dullness

Definitions

  • Life is very dull, my dear Rox
    Life is very dull, my dear Rox
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dullness without sharpness or clearness of edge or point "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
    • n dullness lack of sensibility "there was a dullness in his heart","without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it."
    • n dullness a lack of visual brightness "the brightness of the orange sky was reflected in the dullness of the orange sea"
    • n dullness the quality of lacking interestingness "the stories were of a dullness to bring a buffalo to its knees"
    • n dullness the quality of being slow to understand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dullness The state of being dull; slowness; stupidity; heaviness; drowsiness; bluntness; obtuseness; dimness; want of luster; want of vividness, or of brightness. "And gentle dullness ever loves a joke."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dullness The state or quality of being dull, in any sense of that word.
    • n dullness Synonyms Baldness, Heaviness, etc. (in style). See frigidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dullness the stale or quality of being dull
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.”
  • Robert E. Lee
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    “The devil's name is dullness.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.”
  • Wyndham Lewis
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    “Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “We are growing serious, and let me tell you, that's the next step to being dull.”

Idioms

Dull as ditchwater - (UK) If something is as dull as ditchwater, it is incredibly boring. A ditch is a long narrow hole or trench dug to contain water, which is normally a dark, dirty colour and stagnant (when water turns a funny colour and starts to smell bad). (In American English,'things are 'dull as dishwater'.)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. doldwelan, to err; Dut. dol, Ger. toll, mad.

Usage

In literature:

No, no, I love it, but I suppose it is dull for you.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
As he had said, things were dull, just then.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Faster and louder came the dull shaking thunders, and passed swiftly up and down, drawling into the distance.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
Life at Ardkill Cottage was dull, and therefore she also was dull.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
I was getting as dull as an owl.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
She had sent, declined, and accepted invitations, and put off charities and dull people.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It was no dull, sonorous bell, suggesting memories of the far Campagna.
"Sunrise" by William Black
A sort of dull power hung over me, like the cloud of a brooding tempest, and I feared to be told anything.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
That knowledge aroused a dull rage in him.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Out through the open office door a dull bar of yellow light streamed across the lower steps.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
His day was not to be wholly dull.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
If ever there was a dull subject dead and buried, it was he, poor man.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
But she felt a little dull when Miss Carew and Molly discussed Browning and Tennyson and De Musset.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Also when the servant is somewhat dull of comprehension as to the name it will be well to send in a card to prevent mistakes.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
There was a dull pain in his breast, going through to his back, and he coughed a little.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Still, Anne could not help thinking that he did think her dull.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
It's not dull either; don't think that it's dull!
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
At the end of eighteen months the girl packed up her trunk, and left home to pay a dull visit to a great-aunt.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
My other hearers may be dull and unappreciative, but those eyes never fail.
"An Unknown Lover" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Sometimes it was pink, then it looked dull green and almost black.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
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In poetry:

What was it in the bird's song worked such change?
The grass was wonderful.
I did not dream such beauty was
In things so dull.
"Happiness" by John Freeman
The earth was cold, hard-hearted, dull;
To death almost she slept:
Over her, heaven grew beautiful,
And forth her beauty crept.
"Songs of the Spring Days" by George MacDonald
Dull sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
And there, like other moss and rust,
The native dweller clings,
And keeps, in uninquiring trust,
The old, dull round of things.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Fain would I leave this mournful place,
This music dull, where none
But heavy notes have any grace,
And mirth accents the moan:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
'If, like a man, dull space could hear!
If, like a man, obey!'
We seized this earthly hemisphere,
This senseless skull of clay.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

One-stop flights from Washington Dulles cost about the same.
The Devil and John Foster Dulles by Townsend Hoopes Little, Brown, 562 pp.
John Foster Dulles was sixty-five years old before he tasted real power.
Erica Heller tells about growing up with her iconic father, Joseph Heller , and the rest of her family, which could be by turns caring, infuriating, and exasperating, and anything but dull.
For knife people, reclaiming a keen edge on a dull blade is pure contentment.
The lustrous ray tissue reflects light and contrasts beautifully with the dull, red-colored wood it's woven into.
Printers, as we once knew them, are dull.
How to turn a dull and dreary lecture into a more interactive learning experience.
Lectures can be deadly dull, one-way communication train wrecks.
Three decades as a punk-rock icon has dulled Keith Morris' classic revenge-of-the-nerds wrath, but not much.
Agent marched him across Dulles Airport in Washington in handcuffs.
Dulles Airport is marking a major milestone.
Did you know that the medicine that's calming your anxiety or the one that's helping dull the pain from that toothache could be making you fat.
Dulles VA — In December of 2011, AvPORTS unveiled a specialized Air Service Development (ASD) Department.
" The menopausal woman was "the equivalent of a eunuch," "de-sexed," "shriveled," "a dull-minded but sharp tongued caricature of her former self," "one of the ...
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In science:

Dynamical evolutionary models, based on FokkerPlanck codes, have been constructed for a number of individual clusters by members of Cohn’s group (Grabhorn et al 1992, Dull et al 1997, Drukier 1995).
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
Applying the in-plane field dulls the central dip and decreases overall conductance.
Rippled Graphene in an In-Plane Magnetic Field: Effects of a Random Vector Potential
It does not matter how clever or subtle your consistent method is at “mining” empirical samples—in fact more sensitive and informative data-mining techniques will “leap” for the successive theories in the empirical approximation chain more quickly than dull, insensitive ones.
Causal Conclusions that Flip Repeatedly and Their Justification
However, a one-dimensional incompressible velocity field would be quite dull, so we are forced to choose some other form of mixing that retains certain traits of an incompressible flow.
A Simple Passive Scalar Advection-Diffusion Model
The present status can be characterized as follows: All six quark as well as lepton flavours have unambiguously been discovered now. A quite full SM profile is known about charm, the first predicted flavour,and it happens to be a bit on the dull side – a point I will return to later.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
With charm being the second member of a quark family its Standard Model weak phenomenology becomes quite predictable and a bit on the dull side as explained in more detail later.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Fiore et al. 2001; see also Maiolino, this volume), at one extreme, or dull galaxies (e.g.
The X-ray view of highly obscured AGN
RIA’s bring a lot Expressiveness to the user. His experience with an online application does not need to be dull. He wants to see smooth menu animations, drop shadows, vector graphics, and maps manipulation. Rich media content like audio and video and real time data pooling and messaging are common now inside RIA’s.
Adobe AIR, Bringing Rich Internet Applications to the Desktop
The logical status of risk-to burnish or to dull.
Informal Control code logic
The logical status of risk-to burnish or to dull.
Informal Control code logic
But what about artificial agents? If we use a society of dull agents, the abilities which may be required to perform well might be very different to those which are required if we introduce an agent into, e.g., a society of humans.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
In other words, the population of many agents, even dull agents, makes thing more difficult.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
Instead of the perhaps rather dull task of selecting a cut-off in a list of ordered hypotheses, the researcher can reject for follow-up analysis any set of hypotheses he or she regards as interesting, using all the information at hand.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari
However, as we have seen, the Dark Matter chapter is rather dull, and since the School was mainly devoted to Dark Matter, it is not surprising that we will go beyond un poquito.
Valencia 93: The Summary of Particle Theory
For example, in a flight arrival/departure application, the user might say “I said Dallas, not Dulles” to correct a misrecognition by the speech recognizer.
Towards a PURE Spoken Dialogue System for Information Access
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