• Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
    Ojibwa gravestone, including "dead"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deadness the inanimate property of something that has died
    • n deadness the physical property of something that has lost its elasticity "he objected to the deadness of the tennis balls"
    • n deadness the quality of being unresponsive; not reacting; as a quality of people, it is marked by a failure to respond quickly or with emotion to people or events "she began to recover from her numb unresponsiveness after the accident","in an instant all the deadness and withdrawal were wiped away"
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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
    • n Deadness The state of being destitute of life, vigor, spirit, activity, etc.; dullness; inertness; languor; coldness; vapidness; indifference; as, the deadness of a limb, a body, or a tree; the deadness of an eye; deadness of the affections; the deadness of beer or cider; deadness to the world, and the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rats are omnivorous, eating nearly any type of food, including dead and dying members of their own species.
    • n deadness The state of being dead. Want of life or vital power in a once animated body, as an animal or a plant, or in a part of it.
    • n deadness The state of being by nature without life; inanimateness.
    • n deadness A state resembling that of death: as, the deadness of a fainting-fit.
    • n deadness Want of activity or sensitiveness; lack of force or susceptibility; dullness; coldness; frigidity; indifference: as, deadness of the affections.
    • n deadness Flatness; want of spirit: as, the deadness of liquors.
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.”
  • William Lloyd George
    William Lloyd George
    “He's no failure. He's not dead yet.”
  • Herman Melville
    “Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead -- not sick, not wounded -- dead.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.”


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.


In literature:

He is dead; in fact, both my husbands are dead, so I don't see much need of talking about them.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I more scared of live people than I is dead ones; dead people ain't gwine to harm you.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Brion wasn't dead, though there had been some doubt about that the night before.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
They burn the dead and throw the ashes into a river or tank, employing a Maha-Brahman to receive the gifts for the dead.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
He was deadly pale and his eyes burned.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She felt that to see his face, even from a distance, would cause her to drop dead before him.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
There did not lack dead or dying horses, nor, here and there, dead or wounded men.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He had fully expected to see the limp form of a dead Apache lying on the rocks.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
The bland interne was dead and unfortunately beyond their punishment.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Phil, the late dead, the late dead dear, O!
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick

In poetry:

Lord of the living and the dead,
Our Saviour dear!
We lay in silence at thy feet
This sad, sad year.
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
My father is dead.
I who am look at him
who is not, as once he
went looking for me
in the woman who was.
"Album" by R S Thomas
"I'm richer now than Mistus,
Because I have got my son;
And Mister Thomas he is dead,
And she's nary one.
"The Reunion" by Frances Ellen Watkins
She is not dead, O mother,
Your loss you will deplore;
Kind sisters and fond brother,
Your Nora is no more!
"On The Death Of Miss Eleanora Henderson" by David John Scott
And parted by the warders
That hold the gates of sleep,
I shall be dead and happy
And you will live and weep.
"To My Sister" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
The song of Homer liveth,
Dead Solon is not dead;
Thy splendid name, Pythagoras,
O'er realms of suns is spread.
"The Builders" by Ebenezer Elliott

In news:

Despite deep budget cuts, the next-generation atom smasher -- the $6.6 billion International Linear Collider -- isn't dead yet.
I have a 60GB laptop drive that I salvaged from my dead notebook.
Auction House To The (Dead) Stars.
Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in $210 million, Forbes said on Wednesday.
Snodgrass, 83, a Poet of Intensely Autobiographical Themes, Is Dead.
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2006's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'.
They've done it before with "Not Ready To Die" as part of the Call Of The Dead game expansion pack in 2011.
Two dead in Thanksgiving Day crashes in Avon , Peru.
Two people are dead after a pair of predawn Thanksgiving Day highway crashes in Maine.
Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) If voters reject a Prince George's County casino in November, the issue is most likely dead for the remainder of his tenure, Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley said Monday.
Police found Christopher Toth, 42, dead in the backyard of a home on Ocoee Trail around 6 pm.
An ominous text message, a dropped 911 call and a dead cell phone -- those are.
Maybe i should try a Walking Dead themed room.
The dead, so many dead.
REVIEWS And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, 'Tao of the Dead.

In science:

Dead time of this photon counting system is about 25 ns, very stable and independent of brightness of the LED.
Quantum random number generator
However, star-forming outer disks still dominate the energy output of the galaxy at ultraviolet wavelengths and this leads to a very different accounting of which galaxies in the local Universe are truly “red and dead”.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
This is also con firmed in Figure 10, which lists all the fixed nodes but has the PDA marked as dead. 6 We compared the received signal strength results obtained with the Prawn prototype against what is reported by simulations of the same setup using NS-2 .
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11
Obviously, Tweety will not fly, here because the predicate ”dead” is very strong and overrules many normal properties.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
Eventually the bit rate will be limited by the dead time in the detectors.
Secure self-calibrating quantum random bit generator