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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Other Words from numbing

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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The entire treatment, including an hour of numbing, takes about three hours. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 No tumors, and while my spine was not in great shape, it could not be blamed for the numbing in my feet. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 The effort to get more water under the bumpy two-lane black top, originally launched by Congress in 1989, has encapsulated all the numbing delays, doubts and disputes that have dogged the broader plans to restore the Everglades. Curtis Morgan, miamiherald, "A bridge to help heal the Everglades," 19 Mar. 2013 Laser tattoo removal can be painless, but that’s usually because practitioners can give you a numbing agent first. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Laser Tattoo Removal," 31 Oct. 2018 The statistics tracking climate change since 1988 are almost numbing. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018 This may increase over the next few hours as the numbing medication wears off. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Helpful Things to Know About Getting a Breast Biopsy Before It Happens," 27 June 2018 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

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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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