After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.
Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless.
(obsolete) Bringing death; deadly.
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(law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property.
(rare, especially religion, often with "to") Indifferent to, no longer subject to or ruled by (sin, guilt, pleasure, etc).
1839, William Jenks, The Comprehensive Commentary on the Holy Bible: Acts-Revelation, page 361:
He was dead to the law. Whatever account others might make of it, yet, for his part, he was dead to it. […] But though he was thus dead to the law, yet he […] was far from thinking himself discharged from his duty to God' on the contrary, he was dead to the law, that he might live unto God.
1849, Robert Haldane, Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, page 255:
But he died to the guilt of sin—to the guilt of his people's sins which he had taken upon him; and they, dying with him, as is above declared, die to sin precisely in the same sense in which he died to it. […] He was not justified from it till his resurrection, but from that moment he was dead to it. When he shall appear the second time, it will be "without sin."
In Middle and Early Modern English, the phrase is dead was more common where the present perfect form has died is common today. Example:
1611, King James Bible
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Gal. 2:21)
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dead (not comparable)
(degree, informal, colloquial) Exactly.
dead right; dead level; dead flat; dead straight; dead left
dead wrong; dead set; dead serious; dead drunk; dead broke; dead earnest; dead certain; dead slow; dead sure; dead simple; dead honest; dead accurate; dead easy; dead scared; dead solid; dead black; dead white; dead empty
Suddenly and completely.
He stopped dead.
(informal) As if dead.
dead tired; dead quiet; dead asleep; dead pale; dead cold; dead still
I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy.
(often with "the") Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
The dead of night.The dead of winter.
deadpl (plural only)
(with "the", a demonstrative, or a possessive) Those who have died.
Have respect for the dead.
The villagers are mourning their dead.
The dead are always with us, in our hearts.
(Britain)(usually in the plural) Sterile mining waste, often present as many large rocks stacked inside the workings.
(those who have died): deceased
dead (third-person singular simple presentdeads, present participledeading, simple past and past participledeaded)
(transitive) To prevent by disabling; stop.
1826, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich, collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth.
“What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency dead him in spiritual works”
(transitive) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
(Britain, transitive, slang) To kill.
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Dade, Edda, adde, dade
(slang, anglicism) to succeed (in doing something well, "killing it")
The verb is left unconjugated: il dead, il a dead. Usage is limited to the present, as well as an infinitive or a past participle.
From Proto-West Germanic*daud.
Cognate with Old Frisiandād (West Frisiandead), Old Saxondōd, Dutchdood, Old High Germantōt (Germantot), Old Norsedauðr (Swedishdöd), Gothic𐌳𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃(dauþs).
Middle English: ded, deed
Scots: dede, deed, deid
Borrowed from Englishdead or death (with the "th" changed to "d").