numbness


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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."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.numbness - partial or total lack of sensation in a part of the body; a symptom of nerve damage or dysfunction
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
2.numbness - the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generallynumbness - the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
passivity, passiveness - the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative

numbness

noun
1. deadness, paralysis, insensitivity, dullness, torpor, insensibility I have recently been suffering from numbness in my fingers and toes.
2. deadness, dullness, torpor, stupefaction She swung from emotional numbness to overwhelming fear and back again.
Translations
تَخَدُّر، فُقْدان الحِس
otupělostznecitlivění
følelsesløshed
zsibbadtság
dofi, tilfinningaleysi
znecitlivenie
hissizlikuyuşmauyuşukluk

numbness

[ˈnʌmnɪs] N
1. (lit) I had a feeling of numbness in my legsse me habían dormido las piernas; (from cold) → tenía las piernas entumecidas
2. (fig) (from grief, fear, shock) → atontamiento m
a feeling of numbness overcame meme quedé atontado

numbness

[ˈnʌmnɪs] n
(physical)engourdissement m
(emotional)paralysie f

numbness

n (of limbs etc)Taubheit f, → Starre f; (fig: of mind, senses) → Benommenheit f, → Betäubung f

numbness

[ˈnʌmnɪs] nintorpidimento; (due to cold) → intirizzimento

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·ness

n. [in a part] entumecimiento, adormecimiento; [confusion] aturdimiento, entorpecimiento.

numbness

n entumecimiento, adormecimiento, pérdida de sensibilidad
References in classic literature ?
It was not merely during the three hours and a half which Uncle Sam claimed as his share of my daily life that this wretched numbness held possession of me.
Belated, and not innocently, one bitter winter's midnight, on the road running between two country towns, the blacksmith half-stupidly felt the deadly numbness stealing over him, and sought refuge in a leaning, dilapidated barn.
All this is visible to you by the light of an oil lamp hanging from the ceiling, and by that of an excellent fire, near which I sit in my cloak and bonnet; my muff and umbrella lie on the table, and I am warming away the numbness and chill contracted by sixteen hours' exposure to the rawness of an October day: I left Lowton at four o'clock a.
Numbness and lassitude crept upon her, and she was beginning to hope that she was only dreaming it all when he roused her by saying,
Gradually weariness grew upon me; a numbness, an occasional stupor, fell upon my mind even in the midst of my terrors, until sleep at last supervened and in my sea-tossed coracle I lay and dreamed of home and the old Admiral Benbow.
For two nights I had hardly had a wink of sleep, and my brain was beginning to feel that numbness which marks cerebral exhaustion.
In the same instant a strange intoxicating numbness passed over me, like the continuance or climax of the sensation I was still feeling from the gaze of Lucrezia Borgia.
Then, in a moment, May was beside him, such radiance streaming from her that it sent a faint warmth through his numbness, and he straightened himself and smiled into her eyes.
There was a sort of sham soldier, a "naquois," as the slang expression runs, who was whistling as he undid the bandages from his fictitious wound, and removing the numbness from his sound and vigorous knee, which had been swathed since morning in a thousand ligatures.
Only Ralph's presence, as she knew, preserved this numbness, for she could foresee a time of loneliness when many varieties of pain would beset her.
He was far more interested in her than in her story, for as she went on speaking his numbness had disappeared, and he was conscious of a mixture of liking, pity, and distrust.
In fact, my attention was almost wholly absorbed in my dinner: not from ravenous appetite, but from distress at the toughness of the beefsteaks, and the numbness of my hands, almost palsied by their five-hours' exposure to the bitter wind.