dead·​en·​ing ˈded-niŋ How to pronounce deadening (audio)
: material used to soundproof walls or floors

Examples of deadening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet serious hurt that goes unacknowledged leads to the accumulation of resentment and a deadening of the relationship. Orna Guralnik, New York Times, 16 May 2023 Along with beefing up the sound deadening, the available engines and their mounts were tuned to limit noise and vibrations. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2023 Compared with its gasoline counterparts, the Electrified GV70 has a stiffer structure and additional sound deadening, both of which improve on what was an already serene cabin environment. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2023 The production car will have more sound deadening, plus some degree of artificial noise pumped through the speakers. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2022 The Performance models are also 18 pounds lighter thanks to Audi's deletion of some of the sound deadening, which is also meant to allow more engine sound to enter the cabin. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 28 Nov. 2022 The wider third row now seats three, upping the total passenger capacity to eight, and increased sound deadening has made the Pathfinder quieter to ride in. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 Its coherence is impressive, overwhelming—and deadening. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2022 The 2020 McLaren 620R is a cacophony of intake noise and dumped boost unmuffled by fripperies like sound-deadening or carpet. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'deadening.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deadening was circa 1874

Dictionary Entries Near deadening

Cite this Entry

“Deadening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!