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

  • adjective About to die.
  • adjective Drawing to an end; declining.
  • adjective Done or uttered just before death.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of expiring; loss of life; death.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Approaching death; about to die; moribund;
  • adjective Declining, or drawing to an end.
  • adjective Pertaining to the moments before death
  • adjective stand-up comedy Failing to evoke laughter from the audience.
  • adjective Experiencing strong desire
  • noun plurale tantum Those who are currently expiring, moribund.
  • noun The process of approaching death; or, less precisely, death itself.
  • verb Present participle of die.

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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  • "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

  • Not quite the end.

    November 19, 2009

  • These are some good definitions. Good job, lexicographers of the past.

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