- the act or process of ceasing to live, ending, or drawing to a close.
Origin of dying
- to cease to live; undergo the complete and permanent cessation of all vital functions; become dead.
- (of something inanimate) to cease to exist: The laughter died on his lips.
- to lose force, strength, or active qualities: Superstitions die slowly.
- to cease to function; stop: The motor died.
- to be no longer subject; become indifferent: to die to worldly matters.
- to pass gradually; fade or subside gradually (usually followed by away, out, or down): The storm slowly died down.
- Theology. to lose spiritual life.
- to faint or languish.
- to suffer as if fatally: I'm dying of boredom!
- to pine with desire, love, longing, etc.: I'm dying to see my home again.
- to desire or want keenly or greatly: I'm dying for a cup of coffee.
- die away, (of a sound) to become weaker or fainter and then cease: The hoofbeats gradually died away.
- die down, to become calm or quiet; subside.
- die off, to die one after another until the number is greatly reduced: Her friends are dying off.
- die out,
- to cease to exist; become extinct: Both lines of the family died out before the turn of the century.
- to die away; fade; subside: The roar of the engines died out as the rocket vanished into the clouds.
- die hard,
- to die only after a bitter struggle.
- to give way or surrender slowly or with difficulty: Childhood beliefs die hard.
- die standing up, Theater. (of a performance) to be received with silence rather than applause.
- never say die, never give up hope; never abandon one's efforts.
- to die for, stunning; remarkable: That dress is to die for.
Origin of die1
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- any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
- a hollow device of steel, often composed of several pieces to be fitted into a stock, for cutting the threads of bolts or the like.
- one of the separate pieces of such a device.
- a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
- an engraved stamp for impressing a design upon some softer material, as in coining money.
- singular of dice.
- Architecture. dado(def 1).
- to impress, shape, or cut with a die.
- the die is cast, the irrevocable decision has been made; fate has taken charge: The die is cast—I can't turn back.
Origin of die2
Examples from the Web for dying
I am fortunate that I have never been deathly ill, but whenever I have the stomach flu, I most certainly feel like I am dying.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
Gillingham tells Mary that he wants to make their lives simpler, but it sounds a little like the dying of the light.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
“In a country that once fed the world, children were dying of malnourishment,” writes Ivereigh.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Her son peeked out the window and told me his mother had left Havana for La Lisa to visit a dying relative.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
He thinks you're dying to hear how he made the first thousand of himself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For "each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth."
After what she had done for Prissie, if she had a dying wish—But neither of them had thought of her.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He was right about one thing: Gracie Dennis had not the slightest idea of dying.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"He took a sorry time in dying," said the man who sat beside him.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the present participle of die 1
- relating to or occurring at the moment of deatha dying wish
- (of an organism or its cells, organs, etc) to cease all biological activity permanentlyshe died of pneumonia
- (of something inanimate) to cease to exist; come to an endthe memory of her will never die
- (often foll by away, down, or out) to lose strength, power, or energy, esp by degrees
- (often foll by away or down) to become calm or quiet; subsidethe noise slowly died down
- to stop functioningthe engine died
- to languish or pine, as with love, longing, etc
- (usually foll by of) informal to be nearly overcome (with laughter, boredom, etc)
- theol to lack spiritual life within the soul, thus separating it from God and leading to eternal punishment
- (tr) to undergo or suffer (a death of a specified kind) (esp in phrases such as die a saintly death)
- (foll by to) to become indifferent or apathetic (to)to die to the world
- never say die informal never give up
- die hard to cease to exist after resistance or a struggleold habits die hard
- die in harness to die while still working or active, prior to retirement
- be dying (foll by for or an infinitive) to be eager or desperate (for something or to do something)I'm dying to see the new house
- to die for informal highly desirablea salary to die for
- a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device
- a tool of metal, silicon carbide, or other hard material with a conical hole through which wires, rods, or tubes are drawn to reduce their diameter
- an internally-threaded tool for cutting external threadsCompare tap 2 (def. 6)
- a casting mould giving accurate dimensions and a good surface to the object castSee also die-cast
- architect the dado of a pedestal, usually cubic
- another name for dice (def. 2)
- as straight as a die perfectly honest
- the die is cast the decision that commits a person irrevocably to an action has been taken
Word Origin and History for dying
late 13c., "death," verbal noun from die (v.). From mid-15c. as a past participle adjective, "in the process of becoming dead."
mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").
It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.
Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.
early 14c. (as a plural, late 14c. as a singular), from Old French de "die, dice," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian dado, Provençal dat, Catalan dau), perhaps from Latin datum "given," past participle of dare (see date (n.1)), which, in addition to "give," had a secondary sense of "to play" (as a chess piece); or else from "what is given" (by chance or Fortune). Sense of "stamping block or tool" first recorded 1690s.
- To cease living; become dead; expire.
- To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
Idioms and Phrases with dying
see under die.