dead·​en·​ing | \ ˈded-niŋ How to pronounce deadening (audio) , -dᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of deadening

: material used to soundproof walls or floors

Examples of deadening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the deadening of buzz will reverberate in other ways, with potentially grave consequences. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Year Without Movie Buzz," 30 Oct. 2020 While front-wheel-drive isn't usually considered ideal for a sports car, the Integra handles beautifully and its engine sound — unmuted by the usual sound deadening materials applied to most road cars — is said to be fantastic. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "10 cars that could make great investments in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 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, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World—And Where to Find Them," 19 Sep. 2019 His formative years at Time and Life left a deadening, middlebrow mark on his style, blunting the edges of an otherwise singular perspective. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "How John Hersey Bore Witness," 27 June 2019 Gonzalo Thought, a deadening, pedantic reinterpretation of Marxism, would spread to acclaim and worldwide revolution. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of deadening

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Deadening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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