- deaf ► ADJECTIVE 1) without the faculty of hearing or having impaired hearing. 2) (deaf to) unwilling to listen or respond to.● fall on deaf ears — Cf. ↑fall on deaf ears● turn a deaf ear — Cf. ↑turn a deaf earDERIVATIVES deafness noun.ORIGIN Old English.
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Deafness — Deaf ness, n. 1. Incapacity of perceiving sounds; the state of the organs which prevents the impression which constitute hearing; want of the sense of hearing. [1913 Webster] 2. Unwillingness to hear; voluntary rejection of what is addressed to… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
deafness — late 14c., from DEAF (Cf. deaf) + NESS (Cf. ness) … Etymology dictionary
deafness — See deafly. * * * Partial or total inability to hear. In conduction deafness, the passage of sound vibrations through the ear is interrupted. The obstacle may be earwax, a ruptured eardrum, or stapes fixation, which prevents the stapes bone from… … Universalium
Deafness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Deafness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 deafness deafness hardness of hearing surdity| Sgm: N 1 inaudibility inaudibility inaudibleness PARAG:Deafness >V GRP: V 1 Sgm: V 1 be deaf be deaf &c. >Adj … English dictionary for students
deafness — General term for inability to hear. central d. d. due to disorder of the auditory system of the brainstem or cerebral cortex. cortical d. d. resulting from bilateral lesions of the primary receptive … Medical dictionary
deafness — n. partial or total loss of hearing in one or both ears. Conductive deafness is due to a defect in the conduction of sound from the external ear to the inner ear. This may be due to perforations of the eardrum, fluid or infection in the middle… … The new mediacal dictionary
deafness — n. acquired; congenital deafness * * * [ defnɪs] congenital deafness acquired … Combinatory dictionary
deafness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of ability to hear Nouns 1. deafness, hardness of hearing, hearing impairment, hearing loss, loss of hearing, surdity; deaf mutism. 2. (communication with deaf) lip reading, deaf and dumb alphabet,… … English dictionary for students
deafness — noun partial or complete loss of hearing • Syn: ↑hearing loss • Derivationally related forms: ↑deaf • Hypernyms: ↑hearing impairment, ↑hearing disorder • Hyponyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
deafness — noun see deaf … New Collegiate Dictionary