• WordNet 3.6
    • n death the act of killing "he had two deaths on his conscience"
    • n death the event of dying or departure from life "her death came as a terrible shock","upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
    • n Death the personification of death "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"
    • n death the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism "the animal died a painful death"
    • n death the absence of life or state of being dead "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"
    • n death a final state "he came to a bad end","the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
    • n death the time at which life ends; continuing until dead "she stayed until his death","a struggle to the last"
    • n death the time when something ends "it was the death of all his plans","a dying of old hopes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Death of a Deserter The Death of a Deserter
Death of Gustavus and his Page——290 Death of Gustavus and his Page——290
Death of Mazarin.——399 Death of Mazarin.——399
Death of Turenne——443 Death of Turenne——443
Death of Roland the Camisard——569 Death of Roland the Camisard——569
Death of Moliere——669 Death of Moliere——669
Hercules Wrestling with Death Hercules Wrestling with Death

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The MGM lion, whose name was Leo, lived in Memphis until his death
    • Death Anything so dreadful as to be like death. "It was death to them to think of entertaining such doctrines.""And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death ."
    • Death Cause of loss of life. "Swiftly flies the feathered death .""He caught his death the last county sessions."
    • Death Danger of death. "In deaths oft."
    • Death (Theol) Loss of spiritual life. "To be carnally minded is death ."
    • Death Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life. "A death that I abhor.""Let me die the death of the righteous."
    • Death Murder; murderous character. "Not to suffer a man of death to live."
    • Death Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe. "Death ! great proprietor of all.""And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death ."
    • Death The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
    • Death Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory. "The death of a language can not be exactly compared with the death of a plant."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Many of the stars that were in the Poltergeist Trilogy had strange deaths
    • n death Cessation of life; that state of a being, animal or vegetable, in which there is a total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions, In the abstract.
    • n death Actual.
    • n death Figurative or poetical.
    • n death [In poetry and poetical prose death is often personified.
    • n death A general mortality; a deadly plague; a fatal epidemic: as, the black death (which see, below).
    • n death The cessation of life in a particular part of an organic body, as a bone.
    • n death A skeleton, or the figure of a skeleton, as the symbol of mortality: as, a death's head.
    • n death A cause, agent, or instrument of death.
    • n death Imminent deadly peril.
    • n death A capital offense; an offense punishable with death.
    • n death The state or place of the dead.
    • n death The mode or manner of dying.
    • n death Something as dreadful as death.
    • n death In Scripture: The reverse of spiritual life; the mere physical and sensuous life, without any activity of the spiritual or religious nature.
    • n death After physical death, the final doom of those who have lived and died in separation from God and the divine life.
    • n death A slaughtering or killing.
    • n death To be passionately fond of; have a great liking or capacity for: as, he was death on the sherry.
    • n death Mortally; to death.
    • n death Synonyms Death, Decease, Demise. See decease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Florida has twice as many lightning injuries and deaths than any other state
    • n Death deth state of being dead: extinction or cessation of life: manner of dying: mortality: a deadly plague: cause of death: spiritual lifelessness: the killing of the animal in hunting
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  • John F. Boyes
    John F. Boyes
    “Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.”
  • Seneca
    “Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.”
  • Earl Wilson
    Earl Wilson
    “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.”
  • Enid Bagnold
    “As for death one gets used to it, even if it's only other people's death you get used to.”


At death's door - If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
Cheat death - If someone cheats death, they narrowly avoid a major problem or accident.
Death of a thousand cuts - If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
Death warmed up - (UK) If someone looks like death warmed up, they look very ill indeed. ('death warmed over' is the American form)
Dice with death - If you do something that is very dangerous, you are dicing with death.
Done to death - If a joke or story has been done to death, it has been told so often that it has stopped being funny.
Fate worse than death - Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
Kiss of death - The kiss of death is an action that means failure or ruin for someone, a scheme, a plan, etc.
Matter of life and death - If something is a matter of life and death, it is extremely important.
Sick to death - If you are sick to death of something, you have been exposed to so much of it that you cannot take any more.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deth, deað, AS. deáð,; akin to OS. dōð, D. dood, G. tod, Icel. dauði, Sw. & Dan. död, Goth. dauþus,; from a verb meaning to die,. See Die (v. i.), and cf. Dead
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.


