death

[deth]
noun
1.
the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. Compare brain death.
2.
an instance of this: a death in the family; letters published after his death.
3.
the state of being dead: to lie still in death.
4.
extinction; destruction: It will mean the death of our hopes.
5.
manner of dying: a hero's death.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) the agent of death personified, usually represented as a man or a skeleton carrying a scythe. Compare Grim Reaper.
7.
Also called spiritual death. loss or absence of spiritual life.
8.
Christian Science. the false belief that life comes to an end.
9.
bloodshed or murder: Hitler was responsible for the death of millions.
10.
a cause or occasion of death: You'll be the death of me yet!
11.
Archaic. pestilence; plague. Compare Black Death.
Idioms
12.
at death's door, in serious danger of death; gravely ill: Two survivors of the crash are still at death's door.
13.
be death on, Informal.
a.
to be excessively strict about: That publisher is death on sloppily typed manuscripts.
b.
to be snobbish about or toward.
c.
to be able to cope with easily and successfully: The third baseman is death on pop flies.
14.
do to death,
a.
to kill, especially to murder.
b.
to repeat too often, to the point of becoming monotonous and boring: That theme has been done to death.
15.
in at the death,
a.
Fox Hunting. present at the kill.
b.
present at the climax or conclusion of a situation.
16.
put to death, to kill; execute.
17.
to death, to an extreme degree; thoroughly: sick to death of the heat.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English deeth, Old English dēath; cognate with German Tod, Gothic dauthus; akin to Old Norse deyja to die1; see -th

predeath, noun

dearth, death.


1. decease, demise, passing, departure.


1. birth, life.
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death (dɛθ)
 
n
1.  the permanent end of all functions of life in an organism or some of its cellular components
2.  an instance of this: his death ended an era
3.  a murder or killing: he had five deaths on his conscience
4.  termination or destruction: the death of colonialism
5.  a state of affairs or an experience considered as terrible as death: your constant nagging will be the death of me
6.  a cause or source of death
7.  (usually capital) a personification of death, usually a skeleton or an old man holding a scythe
8.  a.  to death, to the death until dead: bleed to death; a fight to the death
 b.  to death excessively: bored to death
9.  at death's door likely to die soon
10.  informal catch one's death, catch one's death of cold to contract a severe cold
11.  do to death
 a.  to kill
 b.  to overuse (a joke, etc) so that it no longer has any effect
12.  in at the death
 a.  present when an animal that is being hunted is caught and killed
 b.  present at the finish or climax
13.  informal like death warmed up very ill
14.  like grim death as if afraid of one's life
15.  put to death to kill deliberately or execute
 
Related: fatal, lethal, mortal, necro-, thanato-
 
[Old English dēath; related to Old High German tōd death, Gothic dauthus]

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Word Origin & History

death
O.E. deað, from P.Gmc. *dauthaz, from verbal stem *dau- "die" + *-thuz suffix indicating "act, process, condition." Death's-head, a symbol of mortality, is from 1590s. Death row first recorded 1940s. Death knell is attested from 1814; death penalty from 1875; death rate from 1859. Slang be death
on "be very good at" is from 1839. Death wish first recorded 1896. The death-watch beetle (1660s) inhabits houses, makes a ticking noise like a watch, and is superstitiously supposed to portend death.
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Medical Dictionary

death (děth)
n.
The end of life; the permanent cessation of vital bodily functions, as manifested in humans by the loss of heartbeat, the absence of spontaneous breathing, and brain death.

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Science Dictionary
death   (děth)  Pronunciation Key 
The end of life of an organism or cell. In humans and animals, death is manifested by the permanent cessation of vital organic functions, including the absence of heartbeat, spontaneous breathing, and brain activity. Cells die as a result of external injury or by an orderly, programmed series of self-destructive events known as apoptosis. The most common causes of death for humans in well-developed countries are cardiovascular disease, cancer, alzheimer's disease, certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and emphysema, lung infections, and accidents. See also brain death.
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Bible Dictionary

Death definition


may be simply defined as the termination of life. It is represented under a variety of aspects in Scripture: (1.) "The dust shall return to the earth as it was" (Eccl. 12:7). (2.) "Thou takest away their breath, they die" (Ps. 104:29). (3.) It is the dissolution of "our earthly house of this tabernacle" (2 Cor. 5:1); the "putting off this tabernacle" (2 Pet. 1:13, 14). (4.) Being "unclothed" (2 Cor. 5:3, 4). (5.) "Falling on sleep" (Ps. 76:5; Jer. 51:39; Acts 13:36; 2 Pet. 3:9. (6.) "I go whence I shall not return" (Job 10:21); "Make me to know mine end" (Ps. 39:4); "to depart" (Phil. 1:23). The grave is represented as "the gates of death" (Job 38:17; Ps. 9:13; 107:18). The gloomy silence of the grave is spoken of under the figure of the "shadow of death" (Jer. 2:6). Death is the effect of sin (Heb. 2:14), and not a "debt of nature." It is but once (9:27), universal (Gen. 3:19), necessary (Luke 2:28-30). Jesus has by his own death taken away its sting for all his followers (1 Cor. 15:55-57). There is a spiritual death in trespasses and sins, i.e., the death of the soul under the power of sin (Rom. 8:6; Eph. 2:1, 3; Col. 2:13). The "second death" (Rev. 2:11) is the everlasting perdition of the wicked (Rev. 21:8), and "second" in respect to natural or temporal death. THE DEATH OF CHRIST is the procuring cause incidentally of all the blessings men enjoy on earth. But specially it is the procuring cause of the actual salvation of all his people, together with all the means that lead thereto. It does not make their salvation merely possible, but certain (Matt. 18:11; Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 3:13; Eph. 1:7; 2:16; Rom. 8:32-35).

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Idioms & Phrases

death

In addition to the idioms beginning with death, also see at death's door; be the death of; bore to death; catch cold (one's death); fate worse than death; in at the death; kiss of death; look like death (warmed over); matter of life and death; put to death; scare out of one's wits (to death); sign one's own death warrant; thrill to pieces (to death); tickled pink (to death); to death. Also see under dead.

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Encyclopedia

death

the total cessation of life processes that eventually occurs in all living organisms. The state of human death has always been obscured by mystery and superstition, and its precise definition remains controversial, differing according to culture and legal systems.

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Example sentences
Researchers found a 2 percent increase in a patient's risk of death for each
  nursing work shift that was understaffed.
Most states (41) authorize the punishment of death for murder, and occasionally
  for other crimes.
Explosions, death-defying feats and Houdini-like disappearances and
  reappearances keep things lively.
Snow and ice could clog the water-cooled engine, and engine failure usually
  meant death.
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