deadening

noun
dead·​en·​ing

Definition of deadening 

: material used to soundproof walls or floors

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The deadening of Yankees-Red Sox allowed other flowers to bloom. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Uh-Oh. The Yankees and Red Sox Hate Each Other Again," 12 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, powertrain drone and road noise have been addressed by numerous new sound-deadening and cabin-insulating measures. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: iM Just a Corolla Now," 23 Mar. 2018 Watch the whole thing below, and keep watch for the slow deadening of his eyes throughout the segment. Tom Philip, GQ, "Watch Jordan Klepper Eat Donald Trump's Entire McDonald's Order," 8 Dec. 2017 The deadening, coercive nature of this kind of thinking is disturbing. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "There’s No Virtue in Joining an Angry Mob," 19 Oct. 2017 Assimilating to adult reality in the corrupt world of Elsinore is a deadening process. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "An actor transcends age: John Douglas Thompson melts away the years to play Hamlet at A.C.T.," 3 Oct. 2017 This is a traumatic model of black history whose hallmark is a deadening, Oedipal regularity. Ismail Muhammad, Slate Magazine, "How critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.," 15 Feb. 2017 The tetrodotoxin is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than that of cyanide, and can cause deadening of the tongue and lips, dizziness, vomiting, arrhythmia, difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis and, if left untreated, death. Daniel Jameson, CNT, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World," 10 July 2017 That means additional sound deadening, a different carpet, and a thicker cargo cover compared with its Opel sibling. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2018 Buick Regal TourX Dissected: Exterior, Chassis, Powertrain, and More!," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of deadening

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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