- enPR: dī, IPA: /daɪ/, SAMPA: /daI/
- Rhymes: -aɪ
- Homophone: dye, Di, Dai, daye
- ( intransitive ) To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
- Followed by of. General use.
- Followed by from. General use, though somewhat more common in medical or scientific contexts.
- 1865, British Medical Journal, 4 Mar 1865, p. 213:
- 2007, Frank Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Sandworms of Dune, Tor 2007, p. 191:
- Followed by for. Often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes.
- 1961, Joseph Heller, Catch-22, Simon & Schuster 1999, p. 232:
- 2003, Tara Herivel & Paul Wright ( Eds. ), Prison Nation, Routledge 2003, p. 187:
- ( now rare ) Followed by with. Now rare as indicating direct cause.
- 1600, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene 1:
- 1830, Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon, Richards 1854, p. 337:
- ( intransitive ) To be cut off from family or friends .
- ( intransitive, figuratively ) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope .
- ( intransitive, colloquial ) To be mortified or shocked by a situation .
- ( intransitive, of a machine ) to stop working, to break down .
- ( to stop living ): bite the dust, buy the farm, check out, cross over, expire, succumb, give up the ghost, pass, pass away, pass on, be no more, cease to be, go to meet one's maker, be a stiff, push up the daisies, hop off the twig, kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, join the choir invisible
- See also Wikisaurus:die
- ^ J.P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, s.v. "death" ( London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999 ), 150 .
- ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology ( Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003 ) .
- ( plural:: dice ) A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning the human understanding. In: Wikisource. Wikimedia: 2007. § 46 .
- ( plural:: dies ) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth .
- ( plural:: dies ) A device for cutting into a specified shape .
- ( plural:: dies ) A mold for forming metal or plastic objects .
- ( plural:: dies ) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals .
- ( plural:: dice or dies ) A fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer, among those produced by fracturing the wafer as specified in its design, that includes a portion that ( unless defective ) can provide the electronic function for which it was designed, but whose further mechanical subdivision would irreversibly impair that function .
- eid, 'eid, Eid
- ide, IDE
- Die v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.] [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. döe, Sw. dö, 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.]
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.
To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die rather than surrender.
“There is one certain way,” replied the Prince [William of Orange] “ by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last ditch.” Hume ( Hist. of Eng. ).
-- To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died out.
Syn. -- To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.
- Die, n.; pl. in 1 and ( usually ) in 2, Dice ( dīs ); in 4 & 5, Dies ( dīz ). [OE. dee, die, F. dé, fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.]
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 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. 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. 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.
Cutting die ( Mech. ), a thin, deep steel frame, sharpened to a cutting edge, for cutting out articles from leather, cloth, paper, etc. -- The die is cast, the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.
Middle English dien, deien, from Old Norse deyja 'to die, pass away', from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan ( compare Old High German tauwen, Gothic diwans 'mortal' ), from Proto-Indo-European *dheu- 'to die' ( compare Old Norse dá 'catalepsy', Old Irish díth 'end, death', Old Church Slavonic daviti 'to strangle', Armenian di 'corpse', Avestan dvaidī 'we press' ).
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