half dying

dying

[dahy-ing]
adjective
1.
ceasing to live; approaching death; expiring: a dying man.
2.
of, pertaining to, or associated with death: his dying hour.
3.
given, uttered, or manifested just before death: her dying words.
4.
drawing to a close; ending: the dying year.
noun
5.
the act or process of ceasing to live, ending, or drawing to a close.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English. See die1, -ing2, -ing1

half-dying, adjective

dyeing, dying.
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dying (ˈdaɪɪŋ)
 
vb
1.  the present participle of die
 
adj
2.  relating to or occurring at the moment of death: a dying wish

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dying
mid-15c., verbal noun from die.
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die (dī)
v. died, dy·ing (dī'ĭng), dies

  1. To cease living; become dead; expire.

  2. To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.

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