• WordNet 3.6
    • v die suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense) "Whosoever..believes in me shall never die"
    • v die disappear or come to an end "Their anger died","My secret will die with me!"
    • v die 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"
    • v die stop operating or functioning "The engine finally went","The car died on the road","The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town","The coffee maker broke","The engine failed on the way to town","her eyesight went after the accident"
    • v die lose sparkle or bouquet "wine and beer can pall"
    • v die to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
    • v die cut or shape with a die "Die out leather for belts"
    • v die be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame "I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered","We almost died laughing during the show"
    • v die languish as with love or desire "She dying for a cigarette","I was dying to leave"
    • v die feel indifferent towards "She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery"
    • v die suffer or face the pain of death "Martyrs may die every day for their faith"
    • n die a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers
    • n die a device used for shaping metal
    • n die a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dying. Kaiowa, etc Dying. Kaiowa, etc
Nearly dying. Kaiowa Nearly dying. Kaiowa
She Asked Him If He Were Not Afraid to Die She Asked Him If He Were Not Afraid to Die
No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute
A letter the Dies Committee shelved A letter the Dies Committee shelved
Anna tries to help the dying Dido Anna tries to help the dying Dido
The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is estimated that over fifty-four million people died in World War II, which was the bloodiest war in history
    • Die (Mach) A hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool, made in one piece or composed of several parts, for forming screw threads on bolts, etc.; one of the separate parts which make up such a tool.
    • Die (Mach) A metal or plate (often one of a pair) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc.
    • Die (Mach) A perforated block, commonly of hardened steel used in connection with a punch, for punching holes, as through plates, or blanks from plates, or for forming cups or capsules, as from sheet metal, by drawing.
    • Die A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See Dice.
    • Die Any small cubical or square body. "Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies ."
    • Die (Arch) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
    • Die That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance. "Such is the die of war."
    • Die To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.
    • Die To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
    • Die (Arch) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
    • Die 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. "To die by the roadside of grief and hunger.""She will die from want of care."
    • Die To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished. "Letting the secret die within his own breast.""Great deeds can not die ."
    • Die To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away. "Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness."
    • Die To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc. "His heart died within, and he became as a stone.""The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca."
    • Die To suffer death; to lose life. "In due time Christ died for the ungodly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 600,000 people died as a result of the Spanish influenza epidemic
    • die To cease to live; lose or part with life; expire; suffer death; perish: said of sentient beings, and used absolutely (as, all must die), or with of, by, or from, to express the cause of death, or with for to express the object or occasion of dying: as, to die of smallpox, or by violence; to die for one's country.
    • die To lose vital power or action; become devitalized or dead: said of plants or parts of plants, as a decayed tree or a withered limb or stem: as, certain plants die down to the ground annually, while their roots live.
    • die To sink; faint.
    • die To come to an end or come to nothing; cease, or cease to exist; perish; be lost.
    • die To come to an end gradually; become extinct by degrees; vanish by or as if by death: usually with away, out, or down.
    • die To become less and less subject to, or cease to be under the power or influence of, a thing: followed by to or unto: as, to die to sin.
    • die To languish with affection or love.
    • die To be consumed with a great yearning or desire; be very desirous; desire keenly or greatly: as, she was just dying to go.
    • die In theology, to be cut off from the presence or favor of God; suffer eternal punishment in the world to come.
    • die To languish with pleasure or tenderness.
    • die To die in a hardened or impenitent state.
    • die Synonyms Die, Expire, Decease, Perish. To die is to cease to live, part with life, or become dead from any cause, and under any circumstances; it is the plainest and most direct of the words. Expire is often used as a softer word than die; it means to breathe out the life or emit the last breath. Decease is a euphemism, like expire, but is often an affectation. Perish represents death as occurring under harsh circumstances of some sort, as violence or neglect; it emphasizes the idea of finality.
    • n die An obsolete spelling of dye.
    • n die A small cube marked on its faces with spots numbering from one to six, used in gaming by being thrown from a box or the hand, the chance being decided by the highest number of spots turned up, and in several Other ways. The numbers on opposite faces of a die always add up to 7, but otherwise there is no uniformity in the arrangement of the numbers. The number of dice used is either one, two, three, or five, according to the game.
    • n die Hazard; chance.
    • n die Any small cube or square block.
    • n die In architecture, the cubical part of a pedestal between its base and cornice. See cut under dado.
    • n die An engraved stamp used for stamping a design, etc., in some softer material, as in coining money.
    • n die One of two or more pieces of hardened steel forming together a female screw for cutting the threads of screws. In use they are fitted into a groove in a contrivance called a die-stock, and are generally adjustable, so that one die may cut screws of different diameters.
    • n die In metal-working, a bed-plate or disk having an opening in the center, used in a punching-machine to support the metal from which any piece is punched.
    • n die A knife by which blanks of any desired shape and size are cut out, as in the sole-shaped cutting-dies used in shoe-factories.
    • die To mold or form with a die or with dies.
    • n die A hard-metal former or working-face for shaping, cutting, or impressing: usually used in pairs. See defs. 5 and 6. Specifically— One of a pair of formers, each with an intaglio design, between which is introduced the blank of a coin or medal, and by which, under pressure, a relief is stamped on both sides of the blank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Wadlow is the tallest man recorded in history. He grew to be eight feet and eleven inches and weighed 490 pounds when he died
    • v.i Die to lose life: to perish: to wither: to languish: to become insensible
    • pr.p Die dy′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. died (dīd)
    • n Die a small cube used in gaming by being thrown from a box: any small cubical body: hazard
    • n Die a stamp for impressing coin, &c.: the cubical part of a pedestal
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “We have art in order not to die of the truth.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.”
  • Voltaire
    “He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
  • Ernest Moritz Arndt
    Ernest Moritz Arndt
    “Nothing that is really good and God-like dies.”


