To yield up the ghost
Ghost Ghost (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter. [1913 Webster]

The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea. [1913 Webster]

Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. --Poe. [1913 Webster]

4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses. [1913 Webster]

{Ghost moth} (Zo["o]l.), a large European moth ({Hepialus humuli}); so called from the white color of the male, and the peculiar hovering flight; -- called also {great swift}.

{Holy Ghost}, the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter; (Theol.) the third person in the Trinity.

{To give up the ghost} or {To yield up the ghost}, to die; to expire. [1913 Webster]

And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people. --Gen. xlix. 33. [1913 Webster]


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  • To yield up the ghost — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give up the ghost — Ghost Ghost (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give up the ghost — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yield up the ghost — (archaic) To give up the ghost (see under ↑ghost) • • • Main Entry: ↑yield …   Useful english dictionary

  • yield up the ghost — verb For a person, to die. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband …   Wiktionary

  • give up the ghost — verb a) To cease clinging to life; to die. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. b) To quit; to cease functioning. My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day. Syn: yield up the ghost …   Wiktionary

  • give-up the ghost — verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life She died from cancer The children perished in the fire The patient went peacefully The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102 • Syn: ↑die,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • To yield the ghost up — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To yield the ghost — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To yield the breath — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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