verb (used with object)
- to blunt; dull; deaden.
- (tr) rare to deaden or dull
v.c.1400, (transitive) “to render dead, make dull,” used occasionally in English, especially in medical jargon; from Latin obtundere “to blunt, make dull, weaken, exhaust,” literally “to beat against” (see obtuse). Related: Obtundation; obtunded. v.
- To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.