What does die mean?

Definitions for die

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word die.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. die, dicenoun

    a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers

  2. dienoun

    a device used for shaping metal

  3. dieverb

    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

  4. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff itverb

    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

  5. dieverb

    suffer or face the pain of death

    "Martyrs may die every day for their faith"

  6. dieverb

    be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame

    "I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered"; "We almost died laughing during the show"

  7. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break downverb

    stop operating or functioning

    "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

  8. dieverb

    feel indifferent towards

    "She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery"

  9. dieverb

    languish as with love or desire

    "She dying for a cigarette"; "I was dying to leave"

  10. die, die outverb

    cut or shape with a die

    "Die out leather for belts"

  11. dieverb

    to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player

  12. die, pall, become flatverb

    lose sparkle or bouquet

    "wine and beer can pall"

  13. dieverb

    disappear or come to an end

    "Their anger died"; "My secret will die with me!"

  14. dieverb

    suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)

    "Whosoever..believes in me shall never die"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dienoun

    Colour; tincture; stain; hue acquired.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    It will help me nothing
    To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me,
    Which makes my whit’st part black. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    We have dainty works of feathers of wonderful lustre, excellent dies, and many. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Darkness we see emerges into light,
    And shining suns descend to sable night:
    Ev’n heav’n itself receives another die,
    When weary’d animals in slumbers lie
    Of midnight ease; another, when the gray
    Of morn preludes the splendor of the day. John Dryden, Fables.

    It is very surprising to see the images of the mind stamped upon the aspect; to see the cheeks take the die of the passions, and appear in all the colours and complexions of thought. Jeremy Collier, of the Aspect.

    First this
    She sends on earth; then that of deeper die
    Steals soft behind. James Thomson, Summer, l. 1685.

  2. Dienoun

    pl. dice.

    Etymology: dé, French; dis, Welsh

    Keep a gamester from the dice, and a good student from his book, and it is wonderful. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    I have set my life upon a cast,
    And I will stand the hazard of the die. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    He knows which way the lot and the die shall fall, as perfectly as if they were already cast. Robert South, Sermons.

    Eftsoons his cruel hand Sir Guyon staid,
    Temp’ring the passion with advisement slow,
    And must’ring might on enemy dismay’d;
    For th’ equal die of war he well did know. Fairy Queen.

    So both to battle fierce arranged are;
    In which his harder fortune was to fall
    Under my spear: such is the die of war. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Thine is the adventure, thine the victory:
    Well has thy fortune turn’d the die for thee. John Dryden, Fables.

  3. Dienoun

    plur. dies. The stamp used in coinage.

    There have been such variety of dies made use of by Wood in stamping his money, that it makes the discovery of counterfeits more difficult. Jonathan Swift.

  4. To DIEverb

    To tinge; to colour; to stain.

    Etymology: Deag, Saxon, a colour.

    So much of death her thoughts
    Had enterain’d, as dy’d her cheeks with pale. John Milton, P. L.

    All white, a virgin saint she sought the skies;
    For marriage, though it sullies not, it dies. Dryden.

  5. To Dieverb

    Etymology: deadian, Saxon.

    Thou do’st kill me with thy unkind falshood; and it grieves me not to die, but it grieves me that thou art the murtherer. Philip Sidney.

    Nor did the third his conquests long survive,
    Dying ere scarce he had begun to live. Joseph Addison, Ovid. Metam.

    Oh let me live my own, and die so too!
    To live and die is all I have to do? Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    The dira only served to confirm him in his first opinion, that it was his destiny to die in the ensuing combat. Dryden.

    Talk not of life or ransom, he replies,
    Patroclus dead, whoever meets me, dies:
    In vain a single Trojan sues for grace;
    But least the sons of Priam’s hateful race:
    Die then, my friend! what boots it to deplore!
    The great, the good Patroclus is no more!
    He, far thy better, was foredoom’d to die;
    And thou, dost thou, bewail mortality. Alexander Pope, Hom. Iliad.

    They often come into the world clear, and with the appearance of sound bodies; which, notwithstanding, have been infected with disease, and have died of it, or at least have been very infirm. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    At first she startles, then she stands amaz’d;
    At last with terror she from thence doth fly,
    And loaths the wat’ry glass wherein she gaz’d,
    And shuns it still, although for thirst she die. Davies.

    He in the loaden vineyard dies for thirst. Addison.

    Hipparchus being passionately fond of his own wife, who was enamoured of Bathyllus, leaped and died of his fall. Addis.

    If I die for it, as no less is threatened me, the king my old master must be relieved. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    What is the love of our neighbour?
    —— The valuing him as the image of God, one for whom Christ died. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catech.

