Meaning of deadening

dead•en•ing

Pronunciation: (ded'n-ing), [key]
— n.
  1. a device or material employed to deaden or render dull.
  2. a device or material preventing the transmission of sound.
  3. a woodland in which the trees are killed by girdling prior to being cleared.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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