1. Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
    The dead of night. The dead of winter.
  2. Those who have died.
    Have respect for the dead.


  1. Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
  2. To prevent by disabling; stop.
  3. To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
  4. To kill.


  1. No longer living.
    All of my grandparents are dead.
  2. Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
  3. So hated that they are absolutely ignored.
    He is dead to me.
  4. Without emotion.
    She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
  5. Stationary; static.
    the dead load on the floor; a dead lift.
  6. Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.
    dead air; a dead glass of soda.
  7. Unproductive.
    dead time; dead fields; also in compounds.
  8. Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.
    OK, the circuit's dead. Go ahead and cut the wire.
    Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
  9. Broken or inoperable.
    That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up.
  10. No longer used or required.
    There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
    Is this beer glass dead?
  11. Not in play.
    Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead.
  12. Tagged out.
  13. Full and complete.
    dead stop; dead sleep; dead giveaway; dead silence
  14. Exact.
    dead center; dead aim; a dead eye; a dead level
  15. Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).
    After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.
  16. (Certain to be) in big trouble.
    "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead, mister!"
  17. Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless.
    a dead floor
  18. Bringing death; deadly.
  19. Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property.
    A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead.
  20. Not imparting motion or power.
    the dead spindle of a lathe


  1. Exactly right.
    He hit the target dead in the centre.
  2. Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.
    She’s dead sexy.
    He’s dead stupid.
    That’s dead sure!

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