Numb, as most words, can be used in more than one way.
You can literally be numb, or, more likely, have a body part that is numb, like in the example. This means that you have absolutely no sensation/feeling in that part of the body.
On the other hand, you can also use this adjective to describe yourself when you’re unable to feel emotion. For example, after a loved one passes away, some people might feel numb, they are unable to take in what’s going on around them, perhaps they won’t even cry or be angry, they’re just anesthetized. This kind of feeling of numbness comes after a shock, or some kind of event that leaves you bewildered and your mind doesn’t know how to deal with it.
Here are some example sentences, see you if you determine which is which:
- Kahina felt numb after hearing the news.
- Jared’s whole mouth was numb after his wisdom tooth was pulled out.
- My hand was totally numb.
- His son’s friend was overcome with numbness and he didn’t say anything for days.
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