What does dead mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dead.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dead(noun)

    people who are no longer living

    "they buried the dead"

  2. dead(adj)

    a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense

    "the dead of winter"

  3. dead(adj)

    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

    "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

  4. dead(adj)

    not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat

    "Mars is a dead planet"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"

  5. all in(p), beat(p), bushed(p), dead(p)(adj)

    very tired

    "was all in at the end of the day"; "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; "bushed after all that exercise"; "I'm dead after that long trip"

  6. dead(adj)

    unerringly accurate

    "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"

  7. dead(adj)

    physically inactive

    "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"

  8. 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"

  9. dead, deadened(adj)

    devoid of physical sensation; numb

    "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"

  10. dead(adj)

    lacking acoustic resonance

    "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"

  11. dead, idle(adj)

    not yielding a return

    "dead capital"; "idle funds"

  12. dead(a), stagnant(adj)

    not circulating or flowing

    "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"

  13. dead(adj)

    not surviving in active use

    "Latin is a dead language"

  14. dead(adj)

    lacking resilience or bounce

    "a dead tennis ball"

  15. dead(adj)

    out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown

    "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"

  16. dead(adj)

    no longer having force or relevance

    "a dead issue"

  17. dead(a), utter(adj)


    "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"

  18. dead, drained(adj)

    drained of electric charge; discharged

    "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"

  19. dead(adverb)

    devoid of activity

    "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"

  20. abruptly, suddenly, short, dead(adverb)

    quickly and without warning

    "he stopped suddenly"

  21. absolutely, perfectly, utterly, dead(adverb)

    completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

    "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"


  1. dead(Noun)

    Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.

    The dead of night. The dead of winter.

  2. dead(Noun)

    Those who have died.

    Have respect for the dead.

  3. dead(Verb)

    to prevent by disabling; stop

  4. dead(Adverb)

    Exactly right.

    He hit the target dead in the centre.

  5. dead(Adverb)

    Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.

  6. dead(Adjective)

    No longer living.

    dead stop; dead sleep; dead giveaway; dead silence

  7. dead(Adjective)

    Full and complete.

    dead stop; dead sleep; dead giveaway; dead silence

  8. dead(Adjective)


    dead center; dead aim; a dead eye; a dead level

  9. dead(Adjective)

    Figuratively, not alive; lacking life

    dead center; dead aim; a dead eye; a dead level

  10. dead(Adjective)

    So hated that they are absolutely ignored.

    He is dead to me.

  11. dead(Adjective)

    Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).

    He is dead to me.

  12. dead(Adjective)

    (Certain to be) in big trouble.

    She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.

  13. dead(Adjective)

    Without emotion.

    She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.

  14. dead(Adjective)

    Stationary; static.

    the dead load on the floor; a dead lift.

  15. dead(Adjective)

    Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.

    dead air; a dead glass of soda.

  16. dead(Adjective)


    dead time; dead fields; also in compounds.

  17. dead(Adjective)

    Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.

  18. dead(Adjective)

    Broken or inoperable.

    That monitor is dead; don't bother hooking it up.

  19. dead(Adjective)

    No longer used or required.

  20. dead(Adjective)

    Not in play.

    Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead.

  21. Origin: From ded, deed, from dead

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dead(adj)

    deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man

  2. Dead(adj)

    destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter

  3. Dead(adj)

    resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep

  4. Dead(adj)

    still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight

  5. Dead(adj)

    so constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor

  6. Dead(adj)

    unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade

  7. Dead(adj)

    lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc

  8. Dead(adj)

    monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall

  9. Dead(adj)

    sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty

  10. Dead(adj)

    bringing death; deadly

  11. Dead(adj)

    wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works

  12. Dead(adj)

    flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect

  13. Dead(adj)

    not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson

  14. Dead(adj)

    cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead

  15. Dead(adj)

    not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle

  16. Dead(adverb)

    to a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly

  17. Dead(noun)

    the most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter

  18. Dead(noun)

    one who is dead; -- commonly used collectively

  19. Dead(verb)

    to make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor

  20. Dead(verb)

    to die; to lose life or force


  1. Dead

    Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He also performed as vocalist of the Swedish death metal band Morbid on their demo December Moon. Roadrunner Records ranked him No. 48 out of 50 of The Greatest Metal Front-Men of All Time.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. dead

    1. Non-functional; down; crashed. Especially used of hardware. 2. At XEROX PARC, software that is working but not undergoing continued development and support. 3. Useless; inaccessible. Antonym: live. Compare dead code.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DEAD

    Without life. See Boston. DEADER Pompeii. DEADEST Philadelphia.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #866

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dead' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1169

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dead' in Adjectives Frequency: #99

Anagrams for dead »

  1. adde, Dade, Edda

How to say dead in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dead in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dead in a Sentence

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 108:

    God is dead.

  2. Kyrie Irving:

    HAHA Man i'm dead

  3. Phil Davis:

    Some of whom are dead.

  4. John Clarke:

    I thought she was dead.

  5. Douglas Athas:

    I believe they are dead.

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