• WordNet 3.6
    • adj numb so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified "too numb with fear to move"
    • adj numb lacking sensation "my foot is asleep","numb with cold"
    • adj numb (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive "passersby were dead to our plea for help","numb to the cries for mercy"
    • v numb make numb or insensitive "The shock numbed her senses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Numb Enfeebled in, or destitute of, the power of sensation and motion; rendered torpid; benumbed; insensible; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold. "A stony image, cold and numb ."
    • Numb Producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb, cold night.
    • v. t Numb To make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy. "For lazy winter numbs the laboring hand.""Like dull narcotics, numbing pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • numb Taken; seized.
    • numb Deprived of the power of sensation, as from a stoppage of the circulation; torpid; hence, stupefied; powerless to feel or act: as, fingers numb with cold; numb senses.
    • numb Producing numbness; benumbing.
    • numb Synonyms Benumbed, deadened, paralyzed, insensible.
    • numb To deprive of the power of sensation; dull tho sense of feeling in; benumb; render torpid.
    • numb To render dull; deaden; stupefy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Numb num deprived of sensation or motion: powerless to feel or act: stupefied: motionless:
    • v.t Numb to make numb: to deaden: to render motionless:—pr.p. numbing (num′ing); pa.p. numbed (numd)
    • adj Numb num (Shak.) causing numbness
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    “Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb.”
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    “Practice, practice, practice until you eventually get numb on rejections.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nume, nome, prop., seized, taken, p. p. of nimen, to take, AS. niman, p. p. numen,. √7. See Nimble Nomad, and cf. Benumb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. numen, pa.p. of niman, to take; so Ice. numinn, bereft.


In literature:

He was dazed and numbed, as if he had received a blow.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
He was numb with fear.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Almost numb with terror, he gazed stupidly into the receding jungle.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
She scrambled up again, her left knee half numb, and turned to retrieve it.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
That crazy dash down the cliff had frightened him into speechless and numb passivity.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
I fought a numbing desire to faint as I pressed the lock control; three, five, two, five ...
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
He held his numbed fingers over the flame of the candle to warm them before he extinguished it.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
What is the creed of the Agnostic, but the confession of the spiritual numbness of humanity?
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
He pushed away frantically, but too late to miss a numbing blow as one hoof grazed his shoulder.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
The numbness of that dead youth was still oppressing her heart and brain.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
His numbed brain groped dully as his hands traveled up and down its smooth length.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
At once the shuddering dread which had attended his recent visits to the secret recess returned with numbing chills and sinking spirit.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
There was no pain, only a local numbness.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
While Sprudell stamped around trying to get feeling into his numb feet and making his preparations to leave, Uncle Bill lay still.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
We were pushing ourselves on, but our feet were so numb it was almost impossible to walk.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
I breathed and my very limbs felt numb.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I have come out of my numb condition and sense it all.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He tried to push back the weakness that numbed his body.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
It was torture and at last he became numb and hopeless.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
On getting up, he looked uneasy and said his arms wore numb.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various

In poetry:

They scorn to seek our golden toys,
But spend the day and share the night
In numb'ring o'er the richer joys
That heav'n prepares for their delight.
"Hymn 57" by Isaac Watts
The maiden, with her lips, in fancy, pressed
Against the brow once dewy with her breath,
Now lying numb, unknown, and uncaressed
Save by the dews of death.
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley
Come and come forth and come up from the cup of
Your dumbness, stunned and numb, come with
The statues and believed in,
Thinking this is nothing, deceived.
"Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn" by Delmore Schwartz
Of stricken Mothers blinded with their pain;
Weeping for those they ne'er will see again;
Their hearts are numb beneath calamity-
No hope is left them, only memory.
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets
"But deep despair has arm'd my timid soul,
And agony has numb'd the throb of fear;
Taught a weak heart its terrors to controul,
And more to court than shun the danger near.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
A numbness my brain is o'ertaking...
To sleep for a moment I drop:
Then start!... In the east light is breaking!--
I drag myself, ailing and aching,
Again to the gloom of the shop.
"From Dawn To Dawn" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

