deafness


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Related to deafness: nerve deafness, Congenital deafness

deaf

 (dĕf)
adj. deaf·er, deaf·est
1. Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
2. often Deaf Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
3. Unwilling or refusing to listen; heedless: was deaf to our objections.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
1. Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
2. often Deaf The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.

[Middle English def, deef, from Old English dēaf.]

deaf′ly adv.
deaf′ness n.
Usage Note: The rise of the Deaf Pride movement in the 1980s introduced a distinction between deaf and Deaf, with the capitalized form used specifically in referring to deaf persons belonging to the community—also known as Deaf culture—that has formed around the use of American Sign Language as the preferred means of communication.

Deafness

See also ear; hearing

a type of ear trumpet used by the deaf.
an acronym for the American Sign Language for the Deaf, a system of communication through gestures and hand signals.
loss or absence of the power of hearing.
a form of deafness in which the sufferer hears only his own voice, and that very loudly. See also medical specialties.
the technique of communicating through signs made with the fingers, as in the manual alphabet for the deaf.
the condition of lacking both hearing and speech. Also called surdomutism. — deafmute, n.
the teaching of communication through the use of hand signals to the deaf. — manualist, n.
1. the principles of the oral method of training the deaf, as lip reading.
2. the support or practice of these principles. Cf. manualism. — oralist, n.
a hearing device for the deaf that is placed against the upper teeth so it can transmit vibrations to the auditory nerve through the bones of the skull.
defective sense of hearing. Also paracousia.
a procedure for producing visible records of sound waves or speech sounds, especially to assist the deaf in using the telephone. Also called visible speech. — phonautographic, adj.
Pathology. the degree of deafness that is sufficient to block the acquisition of speech by normal means.
deafmutism. — surdomute, n.

deafness

The total or partial inability to hear. It can be caused by a variety of factors including diseases such as otosclerosis, blockage of the ear canal by wax, damage to the eardrum, damage to the bones of the middle ear, and damage to nerves that take messages from the ear to the brain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deafness - partial or complete loss of hearingdeafness - partial or complete loss of hearing
hearing disorder, hearing impairment - impairment of the sense of hearing
tin ear, tone deafness - an inability to distinguish differences in pitch
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism - congenital deafness that results in inability to speak
Translations
صَمَم، طَرَش
hluchota
døvhed
kuurous
süketség
heyrnarleysi
hluchota
gluhota

deafness

[ˈdefnɪs] Nsordera f

deafness

[ˈdɛfnɪs] n (= inability to hear) → surdité f

deafness

n (lit, fig)Taubheit f(to gegenüber)

deafness

[ˈdɛfnɪs] nsordità

deaf

(def) adjective
1. unable to hear. She has been deaf since birth.
2. (with to) refusing to understand or to listen. He was deaf to all arguments.
ˈdeafness noun
ˈdeafen verb
to make hearing difficult; to have an unpleasant effect on the hearing. I was deafened by the noise in there!
ˈdeafening adjective
very loud. the deafening roar of the engine.
ˌdeaf-ˈmute noun
a person who is deaf and dumb.
fall on deaf ears
(of a warning etc) to be ignored.
turn a deaf ear to
deliberately to ignore. They turned a deaf ear to my advice.

deaf·ness

n. sordera.

deafness

n sordera
References in classic literature ?
The rush of the water and the booming of the mill bring a dreamy deafness, which seems to heighten the peacefulness of the scene.
He was wonderfully clever at concealing his deafness, and, as to carrying on heavily, though he was a fearless man, I don't think that he ever meant to take undue risks.
As for its inventor, beyond an increasing deafness and the movement of the lips growing fainter and fainter, there had been little change in his condition for a week.
Thus in the morning- especially if she had eaten anything rich the day before- she felt a need of being angry and would choose as the handiest pretext Belova's deafness.
For otherwise we might possibly complain of their ingratitude and deafness, with the same reason as Pasiphae doth of her bull, whom she endeavoured to engage by all the coquetry practised with good success in the drawing-room on the much more sensible as well as tender hearts of the fine gentlemen there.
Cecily, determined to do her duty even in the face of such fearful odds as Great-aunt Eliza's deafness, dragged a ponderous, plush- covered album from its corner and proceeded to display and explain the family photographs.
Let us add that his deafness rendered him to some extent dumb.
My mother's deafness is very trifling you seejust nothing at all.
The breathing of the soldier in the closet could be distinctly heard, but Madame Servin appeared not to notice it; her feigned ignorance was so obvious that Ginevra recognized it at once for wilful deafness.
She filled up all blanks with unmanifested perfections, interpreting him as she interpreted the works of Providence, and accounting for seeming discords by her own deafness to the higher harmonies.
He still breathed the air, which bit his lungs with a painful sweetness; and dimly he saw and heard, with passing spells of blindness and deafness, the flashes of sight and sound again wherein he saw the hunters of Ivan falling to their deaths, and his own brothers fringing the carnage and filling the air with the tumult of their cries and weapons, and, far above, the women and children loosing the great rocks that leaped like things alive and thundered down.
She obstinately declined to learn the deaf and dumb alphabet--on the ground that dumbness was not associated with deafness in her case.