What does perish mean?

Definitions for perish
ˈpɛr ɪʃper·ish

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. perishverb

    To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.

  2. perishverb

    To die; to cease to live.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERISHverb

    To destroy; to decay. Not in use.

    The splitting rocks cow’r’d in the sinking sands,
    And would not dash me with their ragged sides;
    Because thy flinty heart, more hard than they,
    Might in thy palace perish Margaret. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Rise, prepar’d in black, to mourn thy perish’d lord. Dryden.

    He was so reserved, that he would impart his secrets to nobody; whereupon this closeness did a little perish his understandings. Jeremy Collier, on Friendship.

    Familiar now with grief your ears refrain,
    And in the publick woe forget your own,
    You weep not for a perish’d lord alone. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Perishverb

    Etymology: perir, Fr. perco, Lat.

    I burn, I pine, I perish,
    If I atchieve not this young modest girl. William Shakespeare.

    If I have seen any perish for want of cloathing, then let mine arm fall from my shoulder-blade. Job xxxi. 29.

    He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. Job xxxiii. 18.

    They perish quickly from off the good land. Deut. xi. 18.

    I perish with hunger. Luke xv. 17.

    The sick, when their case comes to be thought desperate, are carried out and laid on the earth to perish without assistance or pity. John Locke.

    Characters drawn on dust, that the first breath of wind effaces, are altogether as useful as the thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking. John Locke.

    Exposing their children, and leaving them in the fields to perish by want, has been the practice. John Locke.

    Still when the lust of tyrant pow’r succeeds,
    Some Athens perishes, or some Marcus Tullius Cicero bleeds. Alexander Pope.

    In the Iliad, the anger of Achilles had caused the death of so many Grecians; and in the Odyssey, the subjects perished through their own fault. Alexander Pope.

    Duration, and time which is a part of it, is the idea we have of perishing distance, of which no two parts exist together, but follow in succession; as expansion is the idea of lasting distance, all whose parts exist together. John Locke.

    These, as natural brute beasts made to be destroyed, speak evil of the things they understand not, and shall utterly perish. 2 Peter ii. 12.

    O suffer me not to perish in my sins, Lord carest thou not that I perish, who wilt that all should be saved, and that none should perish. Anne Mor(e)ton, Daily Exercise.


  1. Perish

    Perish is the first single from the fourth studio album Gift by alternative rock band Curve. It was released on 28 October 2002 only on CD format and it reached #168 in the UK singles chart. This single includes a radio version of the "Perish", the album track "Want More Need Less" from Gift and a reworked version of "Recovery" from Pink Girl With the Blues/Come Clean.


  1. perish

    Perish refers to the action of dying, being destroyed or deteriorating completely, often in a violent or sudden way. This term can apply to living organisms, inanimate objects, or even abstract concepts, indicating the end or cessation of existence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perishverb

    to be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away

  2. Perishverb

    to cause perish

  3. Etymology: [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. prir, p. pr. prissant, L. perire to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. Issue, and see -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perish

    per′ish, v.i. to pass away completely: to waste away: to decay: to lose life: to be destroyed: to be ruined or lost.—ns. Perishabil′ity, Per′ishableness, the quality of being liable to speedy decay or destruction.—adj. Per′ishable, that may perish: subject to speedy decay.—adv. Per′ishably.—v.i. Per′ishen (Spens.), to perish. [O. Fr. perir, pr.p. perissant—L. perīre, to perish—per, completely, īre, to go.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Perish is ranked #98099 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Perish surname appeared 185 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Perish.

    88.1% or 163 total occurrences were White.
    5.9% or 11 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of perish in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Lincoln:

    Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  2. Euripides:

    When good men die their goodness does not perish, But lives though they are gone. As for the bad, All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.

  3. Scott Goodwin:

    I thought he was a hostile .?.?. to be honest, I was terrified, i’d probably perish or be sent to the hospital and be terribly hurt.

  4. Kahlil Gibran:

    If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.

  5. Richard Fuller:

    For instance, Germany has protected areas for over 98 percent of the migratory species that pass its borders, but fewer than 13 percent of its species are adequately protected across their global range, it won’t matter what we do in Australia or in Europe if these birds are losing their habitat somewhere else – they will still perish.

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    a meter that shows mileage traversed
    • A. odometer
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