AskDefine | Define numb

Dictionary Definition

numb adj
1 lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold" [syn: asleep(p), benumbed]
2 (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy" [syn: dead(p), numb(p)]
3 so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; "petrified with fear"; "she was petrified by the eerie sound"; "too numb with fear to move" [syn: petrified] v : make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" [syn: benumb, blunt, dull]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From the past participle of nim

Adjective

  1. without the power of sensation and motion or feeling, insensible

Translations

Verb

  1. To cause to become numb.
    The dentist gave me novacaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.

Extensive Definition

Numb may refer to:

See also

numb in Dutch: Numb
numb in Polish: Numb
numb in Vietnamese: Numb (định hướng)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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