from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of dying; termination of life.
- n. The state of being dead.
- n. The cause of dying: Drugs were the death of him.
- n. A manner of dying: a heroine's death.
- n. A personification of the destroyer of life, usually represented as a skeleton holding a scythe.
- n. Bloodshed; murder.
- n. Execution.
- n. Law Civil death.
- n. The termination or extinction of something: the death of imperialism.
- idiom at death's door Near to death; gravely ill or injured.
- idiom be the death of To distress or irritate to an intolerable degree.
- idiom death on Opposed to or strict about: Our boss is death on casual dressing.
- idiom put to death To execute.
- idiom to death To an intolerable degree; extremely: worried to death.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
- n. The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
- n. The final part of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
- n. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation.
- n. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
- n. Cause of loss of life.
- n. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
- n. Danger of death.
- n. Murder; murderous character.
- n. Loss of spiritual life.
- n. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Cessation of life; that state of a being, animal or vegetable, in which there is a total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions, In the abstract.
- n. Actual.
- n. Figurative or poetical.
- n. [In poetry and poetical prose death is often personified.
- n. A general mortality; a deadly plague; a fatal epidemic: as, the black death (which see, below).
- n. The cessation of life in a particular part of an organic body, as a bone.
- n. A skeleton, or the figure of a skeleton, as the symbol of mortality: as, a death's head.
- n. A cause, agent, or instrument of death.
- n. Imminent deadly peril.
- n. A capital offense; an offense punishable with death.
- n. The state or place of the dead.
- n. The mode or manner of dying.
- n. Something as dreadful as death.
- n. In Scripture: The reverse of spiritual life; the mere physical and sensuous life, without any activity of the spiritual or religious nature.
- n. After physical death, the final doom of those who have lived and died in separation from God and the divine life.
- n. A slaughtering or killing.
- n. To be passionately fond of; have a great liking or capacity for: as, he was death on the sherry.
- n. Mortally; to death.
- n. Synonyms Death, Decease, Demise. See decease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the time when something ends
- n. a final state
- n. the absence of life or state of being dead
- n. the personification of death
- n. the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism
- n. the event of dying or departure from life
- n. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
- n. the act of killing
Middle English deeth, from Old English dēath; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English deeth, from Old English dēaþ, from Proto-Germanic *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰówtus. More at die. (Wiktionary)