In literature:

For he had taken his knowledge of her into death, so that she had her place in death.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The snow would fall while he sat here, and he would freeze to death.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Consider our faith, how much of its teaching consists of how to avoid the fear of death, how much of its consolation is for the death-bed.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Death does not blot out the records.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
There is a tendency for the patient to think much of death either in the onset or during the psychosis.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
If we can see justice in the death of one person we can see justice in the death of a hundred.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
Diarrhea is a common symptom, and death ensues early, the blood after death being found unclotted.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Others laid it to a terrible fever, in which for days he had lain delirious in the shadow of death.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Yours will be the joy of being transplanted from death into life, whereas the world must abide in death.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Ah, seigneur," she sobbed, "mademoiselle will yet lead us to our death!
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

In poetry:

Loving souls
with radiant eyes –
once deathly ill,
now worthy and wise.
"Untitled" by Eberhard Arnold
A tiring-room where I
Death's divers garments try,
Till fit
Some fashion sit.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Sin, Death, and Hell
His glorious name
Quite overcame,
Yet I rebel
And slight the same.
"A Hymn to God the Father" by Ben Jonson
Set the great lucid form
Free from its marble tomb
To storm
The heights of death and doom.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Hard is his fortune!—
Oh, faithless Harald:
Death's ravens roving
Ride o'er thy ting-peace!
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph,
And Saint Elizabeth,
Pray for us poets now
And at the hour of death.
"The Singing Girl" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

I find it disturbing that Sara Glaser's death made the front page of the Post-Gazette Wednesday, yet editors chose not to put the shooting death of Ne'Ondre Harbour on Page One the previous day.
Ex-husband released from jail after death of woman finefield, macaria, death, released, hernandez, jail, authorities, connection, kenneth, santa.
The Faulkner County prosecutor has waived the death penalty against a man charged in the shooting and stabbing death of his ex-wife's husband.
When a second death occurs, Lewis and Hathaway begin to suspect foul play that the duo must uncover before another death occurs.
Mark Twain liked to say that it's a terrible death to be talked to death.
She stole retirement benefits inadvertently paid by the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia to her grandmother after her grandmother 's death in 1994 until her death was discovered in February 2010.
A man has been charged in the death of his wife, who was found shot to death in her burning Greenwood County home.
US military deaths in Afghanistan have reportedly surpassed 2,000, but sources say the death toll is actually higher.
AUSTIN — The state's forensic science commission, restricted by an opinion from the attorney general, is postponing a final vote on a high-profile arson case that death penalty opponents say may have led an innocent man to his death.
My career as the chief drama critic of The New York Times began with a car crash and a death, and ended with another car crash and another death.
BRYAN, TX — A convicted murderer is back in court and facing the death penalty after briefly escaping from a Huntsville prison, resulting in the death of a Texas Corrections Officer.
The family of a Lucas County Jail inmate, whose in-custody death in 2004 led to criminal charges against the sheriff and convictions for two of his staff, has requested that a wrongful death lawsuit against the county be allowed to resume.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" marks the final countdown to the big confrontation with you-know-who, and things are getting dark for Harry.
California's death penalty, for all practical purposes, is not a death penalty.
The death was originally attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, but a coroner later said the boy died of suffocation and acute alcohol intoxication.

In science:

The concept of random deaths in a computational model for population dynamics is critically examined.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Alternative implementations of random deaths strategies are discussed and compared.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The usual implementation of random deaths in models for population dynamics is through the use of the Verhulst factor.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
During this pre-reproductive period, the random deaths are responsible for the faster decrease of the age distribution of the VA population (Fig. 1).
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
One would naively expect, for instance, the fraction of random deaths to be larger in a VA population, since in this case the Verhulst dagger is allowed to act during the entire life span of each individual.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations