What does death mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. death, decease, expiry(noun)

    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"

  2. death(noun)

    the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism

    "the animal died a painful death"

  3. death(noun)

    the absence of life or state of being dead

    "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

  4. death, dying, demise(noun)

    the time when something ends

    "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"

  5. death, last(noun)

    the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

    "she stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last"

  6. Death(noun)

    the personification of death

    "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"

  7. end, destruction, death(noun)

    a final state

    "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"

  8. death(noun)

    the act of killing

    "he had two deaths on his conscience"


  1. death(Noun)

    The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.

    The death of my grandmother saddened the whole family.

    Etymology: deeth, from deaþ, from *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from *dʰautus. More at die.

  2. death(Noun)

    The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.

    When death walked in, a chill spread through the room.

    Etymology: deeth, from deaþ, from *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from *dʰautus. More at die.

  3. death(Noun)

    Tarot card.

    Etymology: deeth, from deaþ, from *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from *dʰautus. More at die.

  4. Death(ProperNoun)

    The personification of death.

    Etymology: deeth, from deaþ, from *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from *dʰautus. More at die.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Death(verb)

    the cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants

  2. Death(verb)

    total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory

  3. Death(verb)

    manner of dying; act or state of passing from life

  4. Death(verb)

    cause of loss of life

  5. Death(verb)

    personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe

  6. Death(verb)

    danger of death

  7. Death(verb)

    murder; murderous character

  8. Death(verb)

    loss of spiritual life

  9. Death(verb)

    anything so dreadful as to be like death


  1. Death

    Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a particular living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. The death of an organism also results in a permanent absence of consciousness. In human societies, the nature of death has for millennia been a concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical inquiry. This may include a belief in some kind of resurrection, reincarnation or rebirth, or that consciousness permanently ceases to exist, known as oblivion. Commemoration ceremonies after death may include various mourning or funeral practices. The physical remains of a person, commonly known as a corpse or body, are usually interred whole or cremated, though among the world's cultures there are a variety of other methods of mortuary disposal. In the English language, blessings directed towards a dead person include rest in peace, or its initials RIP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Death

    deth, n. state of being dead: extinction or cessation of life: manner of dying: mortality: a deadly plague: cause of death: spiritual lifelessness: the killing of the animal in hunting.—ns. Death′-add′er, a poisonous Australian snake; Death′-ag′ony, the struggle often preceding death; Death′-bed, the bed on which one dies, the last illness; Death′-bell, the passing bell; Death′-blow, a blow that causes death; Death′-damp, a cold, clammy sweat preceding death.—n.pl. Death′-dū′ties, duties paid to government on the inheritance of property, real or personal, after the death of the former owner.—n. Death′-fire, a kind of light supposed to presage death.—adjs. Death′ful, Death′ly, deadly, destructive; Death′less, never dying: everlasting.—n. Death′lessness.—adj. Death′-like (Shak.), like a dead person, deadly.—n. Death′liness.—adj. Death′-marked, marked for or by death, destined to die.—n. Death′-mask, a plaster-cast taken from the face after death.—adj. Death′-prac′tised (Shak.), threatened with death by malicious arts.—ns. Death′-rate, the proportion of deaths to the population; Death′-ratt′le, a rattling in the throat which sometimes accompanies the last uneasy breathings of a dying person; Death's′-door, the point of death; Death's′-head, the skull of a human skeleton, or a figure of it; Death's′-man (Shak.), the public executioner; Death′-stroke, a death-blow; Death′-throe, the dying agony; Death′-tō′ken (Shak.), a sign or token of impending death, a plague-spot; Death′-trap, an unsafe building, vessel, or place that shuts up its occupants to almost certain death; Death′-warr′ant, an order from the authorities for the execution of a criminal; Death′-watch, a watch by a dying person: a popular name for several insects which produce a ticking noise, specially audible in the stillness of a death-chamber; Death′-wound, a wound which caused death.—Death's′-head moth, a species of hawk-moth, having pale markings on the back of the thorax somewhat like a skull.—Be death on, to be fond of, to be good at; Be in at the death, in hunting, to be up on the animal before the dogs have killed it.—Do, or Put, to death, to kill: to cause to be killed.—Gates, or Jaws, of death, death's door, the point of death.—To death, expressive of intensity, very much. [A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. death

    1. To stop sinning suddenly. 2. To resign one's membership in the Ananias Club. 3. A readjustment of life's forces.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Death

    Irreversible cessation of all bodily functions, manifested by absence of spontaneous breathing and total loss of cardiovascular and cerebral functions.

Editors Contribution

  1. Death

    Death is a fact of life. That is to say, it is something that must be faced, encountered, accepted and tasted by all humans and living things someday.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  
  2. Death

    Death is a matter of course. That is to say, it is a natural and expected thing.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  
  3. Death

    Death is a transition from mortality (physical world) into immortality (afterworld).

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  
  4. Death

    Death is not actually the worst thing that can happen to any human or anybody. Rather, it is one of the best things that can happen to any human or anyone. Yes! you heard me right as ever, come to think of it (death) logically. If there is no death here (on earth) those who are going through misery, difficulty, hardship or poverty would keep on experiencing it forever or endlessly. Moreover, if there is no death here (on earth) those who are living life of affluence or luxury would keep on enjoying it forever or endlessly. That is to say, death serves or works as a breaking point between the life of affluence (luxury) and life of adversity (misfortune). Besides that, it (death) terminates the severity, acuteness, excessiveness, intensity or climax of everything and everyone. That is that, QED.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  
  5. Death

    Death is the direct opposite of Life. And it marks the End of Life.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 2, 2018  
  6. Death

    Death is unavoidable, unimpeachably (beyond doubt and criticism). In fact, you can manipulate and escape every other fact of life except death itself.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  
  7. Death

    What is Death? Death is the unavoidable End of every living human and every living thing. -Emeasoba George

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on April 18, 2018  
  8. Death

    To pass on to no longer be living

    The man was ill and soon passed on

    Submitted by Pallato on October 18, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'death' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #426

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'death' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1258

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'death' in Nouns Frequency: #141

How to pronounce death?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say death in sign language?

  1. death


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of death in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of death in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of death in a Sentence

  1. New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder:

    Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death, i wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force.

  2. Terry Pratchett, Sourcery:

    I meant, said Ipslore bitterly, what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile? Death thought about it. Cats, he said eventually. Cats are nice.

  3. King Jehovah Hohenzollern:

    Death is seen as far away as new life becomes closer.

  4. Swami Sivanada:

    If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I sometimes think that we are like Stars in the Galaxy, the Time-travellers, millions and trillions of them are being born and being deceased every moment, as I write this note. Those who are being born right now cannot be seen by us, until the light from them should reach to us after many centuries or milleniums to come. The Stars twinkle, brighten our world, and many a times they burst into Supernova to illuminate the whole of universe. Just like Stars, we too like to leave our marks, with our divine sparks of intelligence that transform into our creations, writings, paintings, poetry, and inventions etc, something that we always struggle to salvage from the inebitable great dance of death. And each Star thus becomes the mirror that reflects that divine light within us, the humans and all the life on Earth alike.

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