• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dead-clothes clothes in which to bury the dead
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  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.


In literature:

The Apaches stripped the clothing from the dead men and left them to the Arizona sun.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
He drops all of De Vronde's clothes right on the floor, and I thought the fair Edmund would faint away dead!
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
He leaped quickly as the deadly witchery left him, and he tore at the smoldering cloth about his legs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The coolie that had worn those clothes was dead; his clothes now covered the wiry length of freckle-faced Ban Wilson.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
It was customary to auction a dead seaman's clothes from the mainmast.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
Dead bodies lay everywhere; many partly devoured by wolves; all stripped of their clothing.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty
The dead man was wrapped in a linen cloth, bound with ropes, and placed upon the stretcher.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
I didn't take my clothes off, for at such times it is respectful to have watchers about the dead.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The heavens were, indeed, clothed with black, and a heavy atmosphere, lowering and gloomy, spread like a pall over the dead and the dying.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
By means of the clothing the dead and partially burned man was identified at once as Tonio Ravelli.
"Eleven Possible Cases" by Frank R. Stockton
She wasn't even a live animal, just dead flesh lying there, smeared with blood and covered with tattered clothes.
"For Every Man A Reason" by Patrick Wilkins
The dead man was dressed in cheap native clothing, and his skin was burned almost as black as the night sky.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
In the dead of night he stol'd a new suit of the captain's clothes.
"The Old Soldiers Story" by James Whitcomb Riley
The while Tekana was wondering why they were wearing clothes contrary to the chief's deadly prejudice.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
I was running away from Chelsea in the dead of night, clothed in my night-dress and holding my bedroom slippers in my hand.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
A couple of old talk-you-deads joring over a clothes-line.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
A man, clothed like a cattle-dealer, lies stretched, dead on the bank of the highroad.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 2 of 6" by Eugène Sue
He put the handkerchief in another pocket of the dead man's clothes.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
Leo sprang up in bed where he had slept for four hours, in his clothes, like a dead man.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
More clothes are then put upon the dead man, who, if he be a person of rank, would wear three silk robes.
"Peeps Into China" by E. C. Phillips

In poetry:

Both bright names, clothed round with man's thanksgiving,
Shine, twin stars above the storm-drifts piled,
Dead and deathless, whom we saw not living
"Concord" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
He found us, Rosie, Mickie, an' meself,
Just landed in the emigration shed;
Meself was tyin' on their bits of clothes;
Their mother—rest her tender sowl!—was dead.
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
We are girt with our belief,
Clothed with our will and crowned;
Hope, fear, delight, and grief,
Before our will give ground;
Their calls are in our ears as shadows of dead sound.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Strange, as we praise the dead man's might and skill,
Strange that harsh thoughts should make such heavy cheer,
While, clothed with peace by heaven's most gentle will,
Low lies the mere.
"A Landscape" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Some of them wore their face-cloths,
Others were rotted away.
Some had mould on their garments,
And some seemed dead but a day.
Corpses all, but I knew them
As friends, once blithe and gay.
"The Phantom Ball" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Then when I cried she laughed again;
On the next page was a dead boy
Murdered by robbers in a lane;
His clothes were red with a big stain
Of blood, he held a broken toy,
The poor, poor little boy!
"The Picture Book" by Robert Graves

In news:

He was interested in vintage clothing but wound up disturbing the dead.
An investigation found radioactive poison on the clothing of the dead Palestinian leader.
Marines Move to Dump Clothes Company After Deadly Factory Fire.
Dead people don't drop to the ground in tidy, bloodless mounds of clothes, beautiful women aren't always one sultry look away from being seduced and enemies definitely don't look like Antonio Banderas.
A young woman is found dead on a deserted yacht, her lungs full of water, but her body and clothes dry as a bone.
Searchers continued sifting through twisted metal, charred debris and tattered clothing in a ravine in southern India Monday, looking for the missing piece investigators hope will explain what went wrong in a deadly plane crash.