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Meaning of dying by Wiktionary Dictionary



    die +‎ -ing


    • IPA: /ˈdaɪ.ɪŋ/, SAMPA: /"daI.IN/
    • Homophone: dyeing


    dying ( not comparable )

    1. Approaching death; about to die; moribund;
      The dying dog was put out of his misery with a single shot!
    2. Declining, or drawing to an end .
      In the dying moments of daylight I glimpsed a sail on the horizon .
    3. Pertaining to the moments before death
      His dying words were of his mother .
    4. ( stand-up comedy ) Failing to evoke laughter from the audience .
    5. Expressing strong desire
      I am dying to do that!


    dying ( countable and uncountable; plural: dyings )

    1. ( plurale tantum ) Those who are currently expiring, moribund .
      The battlefield was littered with the dead and dying .
    2. The process of approaching death; or, less precisely, death itself .



    1. Present participle of die .


Explanation of dying by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be

    2. a dying man
      his dying wish
      a dying fire
      a dying civilization
    3. eagerly desirous

    4. dying to hear who won
    1. the time when something ends

    2. a dying of old hopes

    Definition of dying by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Dying a.
      1. In the act of dying; destined to death; mortal; perishable; as, “dying bodies”.

      2. Of or pertaining to dying or death; as, “dying bed; dying day; dying words; also, simulating a dying state.”

    3. Dying, n. The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life.