leaden


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lead·en

 (lĕd′n)
adj.
1. Made of or containing lead.
2.
a. Heavy and inert.
b. Listless; sluggish.
3. Lacking liveliness or sparkle; dull: a leaden conversation.
4. Downcast; depressed: leaden spirits.
5. Dull, dark gray in color: drizzle from a leaden sky.

lead′en·ly adv.
lead′en·ness n.

leaden

(ˈlɛdən)
adj
1. heavy and inert
2. laboured or sluggish: leaden steps.
3. gloomy, spiritless, or lifeless
4. (Chemistry) made partly or wholly of lead
5. of a dull greyish colour: a leaden sky.
ˈleadenly adv
ˈleadenness n

lead•en

(ˈlɛd n)
adj.
1. hard to lift or move: leaden feet.
2. dull, spiritless, or gloomy: leaden prose.
3. of a dull gray color: leaden skies.
4. oppressive: a leaden silence.
5. sluggish; listless: a leaden pace.
6. of poor quality or little value.
7. made or consisting of lead.
v.t.
8. to make sluggish.
[before 1000]
lead′en•ly, adv.
lead′en•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.leaden - darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"
2.leaden - made heavy or weighted down with wearinessleaden - made heavy or weighted down with weariness; "his leaden arms"; "weighted eyelids"
heavy - marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness; "a heavy heart"; "a heavy schedule"; "heavy news"; "a heavy silence"; "heavy eyelids"
3.leaden - made of lead; "a leaden weight"
4.leaden - (of movement) slow and laborious; "leaden steps"
effortful - requiring great physical effort
5.leaden - lacking lightness or liveliness; "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation"
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"

leaden

adjective
1. grey, dingy, overcast, sombre, lacklustre, dark grey, greyish, lustreless, louring or lowering The weather was bitterly cold, with leaden skies.
2. laboured, wooden, stiff, sluggish, plodding, stilted, humdrum a leaden English translation from the Latin
3. lifeless, dull, gloomy, dismal, dreary, languid, listless, spiritless the leaden boredom of the Victorian marriage
4. heavy, lead, crushing, oppressive, cumbersome, inert, onerous, burdensome The dull, leaden sickly feeling returned.

leaden

adjective
Lacking energy and vitality or showing such a lack:
Translations
بِلَوْن الرَّصاصمَصنوع من الرَّصاص
olověný
bly-blygråtung
ólomból való
blÿ-, úr blÿiblÿgrár
kurşun renklikurşundan yapılmış

leaden

[ˈledn] ADJ (= of lead) → de plomo, plúmbeo; (in colour) → plomizo (fig) [heart] → triste

leaden

[ˈlɛdən] adjde plomb, en plomb

leaden

adj
sky, colour, cloudsbleiern (geh); heart, limbs, stepsbleischwer; silencebedrückend
(pej) (= tedious) translation, dialogueschwerfällig; (= stodgy) foodsehr schwer
(old: = of lead) → bleiern (geh)

leaden

[ˈlɛdn] adj (colour, sky) → plumbeo/a (fig) (atmosphere) → teso/a; (silence) → opprimente
with a leaden heart → con la morte nel cuore

lead2

(led) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) an element, a soft, heavy, bluish-grey metal. lead pipes; Are these pipes made of lead or copper?
2. the part of a pencil that leaves a mark. The lead of my pencil has broken.
ˈleaden adjective
1. lead-coloured. leaden skies.
2. made of lead.
References in classic literature ?
The trousers were finished off with thick boots, weighted with heavy leaden soles.
Unable to make a sound, I gazed after the strangely desolate figure of that seaman carrying an oar on his shoulder up a barren, rock-strewn ravine under the dreary leaden sky of Tremolino's last day.
He evidently did not know that there was a leaden coffin, or at any rate, had not thought of it.
Dear was she to me as the birds that out in the old garden yonder sing and sing their best to lift up my leaden heart.
To punish me, he shut me up in this vase of copper, and he put on the leaden cover his seal, which is enchantment enough to prevent my coming out.
Esther recognised him at once; she had often seen him before, though with her huge indifference for all that lay outside the circle of her love, she had never so much as wondered who he was; but now she recognised him, and found him ten years older, leaden and springless, and stamped by an abiding sorrow.
In a twinkling, the priest was overthrown and a leaden knee rested on his breast.
It was followed by the swift flashes of the rifles, which sent their leaden messengers across the rock in volleys, as though the assailants would pour out their impotent fury on the insensible scene of the fatal contest.
But having some days previously seen from the top of the donjon Madame de Montbazon pass in her carriage, and still cherishing an affection for that beautiful woman, he did not wish to be to her what he wished to be to Mazarin, and in the hope of seeing her again, had asked for a leaden comb, which was allowed him.
The fact is that the leaden heart had snapped right in two.
Cold on the shore, in the raw cold of that leaden crisis in the four- and-twenty hours when the vital force of all the noblest and prettiest things that live is at its lowest, the three watchers looked each at the blank faces of the other two, and all at the blank face of Riderhood in his boat.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.