from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device used for cutting out, forming, or stamping material, especially.
  • noun An engraved metal piece used for impressing a design onto a softer metal, as in coining money.
  • noun One of several component pieces that are fitted into a diestock to cut threads on screws or bolts.
  • noun A part on a machine that punches shaped holes in, cuts, or forms sheet metal, cardboard, or other stock.
  • noun A metal block containing small conical holes through which plastic, metal, or other ductile material is extruded or drawn.
  • noun Architecture The dado of a pedestal, especially when cube-shaped.
  • noun A small cube marked on each side with from one to six dots, usually used in pairs in gambling and in various other games.
  • noun A game of chance using dice.
  • transitive verb To cut, form, or stamp with or as if with a die.
  • idiom (load the dice) To make an outcome highly probable; predetermine a result.
  • idiom (load the dice) To put another at a distinct disadvantage, as through prior maneuver.
  • idiom (no dice) Of no use; futile.
  • idiom (no dice) Used as a refusal to a request.
  • idiom (the die is cast) The decision has been made and is irrevocable.
  • intransitive verb To cease living; become dead; expire.
  • intransitive verb To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
  • intransitive verb To experience an agony or suffering suggestive of that of death.
  • intransitive verb Informal To desire something greatly.
  • intransitive verb To cease operation; stop.
  • intransitive verb To be destroyed, as in combat.
  • intransitive verb To become indifferent.
  • idiom (die hard) To take a long time in passing out of existence.
  • idiom (die hard) To resist against overwhelming, hopeless odds.
  • idiom (die on the vine) To fail, as from lack of support, especially at an early stage.
  • idiom (to die for) Remarkable or highly desirable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete spelling of dye.
  • noun A hard-metal former or working-face for shaping, cutting, or impressing: usually used in pairs. See defs. 5 and 6.
  • To mold or form with a die or with dies.
  • To cease to live; lose or part with life; expire; suffer death; perish: said of sentient beings, and used absolutely (as, all must die), or with of, by, or from, to express the cause of death, or with for to express the object or occasion of dying: as, to die of smallpox, or by violence; to die for one's country.
  • To lose vital power or action; become devitalized or dead: said of plants or parts of plants, as a decayed tree or a withered limb or stem: as, certain plants die down to the ground annually, while their roots live.
  • To sink; faint.
  • To come to an end or come to nothing; cease, or cease to exist; perish; be lost.
  • To come to an end gradually; become extinct by degrees; vanish by or as if by death: usually with away, out, or down.
  • To become less and less subject to, or cease to be under the power or influence of, a thing: followed by to or unto: as, to die to sin.
  • To languish with affection or love.
  • To be consumed with a great yearning or desire; be very desirous; desire keenly or greatly: as, she was just dying to go.
  • In theology, to be cut off from the presence or favor of God; suffer eternal punishment in the world to come.
  • To languish with pleasure or tenderness.
  • To die in a hardened or impenitent state.
  • Synonyms Die, Expire, Decease, Perish. To die is to cease to live, part with life, or become dead from any cause, and under any circumstances; it is the plainest and most direct of the words. Expire is often used as a softer word than die; it means to breathe out the life or emit the last breath. Decease is a euphemism, like expire, but is often an affectation. Perish represents death as occurring under harsh circumstances of some sort, as violence or neglect; it emphasizes the idea of finality.
  • noun A small cube marked on its faces with spots numbering from one to six, used in gaming by being thrown from a box or the hand, the chance being decided by the highest number of spots turned up, and in several Other ways.
  • noun Hazard; chance.
  • noun Any small cube or square block.


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

[Middle English de, gaming die, from Old French, from Latin datum, given, from neuter past participle of dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Middle English dien, probably from Old Norse deyja; see dheu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English dien, deien, from Old Norse deyja ("to die, pass away"), from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan, *diwanan (“to die”) (compare Danish , Low German döen, Middle Dutch doyen, douwen, Old High German touwen), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to pass away; to die”) (compare Old Norse dá 'catalepsy', Old Irish díth 'end, death', Old Church Slavonic daviti 'to strangle', Albanian vdes ("to die"), vdekje ("death"), Armenian դի (di, "corpse"), Avestan dvaidī 'we press').


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  • I love the way this is tagged 'coin collecting'. You can't take it with you, you know...

    November 9, 2008

  • @VanishedOne there's only one way to pay Charon as your cross the river Stix.

    November 9, 2008

  • That's my tag--goes w/ my coin list. I did like the juxtaposition. :-)

    November 10, 2008