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

  • intransitive v. To cease living; become dead; expire.
  • intransitive v. To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade: The sunlight died in the west.
  • intransitive v. To experience an agony or suffering suggestive of that of death: nearly died of embarrassment.
  • intransitive v. Informal To desire something greatly: I am dying for a box of chocolates. She was dying to see the exhibit.
  • intransitive v. To cease operation; stop: If your vehicle dies, stay with it.
  • intransitive v. To be destroyed, as in combat: could see the remains of two aircraft that had died in the attack.
  • intransitive v. To become indifferent: had died to all worldly concerns.
  • die back Botany To be affected by dieback.
  • die down To lose strength; subside: The winds died down.
  • die off To undergo a sudden, sharp decline in population: Rabbits were dying off in that county.
  • die out To cease living completely; become extinct: tribes and tribal customs that died out centuries ago.
  • idiom die hard To take a long time in passing out of existence: racial prejudices that die hard.
  • idiom die hard To resist against overwhelming, hopeless odds: radicalism that dies hard.
  • idiom die on the vine To fail, as from lack of support, especially at an early stage: a plan that died on the vine.
  • idiom to die for Informal Remarkable or highly desirable.
  • n. A device used for cutting out, forming, or stamping material, especially:
  • n. An engraved metal piece used for impressing a design onto a softer metal, as in coining money.
  • n. One of several component pieces that are fitted into a diestock to cut threads on screws or bolts.
  • n. A part on a machine that punches shaped holes in, cuts, or forms sheet metal, cardboard, or other stock.
  • n. A metal block containing small conical holes through which plastic, metal, or other ductile material is extruded or drawn.
  • n. Architecture The dado of a pedestal, especially when cube-shaped.
  • n. A small cube marked on each side with from one to six dots, usually used in pairs in gambling and in various other games.
  • n. A game of chance using dice.
  • transitive v. 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: "These factors merely load the dice, upping the odds that a household will fall into a certain . . . income distribution” ( Thomas G. Exter).
  • idiom load the dice To put another at a distinct disadvantage, as through prior maneuver: The dice were loaded against the defendant before the trial.
  • 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
  • n. The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
  • n. A device for cutting into a specified shape.
  • n. A device used to cut an external screw thread. (Internal screw threads are cut with a tap.)
  • n. A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.
  • n. An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
  • n. A fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer, among those produced by fracturing the wafer as specified in its design, that includes a portion that (unless defective) can provide the electronic function for which it was designed, but whose further mechanical subdivision would irreversibly impair that function.
  • v. To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
  • v. To stop living and undergo (a specified death).
  • v. To yearn intensely.
  • v. To be utterly cut off by family or friends, as if dead.
  • v. To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
  • v. To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
  • v. to stop working, to break down.
  • v. To abort, to terminate (as an error condition).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See dice.
  • n. Any small cubical or square body.
  • n. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
  • n. That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
  • n.
  • n. A metal or plate (often one of a pair) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc.
  • n. A perforated block, commonly of hardened steel used in connection with a punch, for punching holes, as through plates, or blanks from plates, or for forming cups or capsules, as from sheet metal, by drawing.
  • n. A hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool, made in one piece or composed of several parts, for forming screw threads on bolts, etc.; one of the separate parts which make up such a tool.
  • intransitive v. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death
  • intransitive v. To suffer death; to lose life.
  • intransitive v. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
  • intransitive v. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
  • intransitive v. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.
  • intransitive v. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away.
  • intransitive v. To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
  • intransitive v. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To mold or form with a die or with dies.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of dye.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Hazard; chance.
  • n. Any small cube or square block.
  • n. In architecture, the cubical part of a pedestal between its base and cornice. See cut under dado.
  • n. An engraved stamp used for stamping a design, etc., in some softer material, as in coining money.
  • n. One of two or more pieces of hardened steel forming together a female screw for cutting the threads of screws.
  • n. In metal-working, a bed-plate or disk having an opening in the center, used in a punching-machine to support the metal from which any piece is punched.
  • n. A knife by which blanks of any desired shape and size are cut out, as in the sole-shaped cutting-dies used in shoe-factories.
  • n. A hard-metal former or working-face for shaping, cutting, or impressing: usually used in pairs. See defs. 5 and 6.

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

  • v. lose sparkle or bouquet
  • v. to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
  • v. languish as with love or desire
  • v. suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)
  • v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  • v. disappear or come to an end
  • v. feel indifferent towards
  • v. stop operating or functioning
  • n. a device used for shaping metal
  • v. cut or shape with a die
  • v. be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
  • v. suffer or face the pain of death
  • n. a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods
  • n. a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers


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

Middle English dien, probably from Old Norse deyja; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.
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 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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    November 10, 2008

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    November 9, 2008

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