Cross my heart and hope to die - People say this to show how sincere their promise is.
Die is cast - If the die is cast, a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences.
Never say die - When someone says "Never Say Die", it means that you shouldn't give up hope.
Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
Root hog or die poor - (USA) It's a expression used in the Southern USA that means that you must look out for yourself as no one's going to do it for you. (It can be shortened to 'root hog'. A hog is a pig.)
Tell them where the dog died - (USA) If you tell them where the dog died, you strongly and sharply correct someone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja,; akin to Dan. döe, Sw. , Goth. diwan,cf. Goth. afdjan, to harass), OFries. dia, to kill, OS. doian, to die, OHG. touwen, OSlav. daviti, to choke, Lith. dovyti, to torment. Cf. Dead Death
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See above.


In literature:

Sir George Downing, baronet, of Gamlingay Park, who died in 1749, left estates to various relations, who died without issue.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Number of United States troops who died while prisoners, 30,156; Confederate troops who died while prisoners, 30,152.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
He died on the 21st of May 1639.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
I don't know how I'll go through it all and not die, for I shouldn't like to die just now.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Shall die, shall die.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
The tradition did not die out, however.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
He died at Friedrichsruh on the 31st of July 1898.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
While preparing to invade Austria Wenceslas died suddenly (1305).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
He died on the 31st of August 1772.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
He retired in broken health, nine years later, to Chalford in Gloucestershire, and there died on the 13th of July 1762.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Sleep, little ladies!
Wake not soon!
Echo on echo
Dies to the moon.
"Minnie and Winnie" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Women who were gentle
And who loved me
And whom I loved
And told to die.
"Spirits Summoned West" by D H Lawrence
Die, and forget
The hill of trees,
The gleam, the wet,
This roaring peace.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas
The third and the last--
he died with
and gave up loving
and lived with her.
"A Marriage" by Robert Creeley
When winter comes
It will die! No, no,
It will only hide
From the frost and snow.
"Up And-Down" by George MacDonald
To seven kopek the heir,
Nor house nor land have I--
Live I--hey! I live then!
Die I--hey! I die!
"The Song Of The Spensthrift" by Ivan Nikitin

In news:

Bruce Willis at a Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0) premiere in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia).
It's hard to write about bars after your friend dies from alcoholism at age 48, but just as many folks die from heart disease, and that doesn't stop us from getting the chorizo at El Farolito.
As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ died that sinners might be reconciled to God, and in that sense He died for them.
Did anyone actually die in the Corrie Street tram crash, or die yet.
WASHINGTON — The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington has died, and it was not immediately known why the animal died, zoo officials said Sunday.
Forging Industry Association (Cleveland, Ohio) released Open Die Forging Technology, which includes significant changes, technical developments and specialization in the production of open die forgings.
During an appearance Thursday night on The Late Show, Bruce Willis gave a "sneak preview" of the upcoming fifth film in the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard .
You've done a good job of staging dies in roll-off die racks near the presses in which the dies will run.
Fort Worth-area pastor Danny Kirk dies after assault, suspect dies in police custody.
Excelsior Introduces Thin Branding Die Excelsior has introduced its new Thin Branding Die.
He died died of cancer Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, at his home in Oak Park Heights.
Max Müller was the son of the poet and scholar Wilhelm Müller, who wrote Die Schöne Müllerin and the verses set to music by Schubert in Die Winterreise.
Sam the Record Man dies at 92. Notable deaths in TV 2012, A-M. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at 57.
If everyone in Maria Irene Fornes's "Enter the Night" is dying, tending the dying or lamenting the dead, that does not make it a gloomy play.
Three thousand people die, not injured, die on United States roads each and every month.

In science:

Because of the random nature of this rule, the genome space of the population is homogeneously sampled; well-fitted and ill-fitted individuals die with equal probability.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
In the last row, we show the probability of dying by the Verhulst dagger over the entire life span.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Langer, ¨Uber die veral lgemeinerten Resolventen und die charakteristische Funktion eines isometrischen Operators im Raume Πκ , Hilbert space operators and operator algebras (Proc.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
Barner: ¨Uber die Mindestanzahl station¨arer Schmiegebenen bei geschlossenen strengkonvexen Raumkurven.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
B-I Universe quickly dies away and a B-I Universe eventually evolves into a RW Universe .
On the role of $\Lambda$-term in the evolution of Bianchi-I cosmological model with nonlinear spinor field