Deaf

Definition of Deaf

Pronunciation: dĕf or dēf; 277
a.1.Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man.
Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf.
- Shak.
2.Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; - with to; as, deaf to reason.
O, that men's ears should be
To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
- Shak.
3.Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.
Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight.
- Dryden.
4.Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened.
A deaf murmur through the squadron went.
- Dryden.
5.Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn.
If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds will be deaf, void, light, and naught.
- Holland.
v. t.1.To deafen.

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