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  • tone´-deaf´|ness — tone deaf «TOHN DEHF», adjective. not able to distinguish between different musical tones. –tone´ deaf´|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • ness — ness·ber·ry; ness·ler·iza·tion; ness·ler·ize; ness·ler s; new·fan·gled·ness; new·ness; news·i·ness; nice·ness; nig·gard·li·ness; nig·gard·ness; nigh·ness; nip·pi·ness; no·ble·ness; nois·i·ness; non·cha·lant·ness; north·er·li·ness; north·ness;… …   English syllables

  • deaf — [ def ] adjective ** not able to hear anything, or not able to hear very well. Many deaf people wear a hearing aid to help them hear. Deaf people often use their hands to communicate in sign language, and many can lip read what other people are… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deaf — deaf; deaf·en; deaf·en·ing·ly; deaf·ish; deaf·ly; deaf·ness; …   English syllables

  • deaf — [[t]dɛf[/t]] adj., er, est, n. 1) partially or wholly deprived of the sense of hearing 2) refusing to heed or be persuaded; unyielding: deaf to all advice[/ex] 3) cvb the deaf, deaf persons collectively • Etymology: bef. 900; ME deef, OE dēaf, c …   From formal English to slang

  • deaf — Unable to hear. [A.S. deáf] * * * deaf def adj lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing deaf·ness n * * * (def) lacking the sense of hearing or having profound hearing loss …   Medical dictionary

  • deaf-mute — def myüt adj often offensive lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak deaf mute·ness n, sometimes offensive deaf mut·ism myüt .iz əm n, sometimes offensive deaf mute n often offensive a deaf person who cannot speak …   Medical dictionary

  • deaf-mute — deaf′ mute′ usage: See dumb off. adj. 1) pat unable to hear and speak 2) off pat a person who is unable to hear and speak, esp. one in whom inability to speak is due to congenital or early deafness • Etymology: 1830–40; trans. of F sourd muet… …   From formal English to slang

  • deaf-mute — deaf mute; deaf mute·ness; …   English syllables

  • deaf-muteness — deaf mute·ness …   English syllables