death meaning

[ deθ ] Pronunciation:   "death" in a sentence
Noun: death  deth
  1. The event of dying or departure from life
    "her death came as a terrible shock"
    - decease, expiry 
  2. The permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism
    "the animal died a painful death" 
  3. The absence of life or state of being dead
    "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life" 
  4. The time when something ends
    "it was the death of all his plans"
    - dying, demise 
  5. The time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    "she stayed until his death"
    - last 
  6. A final state
    - end, destruction 
  7. The act of killing
    "he had two deaths on his conscience"
Noun: Death  deth
  1. The personification of death
    "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"

Derived forms: deaths

See also: deathly, die, mortuary

Type of: alteration, change, end, ending, imaginary being, imaginary creature, kill, killing, modification, organic phenomenon, putting to death, state

Antonym: birth

Part of: life, lifespan, lifetime, life-time

Encyclopedia: Death Death, sudden Death, sudden, cardiac Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture Death, Dungeons and Taxes Party


Irreversible cessation of all bodily functions,manifested by absence of spontaneous breathing and total loss of cardiovascular and cerebral functions. n
1 : the irreversible cessation of all vital functions esp. as indicated by permanent stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain activity : the end of life —see BRAIN DEATH
2 : the cause or occasion of loss of life ‹drinking was the death of him›
3 : the state of being dead ‹in death as in life›


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  1. that motorbike will be the death of you.
  2. indeed, i nearly drank myself to death.
  3. he was badly cut up by the death of his son.
  4. the farm came to him on his father 's death.
  5. we found him in the agonies of death.

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