NOT ALIVE › not now alive: She's been dead for 20 years now. He was shot dead by a masked intruder. There were three children among the dead.
EQUIPMENT › If a piece of equipment is dead, it is not working: a dead battery The phone suddenly went dead.
QUIET informal › If a place is dead, it is too quiet and nothing interesting is happening there.
BODY mainly UK › If part of your body is dead, you cannot feel it: My arm's gone dead.
wouldn't be caught/seen dead informal › If someone wouldn't be caught dead in a place or doing something, they would never go there or do it, usually because it would be too embarrassing: [+ doing sth] I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a bikini.
drop dead informal › to die very suddenly