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dead heat definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a tie in a race

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1796 a tie with no single winner of a race; broadly tie

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dead Dead (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de['a]d; akin to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. d["o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See Die, and cf. Death.] 1. Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. ``The queen, my lord, is dead.'' --Shak. The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger. --Arbuthnot. Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living. --Shak. 2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter. 3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep. 4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight. 5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor. 6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade. 7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc. 8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall. ``The ground is a dead flat.'' --C. Reade. 9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty. I had them a dead bargain. --Goldsmith. 10. Bringing death; deadly. --Shak. 11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works. ``Dead in trespasses.'' --Eph. ii. 1. 12. (Paint.) (a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect. (b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson. 13. (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead. 14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle. Dead ahead (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point toward which a vessel would go. Dead angle (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen or defended from behind the parapet. Dead block, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car. Dead calm (Naut.), no wind at all. Dead center, or Dead point (Mach.), either of two points in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by, the lever L. Dead color (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it. Dead coloring (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this is usually in monochrome. Dead door (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the outside of the quarter-gallery door. Dead flat (Naut.), the widest or midship frame. Dead freight (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity. --Abbott. Dead ground (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there is no ore. Dead hand, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person civilly dead. ``Serfs held in dead hand.'' --Morley. See Mortmain. Dead head (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor buoy. Dead heat, a heat or course between two or more race horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal, so that neither wins. Dead horse, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid in advance. [Law] Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(dead heats) If a race or contest is a dead heat, two or more competitors are joint winners, or are both winning at a particular moment in the race or contest. In American English, you can say that a race or contest is in a dead heat. The race ended in a dead heat between two horses... N-COUNT



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