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die Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers
  2. noun a device used for shaping metal
  3. noun a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods
  4. verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    decease; give-up the ghost; pop off; perish; buy the farm; snuff it; choke; drop dead; pass away; expire; exit; croak; pass; go; kick the bucket; conk; cash in one's chips.
    • She died from cancer
    • The children perished in the fire
    • The patient went peacefully
    • The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
  5. verb suffer or face the pain of death
    • Martyrs may die every day for their faith
  6. verb be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
    • I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered
    • We almost died laughing during the show
  7. verb stop operating or functioning
    give out; give way; break; go; go bad; conk out; fail; break down.
    • The engine finally went
    • The car died on the road
    • The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
    • The coffee maker broke
    • The engine failed on the way to town
    • her eyesight went after the accident
  8. verb feel indifferent towards
    • She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery
  9. verb languish as with love or desire
    • She dying for a cigarette
    • I was dying to leave
  10. verb cut or shape with a die
    die out.
    • Die out leather for belts
  11. verb to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
  12. verb lose sparkle or bouquet
    become flat; pall.
    • wine and beer can pall
  13. verb disappear or come to an end
    • Their anger died
    • My secret will die with me!
  14. verb suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)
    • Whosoever..believes in me shall never die

Die intransitive verb
OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. döe, Sw. , Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afdjan to harass), OFries. dia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen, OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead, Death.
imperfect & past participle Died ; present participle & verbal noun Dying
  1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
    To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. Macaulay.
    She will die from want of care. Tennyson.
  2. To suffer death; to lose life.
    In due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. v. 6.
  3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
    Letting the secret die within his own breast. Spectator.
    Great deeds can not die. Tennyson.
  4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
    His heart died within, and he became as a stone. 1 Sam. xxv. 37.
    The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. Tatler.
  5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.
  6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away.
    Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness. Spectator.
  7. (Arch.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
  8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor. Syn. -- To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.
Die noun
OE. dee, die, F. , fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.
plural in 1 and (usually) in 2, Dice in 4 & 5, Dies
  1. A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See Dice.
  2. Any small cubical or square body.
    Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies. Watts.
  3. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
    Such is the die of war. Spenser.
  4. (Arch.) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
  5. (Mach.) (a) A metal or plate (often one of a pair) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc. (b) A perforated block, commonly of hardened steel used in connection with a punch, for punching holes, as through plates, or blanks from plates, or for forming cups or capsules, as from sheet metal, by drawing. (c) A hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool, made in one piece or composed of several parts, for forming screw threads on bolts, etc.; one of the separate parts which make up such a tool.

Webster 1913