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Not sharp or acute, in any sense; qualifying a surgical instrument, the action of the mind, pain, a sound (especially the percussion note), etc.
[M.E. dul]


(dul) not resonant on percussion.


1 blunt.
2 sluggish.
3 not sharp, vivid, or intense.


adjective Referring to the appearance of a non-glistening surface on cultures of noncapsule-producing bacteria, seen in many Enterobacteriaceae. In contrast, capsule-producing bacteria are described as glistening or “mucoid”.


Not sharp or acute, in any sense; qualifying a surgical instrument, the action of the mind, pain, a sound (especially the percussion note), or other qualities.


Not sharp or acute, in any sense.

Patient discussion about dull

Q. My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy.I want to know is there anything serious to consider? My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy. We thought that it was due to her stress and surgery and will vanish once the treatment is over. But it’s almost a fortnight that her therapy is over and the dryness of the skin still remains. I want to know is this normal or is there anything serious to consider?

A. It is a common sign with the patients who underwent radiation therapy. But do care if she is having any burning sensation and itching. Meet the doctor without any delay if your mom shows any of the above symptoms. If it is a visible dryness only then she must keep herself hydrated by having a lot of water. You can use skin moisturizers also. Limit the use of deodorants and use mild soaps.

Q. Uncomfortable in my left-lower abdomen. But it is not acute or dull pain at all. I'm starting to feel uncomfortable in my lower-left abdomen. I roughly guess it started summer in 2008. Certainly, it's not acute or even dull pain at all. But it makes me very uncomfortable when I sit on the chair. I can feel it by sitting on the chair. Such uncomfortableness seems to reside in somewhere between my left leg and abdomen. It is under my navel, and to the left, extending to the my left flank. Once again, I can sense it by touching something developing (With my fingers, I gently pressed that area and, I realized that there's a difference between pressing on the lower-left abdomen and the lower-right abdomen.) But it is not something swollen, and not a hard thing. I've never had the caecum removed. I'm 40 years old, East asian. I quitted smoking in early 90's. In Octocber, 2008 I found my blood pressure pretty good (I can't remember it, though). My life is quite sedentary (I'm a graduate student.) I guess I spend most of my daily time on the chair. Thanks for any opinion in advance.

A. hi '''i do have the same thing all what i do is keep it higher than my hart and after a lettel time it well come back to normal and i advice you to go see a d'r when you have the rhit time for it.......and happy holly day and happy 2009..lolo21

Q. i am dhaval .iam 22 male.my hair are rough and dry.and become dull suddenly.is 500 ml.cow milk good for it? dhjaval trivedi

A. What you describe may point to several possible conditions, including thyroid diseases, vitamin deficiencies or simply the beginning of male-pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). However, it's not really possible to diagnose your condition through the net, so I would suggest seeing a doctor, since these conditions (even male-pattern hair loss) may be treated efficiently.

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An umbrella of dulness is marked like a blast zone, in language reminiscent of the milder forms of curse seen in Wordsworth poems such as "Hart-Leap Well.
Pope is still on his way to the 'Cave', and to where Dulness 'shone' in 'clouded majesty' (I, 43), but this time it is to the enthronement of Theobald as hero, and Pope goes via the Tower.
5) Errour, Sin, Criticism and Dulness all appear as mothers with numerous progeny, which distinguishes them from characters like Grendel's mother, who is monstrous, but who does not evince unusual fertility.
Trumbull's works include The Progress of Dulness (1772 - 73), a satire on contemporary methods of education; An Elegy on the Times (1774), a patriotic piece; M ' Fingal, an anti - British satire, issued in more than thirty editions in its time; essays in the style of The Spectator, several anonymous revolutionary essays; and a number of incidental poems.
Matthew Bramble's letter of 12 June describes a leavetaking scene between his sister Tabitha and a relative, Lady Griskin, in which the two women make ostentatious curtseys while privately cursing one another: "The expression of these two faces, while they continued in this attitude would be no bad subject for a pencil like that of the incomparable Hogarth, if any such should ever appear again, in these times of dulness and degeneracy" (135).
If Pope in the Dunciad shows the literary dunces of his age establishing a kingdom ruled by Dulness, "coming," as the satirist says, "'in her Majesty, to destroy Order and Science, and to Substitute the Kingdom of the Dull upon earth," so also does Blake in The Book of Urizen show the scientific dunces of his age establishing a kingdom ruled by Urizen, coming in his majesty to destroy imaginative order and poetry, and to substitute the kingdom of unenlightened science upon earth.
Rich is pictured in a 'hall of pease' (117); bards are as plump as a 'full-bed' partridge (117); 'may they dulness last', Settle tells Wormius (244); 'antimonies' are substituted for 'antinomies' (23); a critic's name is misspelled (259); and, though perhaps this is an ancient usage, Bethel's 'ancestors survive today' (149).
For instance, the autobiographical subject ruefully observes of custom-house documents, "But, then, what reams of other manuscripts - filled, not with the dulness of official formalities, but with the thought of inventive brains and the rich effusion of deep hearts - had gone equally to oblivion; and that, moreover, without serving a purpose in their day, as these heaped-up papers had, and - saddest of all - without purchasing for their writers the comfortable livelihood which the clerks of the Custom-House had gained by these worthless scratchings of the pen
Her idealized Utopia proves an illusion, without the substance which would give reality to her ideals in the face of her growing sympathy and diminishing egoism: 'this life at Transome Court was not the life of her day-dreams: there was dulness already in its ease .
While a tutor at Yale he wrote The Progress of Dulness (1772-73), an attack on educational methods.
He was more widely known as a satirist in rhyme when his <IR> THE PROGRESS OF DULNESS </IR> appeared in three parts from 1771 to 1773.
Heath, 1912), 108, has argued that Riddle 59 is merely an amplification of Riddle 48, which for Wyatt explains its qualities of "vagueness and dulness of phrase.