- vt. 使麻木；使发愣；使失去感觉
- adj. 麻木的；发愣的
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1. PIE root *nem- "divide, distribute, allot; take" (cf. Greek nemein "deal out," nemesis "just indignation," Latin numerus "number") => nim- "take, grasp, seize" => OE: niman "take, grasp, seize".
2. niman "take, grasp, seize" => nimen "take, grasp, seize" => 过去分词：nome => numb "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized".
3. The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c.
5. 同源词：nim, numb, nimble.
- numb (adj.)
- c. 1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
- numb (v.)
- 1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
- 1. He could feel his fingers growing numb at their tips.
- 2. Numb with terror, she stared at the departing maraud-ers.
- 3. First he had been numb. Then the numbness gave way to anger.
- 4. My legs felt numb and my toes ached.
- 5. I was so shocked I went numb.
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