    How now, my lord, why do you keep alone?
    Of sorriest fancies your companion making,
    Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
    With them they think on. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If any sovereignty, on account of his property, had been vested in Adam, which in truth there was not, it would have died with him. John Locke.

    Whatever pleasure any man may take in spreading whispers, he will find greater satisfaction by letting the secret die within his own breast. Spectator, №. 595.

    His heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 1 Sa.

    So long as God shall live, so long shall the damned die. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    To sounds of heav’nly harps she dies away,
    And melts in visions of eternal day. Alexander Pope, Eloi. to Abelard.

    This battle fares like to the morning’s war,
    When dying clouds contend with growing light. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The smaller stains and blemishes may die away and disappear, amidst the brightness that surrounds them; but a blot of a deeper nature casts a shade on all the other beauties, and darkens the whole character. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.

    The young men acknowledged in love-letters, that they died for Rebecca. Tatler, №. 110.

    Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground, and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John xii. 25.


  1. die

    A die refers to a small object with various markings on its faces typically used in games or gambling. It is usually a cube-shaped object with each of its six faces marked with a different number of dots or symbols, varying from one to six. When rolled or thrown, the result is determined by the face that lands face up, which is often used to determine random outcomes or for decision-making purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Die

    of Dice

  2. Dieverb

    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

  3. Dieverb

    to suffer death; to lose life

  4. Dieverb

    to perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished

  5. Dieverb

    to sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc

  6. Dieverb

    to become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin

  7. Dieverb

    to recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away

  8. Dieverb

    to disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face

  9. Dieverb

    to become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor

  10. Dienoun

    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

  11. Dienoun

    any small cubical or square body

  12. Dienoun

    that which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance

  13. Dienoun

    that part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado

  14. Dienoun

    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

  15. Dienoun

    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

  16. Dienoun

    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

  17. Etymology: [OE. dee, die, F. d, fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.]


  1. Die

    A die in the context of integrated circuits is a small block of semiconducting material, on which a given functional circuit is fabricated. Typically, integrated circuits are produced in large batches on a single wafer of electronic-grade silicon or other semiconductor through processes such as photolithography. The wafer is cut into many pieces, each containing one copy of the circuit. Each of these pieces is called a die. There are three commonly used plural forms: dice, dies, and die.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Die

    dī, v.i. to lose life: to perish: to wither: to languish: to become insensible:—pr.p. dy′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. died (dīd).—adj. Die′-away′, languishing.—Die away, to disappear by degrees, become gradually inaudible; Die game, to keep up one's spirit to the last; Die hard, to struggle hard against death, to be long in dying; Die off, to die quickly or in large numbers; Die out, to become extinct, to disappear. [From a Scand. root seen in Ice. deyja, Dan. d[ö]e, Scot. dee; akin to Mid. High Ger. touwen, whence Ger. tod, todt. The A.S. word is steorfan, whence our starve.]

  2. Die

    dī, n. a small cube used in gaming by being thrown from a box: any small cubical body: hazard:—pl. Dice (dīs).—n. Dice′-box.—adj. Diced, ornamented with square or diamond-shaped figures.—ns. Dice′-play; Dice′-play′er, Dī′cer; Dī′cing-house.—The die is cast, the question is decided. [O. Fr. det, pl. dez (Prov. dat, It. dado), from Low L. dadus—L. dātus, given or cast (talus, a piece of bone used in play, being understood). Doublets, dado, date.]

  3. Die

    dī, n. a stamp for impressing coin, &c.: the cubical part of a pedestal:—pl. Dies (dīz).—ns. Die′-sink′er; Die′-sink′ing, the engraving of dies; Die′-stock, a contrivance for holding the dies used in screw-cutting; Die′-work, ornamentation of a metal surface by impressions with a die. [See above.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. die

    Syn. crash. Unlike crash, which is used primarily of hardware, this verb is used of both hardware and software. See also go flatline, casters-up mode.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DIE

    An effect. DIET Frequently a cause.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DIE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Die is ranked #84463 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Die surname appeared 222 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Die.

    60.3% or 134 total occurrences were White.
    25.2% or 56 total occurrences were Black.
    5.8% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    4% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'die' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2027

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'die' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1601

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'die' in Verbs Frequency: #102

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of die in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of die in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of die in a Sentence

  1. Confucius:

    Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.

  2. Kimie Bessho:

    I don't want to die of Covid, if I die, I want to die in a competition after a winning smash.

  3. Austin apollos:

    the day I die will never come tis' that day should be the day I die as I die I shall lie as ashes with the ones I love most

  4. Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid:

    This is how democracies die in the 21st century, they dont die because tanks overtake parliament, they die from the inside.

  5. Terry Pratchett:

    I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds, if I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.

