1) ADJ-GRADED A deafening noise is a very loud noise.

...the deafening roar of fighter jets taking off.

2) ADJ (emphasis) If you say there was a deafening silence, you are emphasizing that there was no reaction or response to something that was said or done.

What was truly despicable was the deafening silence maintained by the candidates concerning the riots.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • deafening — deaf en*ing, a. extremely loud; so loud as to cause deafness; as, a disco with rock music played at a deafening volume. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deafening — very loud, 1590s, from prp. of DEAFEN (Cf. deafen) (q.v.). Deafening silence is attested by 1830 …   Etymology dictionary

  • deafening — deaf en*ing, n. The act or process of rendering impervious to sound, as a floor or wall; also, the material with which the spaces are filled in this process; pugging; sound insulation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • deafening — [adj] very loud at full volume, blaring, booming, ear piercing*, ear popping*, ear splitting*, noisy, ringing, roaring, rowdy, screaming, thunderous, turned up, vociferous; concepts 592,594 …   New thesaurus

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  • deafening — adjective Date: 1597 1. that deafens 2. very loud ; earsplitting < fell with a deafening clap > 3. very noticeable < their silence on the issue was deafening > • deafeningly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deafening — deaf|en|ing [ˈdefənıŋ] adj 1.) very loud ▪ a deafening roar 2.) deafening silence a complete silence, when it is uncomfortable or you are expecting someone to say something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deafening — Pugging Pug ging, n. [See {Pug}, v. t.] 1. The act or process of working and tempering clay to make it plastic and of uniform consistency, as for bricks, for pottery, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Mortar or the like, laid between the joists… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deafening — Deafen Deaf en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deafened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deafening}.] [From {Deaf}.] 1. To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly. [1913 Webster] Deafened and stunned with their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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