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 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 But the deadening of buzz will reverberate in other ways, with potentially grave consequences. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 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, 27 June 2019 Gonzalo Thought, a deadening, pedantic reinterpretation of Marxism, would spread to acclaim and worldwide revolution. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, 24 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of deadening

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deadening was circa 1874

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“Deadening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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