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deafen,

v to make deaf; to cause the loss of all usable hearing.
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An editor who visited the Chicago exchange in 1879 said of it: "The racket is almost deafening.
The din of their roaring, growling and squealing was deafening and the formidable appearance of any one of them was enough to make the stoutest heart feel grave forebodings.
But at seven minutes to one o'clock in the morning a deafening whistling was heard, like that produced by a body of water rushing with great violence.
Batulcar, was to commence at three o'clock, and soon the deafening instruments of a Japanese orchestra resounded at the door.
As it passed it set up an exultant deafening howl that drowned the thunder--"Aloo
As for Fernand himself, he seemed to be enduring the tortures of the damned; unable to rest, he was among the first to quit the table, and, as though seeking to avoid the hilarious mirth that rose in such deafening sounds, he continued, in utter silence, to pace the farther end of the salon.
The city was sleeping; some customs officials were taking the air; and the water kept pouring through the holes of the dam with a deafening roar.
When she began to suck again, we could see the water all inside whirling round and round, and it made a deafening sound as it broke against the rocks.
were heard above all the noise, deafening as it was.
And the characteristic aspect of westerly weather, the thick, gray, smoky and sinister tone sets in, circumscribing the view of the men, drenching their bodies, oppressing their souls, taking their breath away with booming gusts, deafening, blinding, driving, rushing them onwards in a swaying ship towards our coasts lost in mists and rain.
Poyser would probably have brought her rejoinder to a further climax, if every one's attention had not at this moment been called to the other end of the table, where the lyricism, which had at first only manifested itself by David's sotto voce performance of "My love's a rose without a thorn," had gradually assumed a rather deafening and complex character.
Let him reflect now, and when your blinding dust and deafening hum subside, he will discover a path.