a block having no sheave or other part rolling with the movement of a line.
a groove in a spar or other timber, through which a rope can slide.
/ˈdʌmˌʃɪt/ noun 1. a stupid person adjective 2. extremely stupid noun Stupid; cretinoid, Dufus: Yeah, right. Dumbshit, two-term Reagan (1960s+)
noun 1. a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama. 2. gestures without speech. noun 1. a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama 2. meaningful gestures; mime
verb to reduce the personnel in a company to a point where the work can no longer be carried out effectively or profitably Examples Downsizing has gone too far and has become dumbsizing. Word Origin patterned on ‘downsize’
- Dumb something up
verb phrase To make something simpler and easier; leach out all but the most puerile substance; dumb down: They handed him the script and told him to dumb it up still more (1960s+)