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  • аҧсраAbkhaz
  • gegeeAfrikaans
  • ماتَ, يموت, زهر الطاولة, كعب, زهر النردArabic
  • ölməkAzerbaijani
  • паміра́ць, паме́рці, ко́стка, косцьBelarusian
  • умра̀, издъхвам, умѝрам, щампа, зар, матрицаBulgarian
  • འཆི་བTibetan Standard
  • mervelBreton
  • morir, encuny, dauCatalan, Valencian
  • umřít, kostkaCzech
  • marwWelsh
  • dø, udånde, ophøre, opgive, terningDanish
  • sterben, umkommen, versterben, WürfelGerman
  • αποβιώνω, αποθνήσκω, πεθαίνω, ζάρι, κύβοι, κύβος, ζάριαGreek
  • morti, ĵetpluredro, ludpluredro, ludkubo, ĵetkuboEsperanto
  • morir, perecer, cuña, dadoSpanish
  • kõngema, langema, koolema, lahkuma, hinge heitma, surema, kärvama, täringEstonian
  • مردن, طاسPersian
  • kuolla, hyytyä, arpakuutio, leimasin, sokkeli, noppa, stanssi, muottiFinnish
  • doyggja, andast, terningurFaroese
  • mourir, trépasser, expirer, crever, puce, filière, déFrench
  • stjerre, ferstjerre, deagean, dobbelstienWestern Frisian
  • faigh básIrish
  • eug, caochail, bàsaichScottish Gaelic
  • morrerGalician
  • mano, e'õGuaraní
  • מת, קובייהHebrew
  • मरना, पासाHindi
  • meghal, hal, elromlik, kocka, dobókockaHungarian
  • մահանալ, մեռնել, զառArmenian
  • morir, dato, cuneo, socculo, plynthoInterlingua
  • meninggal, matiIndonesian
  • mortar, lud-kuboIdo
  • sálast, verða bráðkvaddur, týna lífinu, lognast út af, deyja, láta lífið, falla frá, látast, andast, skylja við, drepast, fara yfrum, teningurIcelandic
  • morire, cadere, plinto, dado, piastrina, conio, matriceItalian
  • 心が折れる, 亡くなる, 壊れる, 滅びる, 滅ぶ, 死ぬ, 骰子, 賽子Japanese
  • იღუპება, კამათელიGeorgian
  • өлуKazakh
  • តាយ, អាប៉ោងKhmer
  • 죽다, 주사위Korean
  • مردنKurdish
  • өлүү, жок болуу, каза болууKyrgyz
  • morior, tessera, talus, aleaLatin
  • WierfelLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຕາຍLao
  • numirti, mirti, kauliukasLithuanian
  • nomirt, mirt, kauliņšLatvian
  • mate hirinaki, mate kōngenge, mōnehu, mate tara-ā-whare, mate, mate whawhati tata, hemo, pīroriMāori
  • пцовисува, починува, умира, зар, коцкаMacedonian
  • meninggal, mati, daduMalay
  • mietMaltese
  • ကွယ်လွန်, ဆုံး, သေBurmese
  • het opgeven, het laten afweten, overlijden, sterven, doodgaan, plint, voet, stempel, vorm, matrijs, teerling, dobbelsteen, malDutch
  • dø, døy, stempel, terning, sokkelNorwegian
  • morirOccitan
  • umierać, umrzeć, kostka, kość, matrycaPolish
  • morrer, falecer, soco, dado, molde, soclo, plinto, cunhoPortuguese
  • wañuyQuechua
  • mureir, murirRomansh
  • muri, zarRomanian
  • сдыха́ть, помере́ть, помира́ть, сдо́хнуть, умира́ть, погиба́ть, сконча́ться, поги́бнуть, умере́ть, плашка, кость, ку́бик, игра́льная костьRussian
  • मरतिSanskrit
  • morrire, morri, morre, morririSardinian
  • umreti, умирати, умрети, umrijeti, умријети, umirati, коцка, kockaSerbo-Croatian
  • මැරෙනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
  • zomrieť, umrieť, skonať, kockaSlovak
  • umreti, matrica, vrezilo, kocka, štampiljkaSlovene
  • vdes, zarAlbanian
  • dö, gå bort, avlida, tärningSwedish
  • kufaSwahili
  • இறTamil
  • పరమపదించు, కాలం చేయు, మరణించు, గతించు, చనిపోవు, పాచికTelugu
  • мурданTajik
  • ตาย, ลูกเต๋าThai
  • ölmekTurkmen
  • matayTagalog
  • ölmek, zarTurkish
  • үләргәTatar
  • уме́рти, поме́рти, умира́ти, кі́сткаUkrainian
  • مرناUrdu
  • oʻlmoqUzbek
  • tử, mất, chếtVietnamese
  • deadönVolapük
  • mori, dihoter, creverWalloon
  • Chinese
  • faZulu

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