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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

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And could I, if in fact I am he, could I have now so thoroughly erased from my most inscrutable inner being every trace, every scar that this fraught thinking then effected in me, such that I can only stare dumbly and without recognition at the title of this or that minor treatise you mention in your letter that now sits front of me, such that I cannot even conceive of these aggregated words a general sense but instead must regard them word for word, as if these Latin words, so constellated, were only now and for the first time appearing before my eyes?
Before the lesson started I had run through my mind, the worst-case scenario in which the students stood dumbly by the boards arguing so as to avoid writing anything.
One woman dumbly clutched an infant, charred and blebbed,
Shark Night dumbly plays out the formula and the end result grossly lacks the bite.
With the latter goal, Canada would be a country which sells higher value-added energy products and technology to the world, using the proceeds to dumbly strengthen our economy and influence, and would be an exemplar of the stewardship of all types of energy resources.
I usually take time on the ingress to study the products provided by the ground liaison officer (GLO) and to stare dumbly out the window like a cat.
They think we're at home in our caves dumbly bashing bricks into our heads like Monty Python's Gumbies, smashing abacuses in impotent frustration.
I very dumbly chugged a little bit of gasoline and then blew it into a torch and my head was on fire - that's true," the Daily Star quoted him as saying
Whoever thinks that Ramciel is a no man's land is dumbly wrong and I condemn him or her to hell.
I hope we'll be friends," Stella said, and I nodded dumbly.
This program explores the relationship between gambling and performing through the stories of musician Tim Freedman, comedian Ciel Stowe and performance poet Tug Dumbly.
Under these circumstances, once they had announced their presence, the officers were permitted to enter the home as "it would serve no purpose to require them to stand dumbly at the door awaiting a response while those within brawled on, oblivious to their presence.