What does numb mean?

Definitions for numbnʌm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asleep(p), benumbed, numb(adj)

    lacking sensation

    "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold"

  2. dead(p), numb(p)(adj)

    (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive

    "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"

  3. numb(verb)

    so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified

    "too numb with fear to move"

  4. numb, benumb, blunt, dull(verb)

    make numb or insensitive

    "The shock numbed her senses"


  1. numb(Verb)

    To cause to become numb.

    The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.

  2. numb(Adjective)

    Without the power of sensation and motion or feeling; insensible.

  3. numb(Adjective)

    Who not able to react, surprised, shocked

  4. Origin: From the past participle of nim

Webster Dictionary

  1. Numb(adj)

    enfeebled in, or destitute of, the power of sensation and motion; rendered torpid; benumbed; insensible; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold

  2. Numb(adj)

    producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb, cold night

  3. Numb(verb)

    to make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy

  4. Origin: [OE. nume, nome, prop., seized, taken, p. p. of nimen to take, AS. niman, p. p. numen. 7. See Nimble, Nomad, and cf. Benumb.]


  1. Numb

    "Numb" is a song by rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1993 album Zooropa and was released in June 1993 as the album's first single. The song features a monotonous mantra of "don't" commands spoken by guitarist The Edge amidst a backdrop of various sound effects and samples. The noisy composition and lyrical concept for "Numb" were inspired by the theme of sensory overload, which had prominently been incorporated into the Zoo TV Tour. U2 lead vocalist Bono and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. provided backing vocals on the track. "Numb" originated as a discarded song from the Achtung Baby recording sessions called "Down All the Days." While recording Zooropa, the band transformed the song with mixing assistance from co-producer Flood, the addition of keyboards and samples by co-producer Brian Eno, and the addition of The Edge's monotone vocals. The song was released as a VHS single, featuring a music video directed by Kevin Godley, but it did not attain widespread commercial success. U2 added "Numb" to their live setlists after resuming their Zoo TV Tour in May 1993.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Numb

    num, adj. deprived of sensation or motion: powerless to feel or act: stupefied: motionless: (Shak.) causing numbness.—v.t. to make numb: to deaden: to render motionless:—pr.p. numbing (num′ing); pa.p. numbed (numd).—adj. Numb′-cold (Shak.), numbed with cold: causing numbness.—n. Numb′ness, state of being numb: condition of living body in which it has lost the power of feeling: torpor. [A.S. numen, pa.p. of niman, to take; so Ice. numinn, bereft.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of numb in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of numb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Broadus:

    Another black kid gone, no big deal. Another black kid in jail, no big deal, we've become numb.

  2. Darla Meredith:

    You just feel numb to those moments raising a special needs child, you first feel the need to protect and then to overprotect.

  3. Graca Machel:

    When he left he said, 'I leave you in peace and I want you to live in peace,' on the day of his passing I was not able to think, I was numb.

  4. Dorothy Gilman:

    If something anticipated arrives too late it finds us numb, wrung out from waiting, and we feel - nothing at all. The best things arrive on time.

  5. Michiko Kiyo-oka:

    When I crawled out I was so cold, so I was warming myself near one of the piles that was still smoldering. I could see an arm. I could see nostrils. But I was numb to that by then, the smell is one that will never leave me.

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