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 ?
Is there no difference, Hawkeye, between the stone-headed arrow of the warrior, and the leaden bullet with which you kill?
A party of leaden dragoons were galloping along one of the shelves, in equipments and uniform of modern cut; and there were some sugar figures, with no strong resemblance to the humanity of any epoch, but less unsatisfactorily representing our own fashions than those of a hundred years ago.
But, under the leaden infliction which it was her doom to endure, she felt, at moments, as if she must needs shriek out with the full power of her lungs, and cast herself from the scaffold down upon the ground, or else go mad at once.
He still said it was "all right," but there was such a leaden dread at his heart that the words had lost their ring and sounded just as if he had said, "All is lost
When I awoke, the recollection that Uriah was lying in the next room, sat heavy on me like a waking nightmare; and oppressed me with a leaden dread, as if I had had some meaner quality of devil for a lodger.
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.
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.
My pictures stick in the mind longer than your scratchy etchings, or the leaden things in which you fancy you see tender harmonies in gray.
The sea breeze, as though it had the sooner blown itself out by its unusual violence, was already at an end; it had been succeeded by light, variable airs from the south and south-east, carrying great banks of fog; and the anchorage, under lee of Skeleton Island, lay still and leaden as when first we entered it.
She called Raoul to come quite close to her and they walked side by side along the zinc streets, in the leaden avenues; they looked at their twin shapes in the huge tanks, full of stagnant water, where, in the hot weather, the little boys of the ballet, a score or so, learn to swim and dive.
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.
By 1896 there were two hundred thousand miles of wire snugly wrapped in paper and lying in leaden caskets beneath the streets of the cities, and to-day there are six million miles of it owned by the affiliated Bell companies.