• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dying in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be "a dying man","his dying wish","a dying fire","a dying civilization"
    • adj dying eagerly desirous "anxious to see the new show at the museum","dying to hear who won"
    • n dying 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:

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: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison were all 27 years old when they died.
    • Dying In the act of dying; destined to death; mortal; perishable; as, dying bodies.
    • Dying Of or pertaining to dying or death; as, dying bed; dying day; dying words; also, simulating a dying state.
    • n Dying The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New Hampshire's license plates are stamped with the motto "Live Free Or Die." They are made by prison inmates.
    • n dying The act of expiring; loss of life; death.
    • dying Physically decaying; failing from life; approaching death or dissolution; moribund: as, a dying man; a dying tree.
    • dying Mortal; destined to death; perishable: as, dying bodies.
    • dying Drawing to a close; fading away; failing; languishing: as, the dying year; a dying light.
    • dying Given, uttered, or manifested just before death: as, dying words; a dying request; dying love.
    • dying Pertaining to or associated with death: as, a dying hour; a dying bed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Of the 266 men who have been pope, 33 have died violently.
    • pr.p Dying dī′ing of Die
    • adj Dying destined for death: mortal: declining: occurring immediately before death, as dying words: supporting a dying person, as a dying-bed: pertaining to death
    • n Dying death
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  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “Most of us die with much of our beautiful music still in us, un-sung, un-played.”
  • Charles II
    Charles II
    “He had been, he said, an unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “These have not the hope to die.”
  • Charles R. Darwin
    Charles R. Darwin
    “I am not the least afraid to die.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Dying is a wild night and a new road.”


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.


In literature:

But mama dies and daddy takes sick and dies, too.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It grew and lessened and died.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
I seed one when I was a boy, right after mammy die.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
It was better to die in the open, like men, than to die in a hole, like gophers.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
We was kept on the plantation but we knowed folks jes died an' died an' died.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
In Bolt Court we pause to see a great man die.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The dying man set his teeth hard, and his eyes glistened.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He appears to have outlived Andronicus I., who died in 1185.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
He died on the 26th of April 1854, at his mansion of Bonaly, near Edinburgh.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
He died at Paris on the 29th of June 1892.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Die Luft ging durch die Felder,
Die Ähren wogten sacht,
Es rauschten leis die Wälder,
So sternklar war die Nacht.
"Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)" by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
So Mary died last night! To-day
The news has travelled here.
And Robert died at Michaelmas,
And Walter died last year.
"Twilight" by Amy Levy
"O mother, mother, make my bed!
O make it saft and narrow:
My love has died for me today,
I'll die for him to-morrow."
"Barbara Allen" by Anonymous British
Half the night he longed to die,
Now are sown on hill and plain
Pleasures worth his while to try
Ere he longs to die again.
"XVI: Spring Morning" by A E Housman
And for all this, die will he not;
There is no man sees him but I;
You came and went and forgot;
I hope he will some day die.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The graves of all his saints he blessed,
And softened every bed;
Where should the dying members rest,
But with the dying Head?
"Hymn 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The retired bishop was a bold supporter of the civil rights movement and a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. John Harris Burt dies at 91.
John Allegro , who was renowned for his work in deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls but ridiculed for his theories that Western religions were based on the worship of mushrooms, died Wednesday.
Girl, 7, ate peanut before dying of allergic reaction at school.
A Virginia first-grader died Monday after apparently suffering an allergic reaction at school, prompting questions about how schools handle the treatment of students with serious allergies.
Ammaria Johnson, 7, died Monday after suffering an allergic reaction during recess at her Chesterfield County elementary school, Hopkins Elementary.
Child dies in school from peanut allergic reaction .
Stow beating witness dies from apparent nut reaction.
A key witness in the brutal attack of Giants fan Bryan Stow has died suddenly of an apparent allergic reaction to peanuts.
A Chicago teenager has died after a bad reaction from a food allergy.
Thirteen-year-old Katelyn Carlson died Friday after eating something at a school Christmas party.
Well my dog died a few months ago so my mother give her to me as a birthday gift.
A man died Saturday night when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving in West Allis and was thrown into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.
In the past few months, there has been an avalanche of media about Tucson Greyhound Park, the steroids, and all the problems associated with this dying sport where yes—dogs still die, break their legs, are injured.
In it's nearly 50-year history, only two African-American Bond Girls have graced the silver screen: Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live and Let Die (1973) and Halle Berry as Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson in Die Another Day (2002).
It's always sad when a firefighter dies, especially when he dies on duty.

In science:

Szeg¨o, ¨Uber orthogonale Polynome, die zu einer gegebenen Kurve der komplexen Ebene gehoren, Math.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
Schmid, Die Randwerte holomorpher Funktionen auf hermitesch symmetrischen R¨aumen, Invent.
The b-functions for prehomogeneous vector spaces of commutative parabolic type and generalized universal Verma modules
Hopf E. “ ¨Uber die Bedeutung der willk¨urlichen Funktionen f¨ur die Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie” Jahresbericht der Deutschen Math.
An extension to the Wiener space of the arbitrary functions principle
Uber die volstandigkeit eines gewissen systems der arithmetik ganzer zahlen, in welchem die addition als einzige operation hervortritt.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
BRW dies out) if and only if the former is finite (i.e. the IBP dies out).
Characterization of the critical values of branching random walks on weighted graphs through infinite-type branching processes