deafen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deafen make soundproof "deafen a room"
    • v deafen make or render deaf "a deafening noise"
    • v deafen be unbearably loud "a deafening noise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deafen To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly. "Deafened and stunned with their promiscuous cries."
    • Deafen (Arch) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar, by lining with paper, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deafen To make deaf; deprive of the power of hearing.
    • deafen To stun; render incapable of perceiving or discriminating sounds distinctly: as, to be deafened with clamor or tumult.
    • deafen In architecture, to render impervious to sound (as a door or a partition) by means of sound-boarding or pugging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deafen to make deaf, partly or altogether: to stun: to render impervious to sound
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Quotations

  • George Barzan
    George Barzan
    “If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.”
  • William Dean Howells
    William Dean Howells
    “It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Deaf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáf; Dut. doof, Ger. taub.

Usage

In literature:

Its music was more deafening than that of the other.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
How we cheered at the first faint sound which was to become so deafening, so terrible to us later!
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
When Roma entered this room she was deafened by a roar of voices.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The volume of sound was deafening.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
There the noise is deafening: sledge hammers and mallets hammer and beat, for the shops of the bazaar are workshops as well.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
There was an explosion, a deafening blast.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The hissing, agonized electrical scream from it as it burst through the Wandl atmosphere was deafening.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Another followed, and another, a broadside of deafening reports.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The last words of Trimble rang in his ears, and deafened him to all beside.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
On either side we could hear the deafening thunder of the surf as it dashed over the rocks.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
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In poetry:

Deafened with tumults,
How canst thou hearken?
Strident is faction,
Demos is loud.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Sin is with man at morning break,
And through the livelong day
Deafens the ear that fain would wake
To Nature's simple lay.
"Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
For sometimes when no passing breeze
The long lank sedges waved,
All white with foam and heaving high
Its deafening billows raved;
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
To give your all-this is creation,
And not-to deafen and eclipse.
How shameful, when you have no meaning,
To be on everybody's lips!
"It is not seemly to be famous..." by Boris Pasternak
In brown outlandish arms to ride,
And shout my love to every star
With lungs to make a poor maid's name
Deafen the iron ears of war.
"'Vulgarised'" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Their tartans they were waving wide,
Their glaives were glancing clear,
The pibrochs rung frae side to side,
Would deafen ye to hear.
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

The silence at Beaver Stadium was deafening Saturday.
To one Brooklyn neighborhood, the D train now stands for deafening.
You can hear it from blocks away: The deafening beat of Pogrom, Golden Dawn's favorite band, blasting out of huge speakers by a makeshift stage.
ALBANY — Eli Manning doesn't look over his shoulder and see Tim Tebow, or have to hear the deafening sounds of Tebowmania follow him everywhere.
Hoboken just dodged a second Sandy, but so far the silence is deafening.
PARIS – The silence has been deafening.
The rain in the wee hours of Monday morning was deafening on the roof.
Hearing loss drug, it decided to enlist partygoers deafened by firecrackers on.
Olympic tennis became deafening Sunday.
What ticks me off is the ignorant people who drive through our neighborhood in oversized, overpowered trucks and even automobiles that make a deafening noise.
Lately, the sound of galloping hooves and rustling white sheets has risen in a deafening squall from the Capitol.
Take a trip round the websites of the principal manufacturers of conventional label presses in continental Europe and you will experience a deafening silence on the subject of new presses sold since the start of 2009.
NEW ORLEANS – With kickoff about 5 minutes away, the noise in the Superdome is already deafening.
They had to find a way to quiet the deafening noise created by the wrinkling of two completely different bags sealed together—the razor-thin bag that protects the food on the inside and the bag on the outside that carries the labeling.
Surging stream of praise pouring over Argos' Ray a deafening din.
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