Dying
Die Die, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Died}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dying}.] [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. d["o]e, Sw. d["o], Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afd?jan to harass), OFries. d?ia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen, OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. {Dead}, {Death}.] 1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought. [1913 Webster]

To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

She will die from want of care. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To suffer death; to lose life. [1913 Webster]

In due time Christ died for the ungodly. --Rom. v. 6. [1913 Webster]

3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished. [1913 Webster]

Letting the secret die within his own breast. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

Great deeds can not die. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc. [1913 Webster]

His heart died within, and he became as a stone. --1 Sam. xxv. 37. [1913 Webster]

The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin. [1913 Webster]

6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away. [1913 Webster]

Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

7. (Arch.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face. [1913 Webster]

8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor. [1913 Webster]

{To die in the last ditch}, to fight till death; to die rather than surrender. [1913 Webster]

``There is one certain way,'' replied the Prince [William of Orange] `` by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last ditch.'' --Hume (Hist. of Eng. ).

{To die out}, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died out.

Syn: To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish. [1913 Webster]


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  • dying — [dī′iŋ] vi. prp. of DIE1 adj. 1. coming near to an end [a dying culture] 2. of or at the time of death [his dying words] n. a ceasing to live or exist; death …   English World dictionary

  • dying — англ. [да/йинг] dying away [да/йинг эуэ/й] замирая, угасая …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • dying — dying; un·dying; …   English syllables

  • Dying — Dy ing, n. The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dying — index death, expiration, in extremis Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dying — pres part of DIE * * * dy·ing (diґing) a stage in life; the process of approaching death. It is sometimes divided into the stages of denial and disbelief, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance …   Medical dictionary

  • dying — late 13c., death, verbal noun from DIE (Cf. die) (v.). From mid 15c. as a pp. adj., in the process of becoming dead …   Etymology dictionary

  • dying — [adj] failing, expiring at death’s door*, at end of rope*, decaying, declining, disintegrating, done for*, doomed, ebbing, fading, fated, final, giving up the ghost*, going, in extremis, moribund, mortal, one foot in grave*, on last leg*, passing …   New thesaurus

  • dying — [[t]da͟ɪɪŋ[/t]] 1) Dying is the present participle of die. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A dying person or animal is very ill and likely to die soon. ...a dying man. N PLURAL: the N The dying are people who are dying. By the time our officers arrived, the dead… …   English dictionary

  • dying — dy|ing1 [ˈdaı ıŋ] the present participle of ↑die dying 2 dying2 adj 1.) dying moment/minutes/seconds during the last minutes, seconds etc before something ends ▪ Chandler s goal was in the dying minutes of the game. 2.) [only before noun]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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