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  • v  make dull in appearance
    Age had dulled the surface
  • v  become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
    the varnished table top dulled with time
  • v  deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • v  make numb or insensitive
  • v  make dull or blunt
    Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge
  • v  become less interesting or attractive
  • v  make less lively or vigorous
    Middle age dulled her appetite for travel
  • a  lacking in liveliness or animation
    he was so dull at parties
    a dull political campaign
    a large dull impassive man
    dull days with nothing to do
    how dull and dreary the world is
    fell back into one of her dull moods
  • a  emitting or reflecting very little light
    a dull glow
    dull silver badly in need of a polish
    a dull sky
  • s  being or made softer or less loud or clear
    the dull boom of distant breaking waves
  • s  so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    a dull play
    his competent but dull performance
  • s  (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
    dull greens and blues
  • a  not keenly felt
    a dull throbbing
    dull pain
  • s  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray
  • s  (of business) not active or brisk
    business is dull (or slow)
  • a  not having a sharp edge or point
    the knife was too dull to be of any use
  • s  blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
    a dull gaze
    so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
  • s  not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
    the dull thud
  • s  darkened with overcast
    a dull sky

  • Both books cite studies, surveys, statistics, along with some hair-raising anecdotes, on how a rising tide of dull, useless assignments is oppressing families and making kids hate .
  • A physicist by training, Merkel can sometimes seem dull.
  • How dull is that? Not at all, if it can "change the world," as he claims with a subversive glint in his eye.
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  • Vince McMahon in Forbes
    Hopefully, I have really dull scissors so I can yank the rest of it out that I can't cut,McMahon said. "But I may be surprised how much Mother Nature has already beaten me to the punch. I won't know that until I start cutting."
  • Keith Carradine in Forbes
    I hesitate to use the word because it can signify something that is dull or boring,says Carradine, an admitted fan, "but this show appeals on a more intellectual level, but it's a viscerally entertaining show."
  • Steve Ballmer in Newsday
    If anybody thinks the future of search is going to look like the present search, that's crazy,Ballmer said. "The user interface on search hasn't changed for six years. You still get the same dull, boring ten blue links for God's sake....

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