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numb

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adjective \ˈnəm\

Simple Definition of numb

  • : unable to feel anything in a particular part of your body because of cold, injury, etc.

  • : unable to think, feel, or react normally because of something that shocks or upsets you

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of numb

  1. 1 :  devoid of sensation especially as a result of cold or anesthesia

  2. 2 :  devoid of emotion :  indifferent

numb transitive verb
numbly play \ˈnəm-lē\ adverb
numbness noun

Examples of numb in a sentence

  1. The side of my face was still numb an hour after the surgery.

  2. I had a numb feeling in my toes.

  3. It was so cold that my fingers went numb.

  4. A stroke can cause one side of your body to go numb.

  5. Her son had died and she just felt numb.

  6. He stood there numb with fear.



Origin of numb

Middle English nomen, from past participle of nimen to take — more at nim


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with numb



NUMB Defined for Kids

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numb

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adjective \ˈnəm\

Definition of numb for Students

  1. 1 :  unable to feel anything especially because of cold <My toes are numb.>

  2. 2 :  unable to think, feel, or react normally (as because of great fear, surprise, or sadness) <For the first few days after she left, I felt numb … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>

numbly adverb <He nodded numbly.>
numbness noun



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Definition of numb for Students

numbednumbing

  1. :  to make or become unable to feel pain or touch <The cold numbed my face.>




Medical Dictionary

numb

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adjective \ˈnəm\

Medical Definition of numb

  1. :  devoid of sensation (as from the administration of anesthesia or exposure to cold

numb transitive verb <Arm or leg surgery, even total hip replacements, now can be performed with regional anesthesia, which numbs only the area being operated upon.—Marilyn Chase, The Wall Street Journal, 24 June 1996>




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