Death-watch

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Death-watch a watch by a dying person: a popular name for several insects which produce a ticking noise, specially audible in the stillness of a death-chamber
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Quotations

  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “Oh! death will find me long before I tire of watching you.”
  • Ernest Becker
    Ernest Becker
    “For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.

Usage

In literature:

If this is death, what is he watching for?
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The death of my old lord was the occasion of a fresh surprise to us who watched the behaviour of his successor.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I will send a strong slave to turn them while we watch from a distance, his death will not matter.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
We've been scaring pigs to death and watching them, scaring and watching.
"The Planet with No Nightmare" by Jim Harmon
But the strain was beginning to tell upon Luke, and watching him, Larry saw that he was growing deathly pale.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
O, what a watch is that which despairing love keeps, waiting for death!
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Daily Mrs. Gower visited her friend, and often watched with her by the bed of death.
"Little Frida" by Anonymous
Unt it brought me so near death that I actually watched them digging my grave.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
I will watch for hours the growing agony of your death.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
But they laid him in a bed, and watched him closely, for days passed without signs of life or death.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Powerless to move, she watched the Cro-Magnard crouch to meet certain death.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
The stern-brow'd tyrant roars and tears the ground His watchful horns portend the deathful wound.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
John Dawes, watching progress from the opposite bank, turned white as death.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
He continued to watch over the affairs of the colony until his death.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
All that time the house of death was watched night and day by men appointed for the purpose.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
While Trakor watched, he removed Roban's gag, after warning him to utter no outcry on pain of instant death.
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne
May we watch you when you are dead of the little death?
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
He had seen them, and cynically watched the husband casting furtive, longing looks at her who swore to cherish him unto death.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
Sam should not catch him there watching as if life or death hung on his report.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
Madame Forestier ate a little, and then they both installed themselves in the chamber of death to watch the body.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant
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In poetry:

Yet death cannot our hearts divide,
Or make thee less my own:
Twere sweeter sleeping at thy side
Than watching here alone.
"A Lost Love" by Henry Francis Lyte
In the first watch of the night,
Without a signal's sound,
Out of the sea, mysteriously,
The fleet of Death rose all around.
"By The Seaside : Sir Humphrey Gilbert" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From the West the gold was driven.
I watched the death of day,
An’ the distant stars of Heaven
Seemed to draw my heart away.
"The Western Stars" by Henry Lawson
So standeth Hope upon her peaks
Amid the avalanch of Life,
Amid the meteor-showers of Death
Watching for Love beyond the strife.
"The Night Watch" by John William Streets
Set a watch about the sepulchre
To watch on pain of death;
They must hold fast the stone if One should stir
And shake it from beneath.
"Easter Even" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Last night I watched for Death--
So sick of life was I!--
When in the street beneath
I heard his watchman cry
The hour, while passing by.
"Time And Death And Love" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

As I watched the juicy and satisfying Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, it occurred to me how patient the series has been.
Houston Texans fans watched in horror as a man fell to his death from an escalator inside Reliant Stadium Thursday night.
(AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has made his first court appearance on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
This eerie Angel of Death keeps watch over the grave of former Brooklyn mayor Charles Schieren.
I watched the raw footage of the interview , and was struck by how composed Mr Tabakin was as he described his daughter's life and how he intends to cope with her death.
But instead of watching the homecoming game that had been scheduled, they mourned the loss of Principal John Klang, who wasshot to death by a student in school earlier in the day.
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A Japanese man watches a TV report Monday at an electronics retailer in Tokyo on the death of Osama bin Laden.
Watch above for a slideshow of the notable deaths of 2012.
(CBS News) California could become the fifth state to eliminate the death penalty if voters there approve one of the most closely watched measures on the November ballot.
But watching a few good men remove a dead man from a truck served as good a reminder as any of not only Jesus' death but those who freed him from the cross.
Come watch me freeze to Death.
A Florida judge will decide this week whether to step down from the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
A few hundred people—no more—will watch from a prison in Oklahoma City as Timothy McVeigh is strapped to a gurney in another prison in another city and put to death by the government.
Now that life-support has been removed from the former Sacred Heart Hospital, we will watch as her slow premature death takes place.
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