Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The bed on which a person dies.
  • n. The last hours before death.
  • idiom on (one's) deathbed Close to death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bed on which someone dies
  • n. The last hours before death

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bed in which a person dies; hence, the closing hours of life of one who dies by sickness or the like; the last sickness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bed on which a person dies or is confined in his last sickness.
  • n. Hence A person's last sickness; sickness ending in death.
  • Of or pertaining to a death-bed, or to the circumstances of a person's death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the last few hours before death
  • n. the bed on which a person dies

Etymologies

death +‎ bed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You know, that last week people make what they call deathbed appointments, deathbed pardons.

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  • A deathbed is a matter of nerves and constitution and not of religion.

    Byron's Letter to John Murray

  • He was too dangerous to be released a few weeks ago, but now Jack Straw, in his infinite mercy and wisdom, is prepared to let Biggs die in relative freedom - well, as free as any man can be on his deathbed, that is.

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  • The good father also believed that the last struggle of Champlain on his deathbed was a prophecy.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Learning how to breathe correctly on your deathbed is a bit late in the game for health and longevity.

    The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

  • The power of witness and duty that Will awarded me on his deathbed was an integral part of what I knew and must live to say.

    CLEAR PICTURES

  • One of her favorites is a macabre conceit of her own called the deathbed Oscar.

    Girl from Berlin

  • His deathbed is a rope, four strong nails have killed his hope of climbing down

    The Easter Tree

  • And all the exercises of his deathbed were the prolonged and brightening experience of what he here describes.

    Life of Dr Owen

  • Our dinner was spread on the floor in Lady Hester's favourite apartment; her deathbed was our sideboard, her furniture our fuel; her name our conversation.

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