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Meaning of DEATH

Pronunciation:  deth, deth

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of killing; "he had two deaths on his conscience"
  2. [n]  the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
  3. [n]  the personification of death; "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"
  4. [n]  the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; "the animal died a painful death"
  5. [n]  the absence of life or state of being dead; "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"
  6. [n]  a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
  7. [n]  the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; "she stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last"
  8. [n]  the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"

DEATH is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decease, demise, destruction, dying, end, last
 Antonyms: birth, birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
 See Also: alteration, brain death, cell death, cerebral death, change, cot death, crib death, Crucifixion, defunctness, departure, end, ending, eternal rest, eternal sleep, exit, expiration, extinction, fatality, gangrene, going, grave, grim reaper, human death, imaginary being, imaginary creature, infant death, kill, killing, life, lifespan, lifetime, loss, martyrdom, megadeath, modification, mortification, necrobiosis, necrosis, neonatal death, organic phenomenon, passing, putting to death, quietus, reaper, release, rest, SIDS, sleep, sphacelus, state, sudden infant death syndrome



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Death\, n. [OE. deth, dea?, AS. de['a]?; akin to OS. d??,
D. dood, G. tod, Icel. dau?i, Sw. & Dan. d["o]d, Goth.
daupus; from a verb meaning to die. See {Die}, v. i., and cf.
1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of
   resuscitation, either in animals or plants.

Note: Local death is going on at times and in all parts of
      the living body, in which individual cells and elements
      are being cast off and replaced by new; a process
      essential to life. General death is of two kinds; death
      of the body as a whole (somatic or systemic death), and
      death of the tissues. By the former is implied the
      absolute cessation of the functions of the brain, the
      circulatory and the respiratory organs; by the latter
      the entire disappearance of the vital actions of the
      ultimate structural constituents of the body. When
      death takes place, the body as a whole dies first, the
      death of the tissues sometimes not occurring until
      after a considerable interval. --Huxley.

2. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the
   death of memory.

         The death of a language can not be exactly compared
         with the death of a plant.            --J. Peile.

3. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.

         A death that I abhor.                 --Shak.

         Let me die the death of the righteous. --Num. xxiii.

4. Cause of loss of life.

         Swiftly flies the feathered death.    --Dryden.

         He caught his death the last county sessions.

5. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally
   represented as a skeleton with a scythe.

         Death! great proprietor of all.       --Young.

         And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name
         that at on him was Death.             --Rev. vi. 8.

6. Danger of death. ``In deaths oft.'' --2 Cor. xi. 23.

7. Murder; murderous character.

         Not to suffer a man of death to live. --Bacon.

8. (Theol.) Loss of spiritual life.

         To be ??????? m????? is death.        --Rom. viii.

9. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.

         It was death to them to think of entertaining such
         doctrines.                            --Atterbury.

         And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto
         death.                                --Judg. xvi.

Note: Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of
      a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to
      death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or
      death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc.

{Black death}. See {Black death}, in the Vocabulary.

{Civil death}, the separation of a man from civil society, or
   the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as
   by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm,
   entering a monastery, etc. --Blackstone.

{Death adder}. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) A kind of viper found in South Africa ({Acanthophis
       tortor}); -- so called from the virulence of its
   (b) A venomous Australian snake of the family
       {Elapid[ae]}, of several species, as the
       {Hoplocephalus superbus} and {Acanthopis antarctica}.

{Death bell}, a bell that announces a death.

         The death bell thrice was heard to ring. --Mickle.

{Death candle}, a light like that of a candle, viewed by the
   superstitious as presaging death.

{Death damp}, a cold sweat at the coming on of death.

{Death fire}, a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode

         And round about in reel and rout, The death fires
         danced at night.                      --Coleridge.

{Death grapple}, a grapple or struggle for life.

{Death in life}, a condition but little removed from death; a
   living death. [Poetic] ``Lay lingering out a five years'
   death in life.'' --Tennyson.

{Death knell}, a stroke or tolling of a bell, announcing a

{Death rate}, the relation or ratio of the number of deaths
   to the population.

