lethal injection"
    • adj deadly exceedingly harmful
    • adj deadly involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death "the seven deadly sins"
    • adj deadly extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom "venomous snakes","a virulent insect bite"
    • adv deadly (used as intensives) extremely "she was madly in love","deadly dull","deadly earnest","deucedly clever","insanely jealous"
    • adv deadly as if dead
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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 most deadly fires that occur in the home happen between 6pm and 10pm
    • deadly Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile; flagitious; as, deadly enemies. "Thy assailant is quick, skillful, and deadly ."
    • deadly Capable of causing death; mortal; fatal; destructive; certain or likely to cause death; as, a deadly blow or wound.
    • deadly Extremely. "Deadly weary.""So deadly cunning a man."
    • deadly In a manner resembling, or as if produced by, death; deathly. "Deadly pale."
    • deadly In a manner to occasion death; mortally. "The groanings of a deadly wounded man."
    • deadly In an implacable manner; destructively.
    • deadly Subject to death; mortal. "The image of a deadly man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 1300 species of scorpion but only 25 of them are deadly
    • deadly Mortal; liable to death; being in danger of death.
    • deadly Occasioning or capable of causing death, physical or spiritual; mortal; fatal; destructive: as, a deadly blow or wound.
    • deadly Mortal; implacable; aiming or tending to kill or destroy: as, a deadly enemy; deadly malice; a deadly feud.
    • deadly Adapted for producing death or great bodily injury: as, a deadly weapon; a deadly drug.
    • deadly Dead.
    • deadly Very great; excessive.
    • deadly Mortally.
    • deadly Implacably; destructively.
    • deadly In a manner resembling death; deathly: as, deadly pale or wan.
    • deadly Extremely; excessively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Delaware you may not sell dead people for money without a license.
    • adj Deadly causing death: fatal: implacable
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  • George Eliot
    “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
    “In the long run we are all dead.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”
  • Sophocles
    “For the dead there are no more toils.”
  • Voltaire
    “To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.


In literature:

No wonder, since it seems the voice of one wailing for the dead!
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Now if we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why do some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
The princess remained half dead, like a log, and then the cloud carried her away.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Dead on her feet, dead.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
There was a pause and a dead silence.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Do you know that more than half my time I spend guessing if you're alive or dead?
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
What's the use of mediums at all if the dead can really come back?
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
Dead, dead, and she had died loving me!
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Them folks is dead, dead, dead.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
It was a large fish, a sturgeon, floating dead, with a bird beside it, also dead!
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The position of the scarab in Ancient Egyptian religion and the Book of the Dead.
"Scarabs" by Isaac Myer
Surely it came from the graves outside, from those stone breasts of the dead.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But nothing had happened, the age of miracles being past, and the vow to his dead father bound him.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
She returned once to find them both dead of diphtheria.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Perhaps he was coming to tell him that his mother in England was dead.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
The man you've got in the guard-house, condemned to be hanged by the neck until he is dead, is innocent.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Better still, he acts as comforter: he is good enough to shew us our dead, to call up the shades of our beloved.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
It was all dead in the middle.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
We may be sure at least they represent the dead; for the dead, in the minds of the islanders, are all-pervasive.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

Quiet, quiet dead,
I will not perplex you;
What my tongue hath said
Haply it may vex you!
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
A weary night of weeping—
Jesus is dead!
A night that knew no sleeping—
Jesus is dead!
"He Is Not Here, But Is Risen!" by Daniel Webster Moody
Dead too thy trilling song,
Dead in thy grief;
Not e'en a saddened song
Mourns for the leaf.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Thou hast fair forms that move
With queenly tread;
Thou hast proud fanes above
Thy mighty dead.
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Look, the raft, a signal flying,
Thin--a shred;
None upon the lashed spars lying,
Quick or dead.
"Far Off-Shore" by Herman Melville
Did you not hear the singing,
Voices overhead?
Mother's voice and Ruth's voice,
Voices of the dead.
"A Mystery Play" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Baby-faced and deadly from long range.
Bachelor party turns into deadly brawl.
2 dead, 4 injured in Boynton I-95 crash.
New intriguing leads on the man who made the world's most deadly movie trailer.
SHERMAN, TX-Two years ago, a man and two women, one of them pregnant, were found dead at a home west of Sherman.
Backpacker Killed In First Known Deadly Bear Attack In Denali National Park.
On the first season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Taylor Armstrong's husband -- who was found dead at age 47 of suicide on Monday -- often came off as controlling, neglectful and obsessed with his work.
For some time, scientists believed that most balding people had a case of dead stem cells, referring to the hair follicle stem cells which turn into hair producing cells.
Ex-MLB player Carl Everett was in custody at Tampa's Hillsborough County Jail Tuesday, following his arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.
The mystery of a curse inscribed on the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea may have been resolved.
Martin Balsam Is Dead at 76.
Ron Palillo, who played Horshack on 1970s show Welcome Back Kotter, dead at 63.
Five people dead after fiery Queens crash.
'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark dead at 82.
Dick Clark, 'American Bandstand' Host, Dead at 82.

In science:

Thus, determining whether the cat is alive or dead at any particular time is ambiguous since it would appear that the state of being of the cat is a superposition of a state in which the gas has been released and the cat is dead and a state where the gas has not been released and the cat is alive.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
At a certain scale size the superposition of distinct states is broken, and there is a random collapse of the total wave function onto one of the two states, thereby implying that the cat is either dead or alive but not both.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
The long-time tail of this waiting time distribution incorporates, in a statistical sense, the effect of the bottlenecks and the dead-ends in the diffusion of the random walker embedded in the disordered structure, and the model is compatible with Eq. (1).
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
If Hall diffusion is neglected, the instability grows in the upper layers of the disk and there is a substantial dead zone (z/h ∼< 2).
Early Disk Evolution
This tends to increase the extent of the magnetically-coupled region within the disk, and reduces the extent of the dead zone.
Early Disk Evolution
However, it was discovered that a dead column on the CCD could effectively be used as an overscan region and so the median value of this strip is subtracted from the frame.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
Plots of ǫP data versus the iris diameter (a) for a range of pump waist with fixed wo = 250 µm and (b) for a range of pump waists with wp ≈ wo . (a) shows measurements performed at IEN, where the efficiency is uncorrected for the detector dead-time, while (b) shows measurements performed at NIST, corrected for dead-time.
Measurement of Coupling PDC photon sources with single-mode and multimode optical fibers
Red galaxies are old and dead; they have no material from which to make stars, therefore no dust or PAH features.
Anomalously low PAH emission from low-luminosity galaxies
Dead end words in lamplighter groups and other wreath products.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
One may argue that some disks may have regions of zero turbulence (for instance the ‘dead zone’ introduced by Gammie 1996), which may decrease the efficiency of the grain growth.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
The circuit enables a low readout dead time (<90 ns) and provides a fully synchronous digital interface for easy data retrieval.
Development of a TDC to equip a Liquid Xenon PET prototype
Precise measurements of electron beam current and dead time allowed an accurate determination of the effective luminosity.
Measurement of the LT-asymmetry in \pi^0 electroproduction at the energy of the \Delta (1232) resonance
It is clear that {Yn} has many “dead times”, i.e., times n at which Yn = Yn+1 .
Recurrence for persistent random walks in two dimensions
In sequel, no reaction, no excitation, no process would be possible! The world would be dead! In order to make the world to “wake up” it is necessary that every real Hamiltonian has only finite number of specific quantum numbers that characterizes it.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
This minimizes the dead time due to the digitization process.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA