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numb

 (nŭm)
adj. numb·er, numb·est
1. Deprived of the power to feel or move normally; benumbed: toes numb with cold; too numb with fear to cry out.
2. Emotionally unresponsive; indifferent: numb to yet another appeal.
tr. & intr.v. numbed, numb·ing, numbs
To make or become numb.

[Middle English nome, variant of nomin, past participle of nimen, to seize, from Old English niman; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

numb′ly adv.
numb′ness n.
Word History: Old English had a number of strong verbs (often loosely called "irregular" verbs) that did not survive into Modern English. One such was the verb niman, "to take," later replaced by take, a borrowing from Old Norse. The verb had a past tense nam and a past participle numen; if the verb had survived, it would likely have become nim, nam, num, like swim, swam, swum. Although we do not have the verb as such anymore, its past participle is alive and well, now spelled numb, literally "taken, seized," as by cold or grief. (The older spelling without the b is still seen in the compound numskull.) The verb also lives on indirectly in the word nimble, which used to mean "quick to take," and then later "light, quick on one's feet."

numb

(nʌm)
adj
1. deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
2. unable to move; paralysed
3. characteristic of or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
vb (tr)
to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse
[C15: nomen, literally: taken (with paralysis), from Old English niman to take; related to Old Norse nema, Old High German niman]
ˈnumbly adv
ˈnumbness n

numb

(nʌm)

adj. numb•er, numb•est,
v. adj.
1. deprived of sensation, as by anesthesia: fingers numb with cold.
2. incapable of feeling emotion.
v.t.
3. to make numb.
[1400–50; late Middle English nome literally, taken, seized, variant of nomen, numen, Old English numen, past participle of niman to take; see nim]
numb′ly, adv.
numb′ness, n.

numb


Past participle: numbed
Gerund: numbing

Imperative
numb
numb
Present
I numb
you numb
he/she/it numbs
we numb
you numb
they numb
Preterite
I numbed
you numbed
he/she/it numbed
we numbed
you numbed
they numbed
Present Continuous
I am numbing
you are numbing
he/she/it is numbing
we are numbing
you are numbing
they are numbing
Present Perfect
I have numbed
you have numbed
he/she/it has numbed
we have numbed
you have numbed
they have numbed
Past Continuous
I was numbing
you were numbing
he/she/it was numbing
we were numbing
you were numbing
they were numbing
Past Perfect
I had numbed
you had numbed
he/she/it had numbed
we had numbed
you had numbed
they had numbed
Future
I will numb
you will numb
he/she/it will numb
we will numb
you will numb
they will numb
Future Perfect
I will have numbed
you will have numbed
he/she/it will have numbed
we will have numbed
you will have numbed
they will have numbed
Future Continuous
I will be numbing
you will be numbing
he/she/it will be numbing
we will be numbing
you will be numbing
they will be numbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been numbing
you have been numbing
he/she/it has been numbing
we have been numbing
you have been numbing
they have been numbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been numbing
you will have been numbing
he/she/it will have been numbing
we will have been numbing
you will have been numbing
they will have been numbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been numbing
you had been numbing
he/she/it had been numbing
we had been numbing
you had been numbing
they had been numbing
Conditional
I would numb
you would numb
he/she/it would numb
we would numb
you would numb
they would numb
Past Conditional
I would have numbed
you would have numbed
he/she/it would have numbed
we would have numbed
you would have numbed
they would have numbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.numb - make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
desensitise, desensitize - cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized"
Adj.1.numb - lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold"
insensible - incapable of physical sensation; "insensible to pain"; "insensible earth"
2.numb - (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"
insensitive - deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients"
3.numb - so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified; "too numb with fear to move"
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"

numb

adjective
1. unfeeling, dead, frozen, paralysed, insensitive, deadened, immobilized, torpid, insensible, benumbed His legs felt numb and his toes ached.
unfeeling feeling, sensitive, responsive
2. stupefied, deadened, unfeeling, insensible The mother, numb with grief, had trouble speaking.
verb
1. stun, knock out, paralyse, daze, stupefy For a while the shock of his letter numbed her.
2. deaden, freeze, dull, paralyse, immobilize, benumb The cold numbed my fingers.

numb

adjective
1. Lacking physical feeling or sensitivity:
2. Lacking responsiveness or alertness:
verb
1. To render less sensitive:
2. To render helpless, as by emotion:
Translations
حَدِر، فاقِد الحِسخَدِرٌيُخَدِّر، يُفْقِدُ الحِس
ochromenýochromitzkřehlýznecitlivětztuhlý
følelsesløsgøre følelsesløs
بیحس
tunnoton
umrtvljen
zsibbadtdermedteltompultelzsibbasztkábult
dofinn, tilfinningalausdofna
感覚のない
저린
nustėręsstingdytisustingdytisustiręssustirimas
nejutīgsnotirpisstindzināt
dormenteentorpecido
amorţit
ochromenýskrehnutýznecitlivieť
odrevenelotrpel
domnad
ชา
hissizleşmişhissizleştirmekuyşukuyuşmuşuyuşturmak

numb

[nʌm]
A. ADJ
1. (with cold) → entumecido
my legs feel numb (from bad circulation etc) → se me han dormido las piernas
my fingers have gone numb (gen) → se me han dormido los dedos; (with cold) → se me han entumecido los dedos
my feet were numb with coldtenía los pies entumecidos de frío
2. (fig) (with fear, shock) → paralizado
to be numb with frightestar paralizado de miedo
when I heard about the accident I just felt numbcuando me enteré del accidente me quedé atontado or sin poder reaccionar
B. VT
1. (= deaden) (with injection) → adormecer
the cold wind numbed my faceel viento frío me dejó la cara entumecida
alcohol was the only thing that numbed the pain (fig) → el alcohol era la única cosa que aplacaba el dolor
repeated images of violence have numbed people to the reality of warla contínua exposición a escenas violentas ha insensibilizado a la gente frente a la realidad de la guerra
2. (= stun) → atontar
I was numbed by the news of his deathla noticia de su muerte me dejó atontado or sin poder reaccionar

numb

[ˈnʌm]
adj
[fingers, toes, leg, arm] → engourdi(e)
to go numb → s'engourdir
My leg's gone numb → J'ai les jambes engourdies.
to grow numb → s'engourdir
to feel numb → être engourdi(e)
to be numb with cold [person] → être transi(e), être transi(e) de froid
(= unable to react) → paralysé(e)
numb with fear → transi(e) de peur, paralysé(e) par la peur
numb with shock → en état de choc
numb with grief → paralysé(e) de douleur
vt
[cold, anaesthetic] → engourdir
The cold numbed my fingers → Le froid engourdissait mes doigts.
to numb the pain → atténuer la douleur
[shock, bad experience, grief] [+ person] → paralyser
For a while the shock of Philip's letter numbed her → Après avoir lu la lettre de Philip, elle resta sous le choc pendant un moment.

numb

adj (+er)taub, empfindungslos, gefühllos; feelingtaub; (emotionally) → benommen, wie betäubt; hands numb with coldHände, die vor Kälte taub or gefühllos sind; numb with griefstarr or wie betäubt vor Schmerz; numb with disbeliefstarr vor Ungläubigkeit
vt (cold) → taub or gefühllos machen; (injection, fig) → betäuben; numbed with fear/griefstarr vor Furcht/Schmerz

numb

[nʌm]
1. adj
a. (fingers) → intorpidito/a
numb with cold → intirizzito/a (dal freddo)
my leg has gone numb → mi si è intorpidita una gamba
b. (fig) numb with (fear, grief) → paralizzato/a da, impietrito/a da
2. vt
a.intorpidire
the cold numbs you as soon as you step outside → appena si esce si resta paralizzati dal freddo
b. (fig) → rendere insensibile
she drinks to numb her grief → beve per attenuare il dolore

numb

(nam) adjective
not able to feel or move. My arm has gone numb; She was numb with cold.
verb
to make numb. The cold numbed her fingers.
ˈnumbly adverb
ˈnumbness noun

numb

خَدِرٌ ztuhlý følelsesløs empfindungslos μουδιασμένος entumecido tunnoton engourdi umrtvljen insensibile 感覚のない 저린 verstijfd nummen zdrętwiały dormente онемелый domnad ชา uyuşuk 麻木的

numb

a. [extremity] entumecido-a, adormecido-a; aturdido-a;
my fingers are ___mis dedos están ___ -s;
I feel ___Me siento entumecido-a; me siento aturdido-a.

numb

adj dormido; to get o become — dormirse; Do your hands get numb?..¿Se le duermen las manos?; vt (también to — up) anestesiar, dormir; I’m going to numb up your finger..Le voy a anestesiar (dormir) el dedo.
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