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Dictionary Definition

die

Noun

1 small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate random numbers [syn: dice]
2 a device used for shaping metal
3 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

Verb

1 pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass] [ant: be born]
2 suffer or face the pain of death; "Martyrs may die every day for their faith"
3 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"
4 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" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, give out, conk out, go, break, break down]
5 feel indifferent towards; "She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery"
6 languish as with love or desire; "She dying for a cigarette"; "I was dying to leave"
7 cut or shape with a die; "Die out leather for belts" [syn: die out]
8 to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
9 lose sparkle or bouquet; "wine and beer can pall" [syn: pall, become flat]
10 disappear or come to an end; "Their anger died"; "My secret will die with me!"
11 suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense); "Whosoever..believes in me shall never die" [also: dying]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /daɪ/, /daI/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ

Homophones

Etymology 1

From dien, deien < deyja, from , from .

Verb

  1. To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
    My mother died of cancer.
  2. To be cut off from family or friends.
    The day our sister eloped, she died to our mother.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|idiomatic": To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
    He died a little inside each time she refused to speak to him.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|idiomatic": To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
    If anyone sees me wearing this ridiculous outfit, I'll die.
  5. intransitive of a machine to stop working, to break down.
    My car died in the middle of the freeway this morning.
Translations
to stop living
to be cut off from family or friends
  • Dutch: sterven
to become spiritually dead
  • Dutch: sterven
to be mortified or shocked
  • Dutch: sterven
to stop working
  • Dutch: het laten afweten, het opgeven
  • Indonesian: mati
  • Kurdish: مردن

Etymology 2

From dee < de (Modern French dé) < datum < datus, the past participle of dare < .

Noun

  1. (plural: dice) A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning the human understanding. In: Wikisource. Wikimedia: 2007. § 46.
      If a die were marked with one figure or number of spots on four sides, and with another figure or number of spots on the two remaining sides, it would be more probable, that the former would turn up than the latter ;
  2. (plural: dies) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
  3. (plural: dies) A device for cutting into a specified shape.
  4. (plural: dies) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
  5. (plural: dice or dies) A fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer, among those produced by fracturing the wafer as specified in its design, that includes a portion that (unless defective) can provide the electronic function for which it was designed, but whose further mechanical subdivision would irreversibly impair that function.
Usage notes
Using the plural dice as a singular instead of die is considered incorrect by most authorities, but has come into widespread use.
Translations
polyhedron used in games of chance
cubical part of a pedestral
device for cutting into a specified shape
  • Dutch: mal, matrijs, vorm
  • Finnish: muotti, stanssi
  • Slovene: matrica , vrezilo
embossed device used in stamping
fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer

Afrikaans

Article

die

Danish

Noun

die
  1. Milk (of mother).

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • [di]

Pronoun

  1. Masculine, feminine or plural pronoun referring to a thing or a person, further away: that, those
    • die boom — that tree
    • die vrouw — that woman
    • die vensters — those windows

Pronoun

  1. Who, which, that.
    • Ik ken iemand die dat kan. — I know somebody who can do that.

Usage notes

A preceding comma may alter the meaning of a clause starting with a demonstrative adjective. Compare the following sentences:
  • Alle arbeiders die staken zullen op sancties moeten rekenen.
    “All employees that strike will have to count with sanctions.”
  • Alle arbeiders, die staken, zullen op sancties moeten rekenen.
    “All employees, that are striking, will have to count with sanctions.”
In the first sentence, only the striking employees will have to count with sanctions. In the second sentence, it is presupposed that all employees are supporting the strike, and will all suffer under the sanctions.

German

Pronunciation

Article

  1. The; Form of declined form, der
    die Frau — “the woman”
    die Männer — “the men”

Usage notes

The definite article die is the form of der used with the following types of noun phrases:
  • nominative singular feminine
  • accusative singular feminine
  • nominative plural for all genders
  • accusative plural for all genders

Declension

Pronoun

  1. In the context of "in a subordinate clause as a relative pronoun": That; which; who; whom; whose.
    Ich kenne eine Frau, die das kann. — “I know a woman who can do that.”
  2. In the context of "as a demonstrative pronoun": This one; that one; these ones; those ones; she; her; it; they; them
    die da — “that one (or she or they) there”

Usage notes

In a subordinate clause, die indicates a person or thing referenced in the main clause. It is used with plural or feminine singular antecedents.

Interlingua

Noun

  1. A day.

Derived terms

Latin

Noun

  1. day’.
    Sine die — “Without a day”

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

die
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, diē, dié, or diè.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Extensive Definition

Die may refer to: we will al die * Die (manufacturing), material-shaping device

See also

die in German: Die (Begriffsklärung)
die in French: Die
die in Italian: DIE
die in Japanese: Die
die in Norwegian: Die

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

baluster, balustrade, banister, base, be all over, be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be done for, be gone, be lost, be no more, be past, be wiped out, become extinct, become void, bird cage, blow over, bones, burin, burn out, caryatid, cash in, cast, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, check out, colonnade, column, come to naught, come to nothing, conk, conk out, cop out, crap game, crap shooting, craps, croak, crooked dice, cubes, dado, decease, decline, dematerialize, demise, depart, depart this life, dice, die away, die out, disappear, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, drop, dwindle, ebb, elapse, end, engraving tool, erode, etching ball, etching ground, etching needle, etching point, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, fail, fall, fall asleep, fall away, fall off, fizzle, fizzle out, flame out, flee, fly, footstalk, form, go, go away, go dead, go down, go downhill, go off, go out, graver, have it, have its time, have run out, hide, hit a slump, hit rock bottom, hit the skids, intaglio, ivories, jack, kick in, kick off, lapse, last, leave no trace, leave the scene, loaded dice, matrix, melt, melt away, mint, mold, needle, negative, newel-post, part, pass, pass away, pass on, pass out, pass over, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peg out, perish, peter out, pier, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, pip, plaything, plinth, point, poker dice, pole, pop, post, pretty, punch, put off mortality, queen-post, quit this world, reach the depths, retire from sight, return to dust, rocker, run down, run its course, run out, scorper, seal, shaft, shoe last, sink, sink away, slide, slip, slump, socle, sputter and stop, staff, stalk, stall, stamp, stanchion, stand, standard, stem, stick, stop breathing, style, subbase, subside, succumb, suffer an eclipse, surbase, teeth, template, touch bottom, toy, trunk, up and die, upright, vanish, vanish from sight, wane, waste, waste away, wear away, wear off, yield the ghost
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