Definition of Die

Pronunciation: dīs
v. i.1.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; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
[imp. & p. p. Died ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.]
To die by the roadside of grief and hunger.
- Macaulay.
She will die from want of care.
- Tennyson.
2.To suffer death; to lose life.
In due time Christ died for the ungodly.
- Rom. v. 6.
3.To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
Letting the secret die within his own breast.
- Spectator.
Great deeds can not die.
- Tennyson.
4.To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
His heart died within, and he became as a stone.
- 1 Sam. xxv. 37.
The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca.
- Tatler.
5.To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.
6.To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; - often with out or away.
Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness.
- Spectator.
7.(Arch.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
8.To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
To die in the last ditch
to fight till death; to die rather than surrender.
"There is one certain way," replied the Prince [William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, - I will die in the last ditch."
- Hume (Hist. of Eng. ).
n.1.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.
2.Any small cubical or square body.
Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies.
- Watts.
3.That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
Such is the die of war.
- Spenser.
4.(Arch.) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
5.(Mach.) 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.
Cutting die
(Mech.) a thin, deep steel frame, sharpened to a cutting edge, for cutting out articles from leather, cloth, paper, etc.
The die is cast
the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.

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