         At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than
         in rural districts.                   --Darwin.

{Death rattle}, a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a
   dying person.

{Death's door}, the boundary of life; the partition dividing
   life from death.

{Death stroke}, a stroke causing death.

{Death throe}, the spasm of death.

{Death token}, the signal of approaching death.

{Death warrant}.
   (a) (Law) An order from the proper authority for the
       execution of a criminal.
   (b) That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy.

{Death wound}.
   (a) A fatal wound or injury.
   (b) (Naut.) The springing of a fatal leak.

{Spiritual death} (Scripture), the corruption and perversion
   of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God.

{The gates of death}, the grave.

         Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? --Job
                                               xxxviii. 17.

{The second death}, condemnation to eternal separation from
   God. --Rev. ii. 11.

{To be the death of}, to be the cause of death to; to make
   die. ``It was one who should be the death of both his
   parents.'' --Milton.

Syn: {Death}, {Decease}, {Demise}, {Departure}, {Release}.

Usage: Death applies to the termination of every form of
       existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words
       only to the human race. Decease is the term used in
       law for the removal of a human being out of life in
       the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly
       confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes
       used of distinguished men in general; as, the demise
       of Mr. Pitt. Departure and release are peculiarly
       terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death
       is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a
       friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a
       deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming about the death of a loved one, suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what do you like about him. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationship or circumstances. Alternatively, it indicates that whatever that person represents has no part in your own life.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The definitions of death and life may be a philosophical, ethical, cultural, and legal issue.

Traditionally, a physical examination of the patient confirming the absence of clinical signs (pulses, respiration, movements, pupillary size and reactions to light) is sufficient prior to a declaration of death.

Three major considerations lead to a more elaborate set of criteria for the clinical definition of death:

  1. Complete absence of clinical signs on a patient can be maintained with modern anesthetic techniques.
  2. Some patients found with no pulse or respiration due to exposure to hypothermia can be later resuscitated.
  3. A patient without integrated brain function may be mechanically ventilated, have a strong pulse and good circulation, as is often found in patients of trauma, or patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, despite the fact that there is no expectation of the patient ever regaining brain function.
The concept of brain death is now accepted by many jurisdictions as the legal definition of death.

Easton Bible Dictionary

may be simply defined as the termination of life. It is represented under a variety of aspects in Scripture: (1.) "The dust shall return to the earth as it was" (Eccl. 12:7).

(2.) "Thou takest away their breath, they die" (Ps. 104:29).

(3.) It is the dissolution of "our earthly house of this tabernacle" (2 Cor. 5:1); the "putting off this tabernacle" (2 Pet. 1:13, 14).

(4.) Being "unclothed" (2 Cor. 5:3, 4).

(5.) "Falling on sleep" (Ps. 76:5; Jer. 51:39; Acts 13:36; 2 Pet. 3:9.

(6.) "I go whence I shall not return" (Job 10:21); "Make me to know mine end" (Ps. 39:4); "to depart" (Phil. 1:23).

The grave is represented as "the gates of death" (Job 38:17; Ps. 9:13; 107:18). The gloomy silence of the grave is spoken of under the figure of the "shadow of death" (Jer. 2:6).

Death is the effect of sin (Heb. 2:14), and not a "debt of nature." It is but once (9:27), universal (Gen. 3:19), necessary (Luke 2:28-30). Jesus has by his own death taken away its sting for all his followers (1 Cor. 15:55-57).

There is a spiritual death in trespasses and sins, i.e., the death of the soul under the power of sin (Rom. 8:6; Eph. 2:1, 3; Col. 2:13).

The "second death" (Rev. 2:11) is the everlasting perdition of the wicked (Rev. 21:8), and "second" in respect to natural or temporal death.

THE DEATH OF CHRIST is the procuring cause incidentally of all the blessings men enjoy on earth. But specially it is the procuring cause of the actual salvation of all his people, together with all the means that lead thereto. It does not make their salvation merely possible, but certain (Matt. 18:11; Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 3:13; Eph. 1:7; 2:16; Rom. 8:32-35).

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