- 1Deprived of the power of sensation: my feet were numb with coldMore example sentences
without sensation, without feeling, numbed, benumbed, desensitized, insensible, senseless, unfeeling; anesthetized; dazed, stunned, stupefied, paralyzed, immobilized, frozen
- I awoke to find this numb sensation in my left arm, and a horrible headache.
- You're standing beside a beer cooler on the bank of a frozen Siberian river, and your nose is numb with cold.
- He reached to grab the rifle but could not because his forearm felt numb and dead.
- 1.1Unable to think, feel, or respond normally: the tragic events left us shocked and numbMore example sentences
- It's surprising that one event follows another in such a way that we are left totally numb.
- I had been in a meeting with an artist and was left totally numb.
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- 1Deprive of feeling or responsiveness: the cold had numbed her sensesMore example sentences
- This is drunk warm out of small earthenware cups or chilled depending on the season, and in my experience the hot stuff numbs your senses like hemlock.
- And so she bravely walked down 2nd Avenue, fighting the elements, the cold wind numbing her soft little fingers.
- Are their senses numbed by visual culture, we wonder, or are they simply getting the programmes they deserve?
- 1.1Cause (a sensation) to be felt less intensely; deaden: vodka might numb the pain in my handMore example sentences
- The effect of the brew was to stupefy the convict to the point of pseudo-coma and to numb his physical sensations.
- I'm sure circumcised men are probably far better lovers due to the fact that their sensations are numbed.
- Insiders worry that the troubled star may turn his back on his recovery and hit the drugs to numb his pain over the end of the two-month relationship.
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- He would not, as he walked out of his Chiswick house into the sunshine, have considered that by lunchtime he would be staring numbly at her dead body.
- Dressing for the trip home, I stared numbly at the clothes hanging in my closet.
- The original film ended with Katharine Ross numbly pushing her shopping cart down the grocery aisle.
late Middle English nome(n), past participle of obsolete nim 'take'.