|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|—vb (often foll by away, down, |
|1.||(of an organism or its cells, organs, etc) to cease all biological activity permanently: she died of pneumonia|
|2.||(of something inanimate) to cease to exist; come to an end: the memory of her will never die|
|3.||to lose strength, power, or energy, esp by degrees|
|4.||to become calm or quiet; subside: the noise slowly died down|
|5.||to stop functioning: the engine died|
|6.||to languish or pine, as with love, longing, etc|
|8.||theol to lack spiritual life within the soul, thus separating it from God and leading to eternal punishment|
|9.||(tr) to undergo or suffer (a death of a specified kind) (esp in phrases such as die a saintly death)|
|11.||informal never say die never give up|
|12.||die hard to cease to exist after resistance or a struggle: old habits die hard|
|13.||die in harness to die while still working or active, prior to retirement|
|14.||be dying to be eager or desperate (for something or to do something): I'm dying to see the new house|
|15.||informal to die for highly desirable: a salary to die for|
|usage It was formerly considered incorrect to use the preposition from after die, but of and from are now both acceptable: he died of/from his injuries|
|1.||a. a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device|
|b. 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|
|2.||Compare tap an internally-threaded tool for cutting external threads|
|3.||See also die-cast a casting mould giving accurate dimensions and a good surface to the object cast|
|4.||architect the dado of a pedestal, usually cubic|
|5.||another name for dice|
|6.||as straight as a die perfectly honest|
|7.||the die is cast the decision that commits a person irrevocably to an action has been taken|
|[C13 dee, from Old French de, perhaps from Vulgar Latin datum (unattested) a piece in games, noun use of past participle of Latin dare to play]|
|1.||the present participle of die|
|2.||relating to or occurring at the moment of death: a dying wish|
v. died, dy·ing (dī'ĭng), dies
To cease living; become dead; expire.
To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
see under die.
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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