As I sit in the refuge's rock blind in the icy predawn, my fingers, left uncovered to operate my photo equipment, shift between pain and numbness.
The Butt-Numb-a-Thon 14 Lineup .
Usher (Ursher) tore it up this year at the American Music Awards performing his hits "Numb", "Climax", and "Can't Stop Won't Stop.
The back problem that left Davey Johnson's left leg numb and forced him from Wednesday's regular-season finale is improving.
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INTERVIEWS Usher Goes 'Numb' to Onstage Illness in Motivational EDM-Pop Video.
Oregon shooter seemed ' numb ' in recent weeks.
Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder get 'Comfortably Numb ' for Sandy relief.
At the "12-12-12" Sandy benefit concert, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joins Roger Waters to perform the Pink Floyd hit "Comfortably Numb .".
Numb Bar & Frozen Cocktails.
The Butt- Numb -a-Thon 14 Lineup.
Numb or hopeful, families endure post-Sandy recovery: 'We just take it day by day'.
TCU celebrates, Texas fans numb after Thanksgiving upset.
Usher's ' Numb ' Video.
Usher's New Single ' Numb '.

In science:

Our previous analysis (Kov ´aˇr et al., 2010) revealed a numb er of distinct types of possible topological structures of the effective potential.
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
The bottom panel represents the distribution of metallicities for all Sgr members from the four trailing-tail fields, normalized by the total numbe r of stars (147) in the sample to produce a fractional distribution.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
We have modi fied the A statistic in order to avoid this design flaw by choosing to normalise the statistic by the numb er of data points rather than by the χ2 .
The unusually large population of Blazhko variables in the globular cluster NGC 5024 (M53)
Integrals over functions with an unbounded or in finite numbe r of variables are important in physics, quantum chemistry or in quantitative fin ance, see, e.g., [8, 25] and the references therein.
Lower Error Bounds for Randomized Multilevel and Changing Dimension Algorithms
The time this takes goes up linearly with N : on average you will have to try [N (N + 1)/2 − 1]/N ≈ N/2 different names before you find the one with the desired numbe r.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
The Scott complexity of a freely indecomposable limit group is the following lexicographically ordered quantity: sc(G):= (ca (G), cg (G), cb (G), κN (G), cq (G), c#r (G), −ve (G), −cv (G)) Note that sc takes only boundedly many values for a given first betti numbe r.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
Derivations extend easily to bottom-k(b) sketches (with different sizes for different assignments) and to colocated data sketches with fixed numbe r of distinct keys.
Coordinated Weighted Sampling for Estimating Aggregates Over Multiple Weight Assignments
The lower-right models (class D) correspond to models in which there may exist an infinite numb er of new degrees of freedom, such as in some class of braneworld scenarios.
Fundamental constants and tests of general relativity - Theoretical and cosmological considerations
Gauss sums are one o f the mo s t impo r tan t and fundamental objects and too ls in numbe r theo ry an d arithmetical geometry.
A note on the sign (unit root) ambiguities of Gauss sums in index 2 and 4 cases
The exp l ic i t evaluation o f Gauss sums is a very impo r tan t bu t very difficult problem. L e t p be a pr ime number, and let N (:? 2) be a na tura l numbe r such tha t (N , p) ~ 1.
A note on the sign (unit root) ambiguities of Gauss sums in index 2 and 4 cases
Since the numbe r of particles is conserved by the microscopic dynamics for each N ∈ N, the subspaces XL,N = (cid:8)η ∈ XL : SL (η) = N (cid:9) where SL (η) = Xx∈ΛL are invariant.
Zero Range Condensation at Criticality
Mn¨ev’s Universality Theorem was originally proved by Mn¨ev in a context of oriented matroids and their representations over the ordered field of real numb ers.
Notes on Feynman Integrals and Renormalization
However this fiducial norm alization can be subsumed in our optical depth normalization (see § 3) and is not relevant when presenting results at a fixed numbe r density of absorbers.
The distribution of Lyman-limit absorption systems during and after reionization
The magnitude of charge fluctuations should reflect the numbe be different for QGP and hadron gas.
ALICE soft physics summary
From the signal-to-noise ratio (4.55, page 75) we see that individual isothermal haloes with a velocity dispersion in excess of ∼ 600 km s−1 can be detected at a high signi ficance level with the currently achievable numb er densities of faint galaxy images.
Weak Gravitational Lensing