• Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
    Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deflate become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air "The balloons deflated"
    • v deflate reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices "deflate the currency"
    • v deflate produce deflation in "The new measures deflated the economy"
    • v deflate reduce or lessen the size or importance of "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"
    • v deflate release contained air or gas from "deflate the air mattress"
    • v deflate collapse by releasing contained air or gas "deflate a balloon"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sitting next to a deflated ball A kitten sitting next to a deflated ball

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t deflate To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; as, to deflate a tire; to deflate expectations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deflate To remove the air from: the opposite of inflate.
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  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. de-, down + L. flare, flatus, to blow


In literature:

The valve at the nose of the sausage was releasing hydrogen, and the kite balloon dropped slowly as the envelope became deflated.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
The dome itself, when deflated, folded down into an oblong box three feet by one foot by one foot.
"The Risk Profession" by Donald Edwin Westlake
And Mwres sat with his pneumatic cap deflated and himself very visibly impressed.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
He dropped himself into the pneumochair, feeling the soggy squish of the deflated cushion, and loosened the jacket of his uniform.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
He seemed deflated when he finally spoke.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
Like a punctured ballon it deflated and became a shriveled, clinging thing.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Jon's space suit deflated.
"Acid Bath" by Vaseleos Garson
With a little cry, he ran toward the chest, moving awkwardly in the loose, deflated fabric of the Osprey suit.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
His suit deflated within my encircling grip.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
All of us can see M'Clare is doing a job of deflation on us for reasons of his own, but it works for all that.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell

In poetry:

Mighty things were done at Casey's; mighty bouts anticipated
Made the Sunday church-door topic for a month ahead at least;
On the cheerless Sundays after, with misguided hope deflated,
We explained away our failures as we waited for the priest.
"St Patricks Day" by John O Brien

In news:

It's deflated now, but a Ron Paul hot air balloon along the side of Interstate 85 caused traffic to slow down Thursday morning.
People work to deflate a hot air balloon that landed on Saturday in the front yard of a home on Winthrop Street in Rehoboth.
Be careful not to deflate the whipped egg whites.
I'll Have Another's Injury Leaves Track Deflated.
CRIMINAL DAMAGE, MANNING CIRCLE: A resident reported her car 's rear window had been smashed and the front tire deflated on Nov 30.
Kentucky not courting Petrino, USC fires deflater.
As of late Friday afternoon, the crater appeared to be entering a period of deflation, with tiltmeter readings late in the day showing a sharp deflation of the crater 's magma storage areas.
Shigeru Ono blogs about the virtues of a strong yen: cheap imports from deflation help retirees like him stretch pensions.
How exactly are these rentiers benefiting from deflation.
In the world of sports, an enthusiastic crowd can energize and inspire a team, and it can deflate and intimidate an opponent.
LONG BEACH — As news broke that the Supreme Court would take up the issue of gay marriage in California, there was confusion and some deflation in the gay community.
But a disturbing new book, The Measure of a Nation, by Howard Steven Friedman, deflates that notion.
Nearby was a deflated balloon decorated with the kinds of princesses that fill little girls ' dreams.
The district convened a grading committee to review the current grading policy due to concerns that grade deflation was occurring due to the "disproportional impact" that grades of 0-percent to 49-percent have on student's averages.
For the past year, Ruggiero, 46, is the sole person responsible for setting up and deflating the "union rat" balloons, one of which was set up outside MTA chief Jay Walder's house to protest layoffs.

In science:

GDP deflator represents inflation in the study.
Inflation as a function of labor force change rate: cointegration test for the USA
GDP deflator and CPI represent inflation in the study.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Measured time series in France: GDP deflator, CPI, unemployment, and labor force change rate – a); and their first differences – b).
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Measured and predicted GDP deflator - a), and their difference - b). The predicted time series is based on the measured labor force change rate and unemployment.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Cumulative curves for measured and predicted GDP deflator.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test