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Definition die

Etymology 1

From Middle English deyen, from Old English dīeġan and Old Norse deyja, both from Proto-Germanic *dawjaną (“to die”). Displaced Old English sweltan.


die (third-person singular simple present dies, present participle dying, simple past and past participle died)

  1. (intransitive) To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
    1. followed by of; general use:
    2. followed by from; general use, though somewhat more common in the context of medicine or the sciences:
    3. followed by for; often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes:
    4. (now rare) followed by with as an indication of direct cause:
    5. (still current) followed by with as an indication of manner:
  2. (transitive) To stop living and undergo (a specified death).
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To yearn intensely.
  4. (intransitive) To be utterly cut off by family or friends, as if dead.
  5. (intransitive, figuratively) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial, hyperbolic) To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
  7. (figuratively, intransitive, hyperbolic) To be so overcome with emotion or laughter as to be incapacitated.
  8. (intransitive, of a machine) To stop working, to break down.
  9. (intransitive, of a computer program) To abort, to terminate (as an error condition).
  10. To perish; to cease to exist; to become lost or extinct.
  11. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
  12. (often with "to") To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.
  13. (intransitive, video games) To be killed by an enemy. Usually followed by to or another preposition.
  14. (architecture) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where mouldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
  15. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
  16. (of a stand-up comedian or a joke) To fail to evoke laughter from the audience.

Etymology 2

From Middle English dee, from Old French de (Modern French ), from Latin datum, from datus (“given”), the past participle of (“to give”), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (“to lay out, to spread out”).


die (plural dies)

  1. The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
  2. A device for cutting into a specified shape.
  3. A device used to cut an external screw thread. (Internal screw threads are cut with a tap.)
  4. A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.
  5. An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
  6. (electronics) (plural also dice) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.
  7. Any small cubical or square body.

die (plural dice)

  1. A regular polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
  2. (obsolete) That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
  3. (electronics) (plural also dies) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.

Etymology 3

Variant spelling.


die (plural dies)

  1. Obsolete spelling of dye


  1. Obsolete spelling of dye

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