deafening

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj deafening loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n deafening The act or process of rendering impervious to sound, as a floor or wall; also, the material with which the spaces are filled in this process; pugging; sound insulation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deafening In architecture, the pugging used to prevent the passage of sound through floors, partitions, and the like. Also called sound-boarding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deafening stuffing put into floors, partition-walls, &c. to prevent sounds from passing through
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáf; Dut. doof, Ger. taub.

Usage

In literature:

Confused and deafening as it was, there was something inspiring in it all.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
The noise of a single press is deafening.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
My ears have been deafened by the blare of his conch.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
It was welcomed by deafening huzzas from the crowd.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
With deafening shouts, and with the clang of arms, The host of Troy advanced.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
If the noise was bad before, it now became deafening.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
So I answered them in French, in a voice that thundered in my head, that the explosion had deafened me and I could not hear a word they said.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
The siren was sending up its deafening roar.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
He is a terrible talker, long-winded and deafening.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
They were received with deafening shouts from the excited throng.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 5" by Various
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In poetry:

Upon the "table-rock" I stand,
And gaze into the depths profound,
In Ecstasy at sights so grand,
And deafened by the sound
Of rushing waters, as they leap
Like maddened steeds, down hillside steep.
"Niagara's Rainbow" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Why, is the bristling bayonet
Upon the death charged rifle set?
Why does the deafening cannon's roar,
Reverberate from shore to shore?
And why (the question still is pressed),
Why is the nation sore distressed?
"Emancipation Of The Slaves" by James Madison Bell
There's music wheresoe'er we roam — 'T is heard in ocean's crested foam,
And in the billows' deafening roar,
Which madly burst upon the shore:
They sing of Heaven's eternal Lord,
Who calms their raging by his word.
"Ode To Music" by James Monroe Whitfield
When late I sang, sad was my voice;
Sad were the shows around me, with deafening noises of hatred, and
smoke of conflict;
In the midst of the armies, the Heroes, I stood,
Or pass'd with slow step through the wounded and dying.
"A Carol Of Harvest For 1867" by Walt Whitman
The effect on the two ships was tremendous to behold,
But the Frenchmen stuck to their guns with courage bold;
And the crash and din of artillery was deafening to the ear,
And the cries of the wounded men ware pitiful to hear.
"The Death of Captain Ward" by William Topaz McGonagall
Strength of a hundred men was there, resistess might and skill,
And only Riley Dooleyvitch to swing it at his will.
He played it up, he played it down, nigh deafened by its roar,
'Til suddenly he raised his eyes, and there stood Lew Lamore.
"The Ballad Of Touch-The-Button Nell" by Robert W Service

In news:

BARCELONA, Spain — Nearly 20 minutes into the latest clash between Spain's most popular football teams, Barcelona's 98,000-seat Camp Nou stadium erupted into a deafening roar.
Deafening silence in Norristown.
During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening .
The Deafening Silence of Citigroup's Chairman.
Post-embassy attack, Egyptian President Morsi's silence deafening (+video).
At first we thought we'd been deafened by Tyson Beckford's hotness at Y-3 Sunday night, but it turns out he's just soft-spoken.
I was on the front porch watching and the thunder of the hail hitting the roof was almost deafening.
The roar of the crowd was surprisingly deafening on Saturday evening when Styx frontman Tommy Shaw asked how many in attendance were seeing the group for the first time.
What patients endure, it turns out, borders occasionally on deafening.
The yammering about "Oscar gold" and Denzel Washington's potential three-peat will soon reach a deafening pitch, but such noise can only embarrass a fine character study like Flight, whose prevailing tone is a heavy, elemental melancholy.
The sound system at Barack Obama's post debate rally Thursday morning was just short of deafening.
The silence at the corner about this shameless attempt at a smear has been deafening.
The yammering about "Oscar gold" and Denzel Washington's potential three-peat soon will reach a deafening pitch, but such noise can only embarrass a fine character study like Flight, whose prevailing tone is melancholy.
The yammering about "Oscar gold" and Denzel Washington's potential three-peat will soon reach a deafening pitch, but such noise can only embarrass a fine character study such as Flight, whose prevailing tone is a heavy, elemental melancholy.
The silence has been deafening, the inactivity telling.
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