Definitions

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

  • v. Present participle of die1.
  • adj. About to die: dying patients.
  • adj. Drawing to an end; declining: in the dying hours of the legislative session.
  • adj. Done or uttered just before death: a dying request.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Approaching death; about to die; moribund;
  • adj. Declining, or drawing to an end.
  • adj. Pertaining to the moments before death
  • adj. Failing to evoke laughter from the audience.
  • adj. Experiencing strong desire
  • n. Those who are currently expiring, moribund.
  • n. The process of approaching death; or, less precisely, death itself.
  • v. Present participle of die.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In the act of dying; destined to death; mortal; perishable.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to dying or death
  • n. The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Physically decaying; failing from life; approaching death or dissolution; moribund: as, a dying man; a dying tree.
  • Mortal; destined to death; perishable: as, dying bodies.
  • Drawing to a close; fading away; failing; languishing: as, the dying year; a dying light.
  • Given, uttered, or manifested just before death: as, dying words; a dying request; dying love.
  • Pertaining to or associated with death: as, a dying hour; a dying bed.
  • n. The act of expiring; loss of life; death.

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

  • adj. in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be
  • n. the time when something ends
  • adj. eagerly desirous

Etymologies

die +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's just awful for a young women and mother to be dying so young (which, of course, does not mean it's not awful for all others in the same or similar situations - that should go without saying). i feel sorry that a young person is going to die, but she courts the media so should expect the stick. * jade goody: dying* only on living! the irony

    All - Digital Spy - Entertainment and Media News

  • I don't think you should stick pins when you're dying -- _dying_! "

    Helbeck of Bannisdale — Volume II

  • Give us a break Sarah, Nobody wants to kill off Grandma but services like Hospice care for the dying is a very important component of health care and helps families cope with the end of life issues that come up when Grandma is dying.

    Palin warns of 'disturbing' health care rationing

  • But on the other hand, my grandmother dying is another once-in-a-lifetime event, and I'm essentially abandoning my mother to deal with it alone.

    The Oscillating Ferrett

  • My stomach gave an involuntary lurch at the word dying, but I tried not to show it.

    The Year I Turned Sixteen

  • Supposing, Andrew, that I did "cross over" -- I believe that's what you call dying, -- that I _did_ want to come back to see how you and the little Katie and Frederik were getting on, how do you think I could manage to do it?

    The Return of Peter Grimm

  • He also wrote out himself what he called his dying request to his children, in case he should die before his brother.

    Tracy Park

  • I wasn't even sure what the word "dying" meant anymore….

    Forbes.com: News

  • Barr teaches a class to help spread the skills of what she calls a dying art.

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  • Anything the Simons can do to cut the cost of production puts them ahead of the game in what they call a dying industry.

    Arkansas Online stories

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  • Not quite the end.

    November 19, 2009

  • "As for those I speak of, I pluck them as a wild fruit, native to this quarter of the earth,--fruit of old trees that have been dying ever since I was a boy and are not yet dead, frequented only by the wood-pecker and the squirrel, deserted now by the owner, who has not faith enough to look under their boughs." - 'Wild Apples', Henry David Thoreau.

    December 14, 2007