numb·ing | \ˈnə-miŋ \

Definition of numbing 

: tending or serving to make numb or spiritless losing by a numbing margin a numbing lecture

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numbingly adverb

Examples of numbing in a Sentence

an utterly numbing class in statistics the numbing air of that wintry morning

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After sitting through a week-and-a-half of evidence and testimony — ranging from dramatic re-enactments to numbing recitations of experts’ qualifications — the jury deliberated for about 3 ½ hours before reaching a verdict. Dan Hinkel,, "Conflicting answer in special interrogatory upends verdict to displeasure of jury foreman," 29 June 2018 Films by Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Matthew Heineman are among the most unflinching and disturbing portraits of a numbing and perilous terrain. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 The statistics tracking climate change since 1988 are almost numbing. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018 Enter the oasis of numbing nothingness that is Love Island, now in its fourth season on the UK channel ITV. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 The handmade Sichuan dumplings were lit with fragrantly numbing peppercorn heat. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 The statistics tracking climate change since 1988 are almost numbing. Seth Borenstein And Nicky Forster,, "Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'," 18 June 2018 The Food and Drug Administration warned parents on Wednesday about the dangers of using teething products that contain the popular numbing agent benzocaine. Abigail Abrams, Time, "FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children," 25 May 2018 These die-hards fear that the car, long a symbol of freedom and spontaneity, is becoming just another numbing high-tech appliance. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Yes, Cars Still Come With Stick—Here Are a Few New Favorites," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of numbing

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of numbing was in 1581

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