die, dice

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


(noun) a device used for shaping metal


(noun) 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) suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense); “Whosoever..believes in me shall never die”


(verb) disappear or come to an end; “Their anger died”; “My secret will die with me!”

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 it

(verb) 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”

fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down

(verb) 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”

die, pall, become flat

(verb) lose sparkle or bouquet; “wine and beer can pall”


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

die, die out

(verb) cut or shape with a die; “Die out leather for belts”


(verb) 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”


(verb) languish as with love or desire; “She dying for a cigarette”; “I was dying to leave”


(verb) feel indifferent towards; “She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery”


(verb) suffer or face the pain of death; “Martyrs may die every day for their faith”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


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

(intransitive) To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.

followed by of; general use

followed by from; general use, though somewhat more common in the context of medicine or the sciences

followed by for; often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes

(now, rare) followed by with as an indication of direct cause

(uncommon, nonstandard, outside, video games) followed by to as an indication of direct cause (like from)

(still current) followed by with as an indication of manner

(transitive) To (stop living and) undergo (a specified death).

(intransitive, figuratively) To yearn intensely.

(rare, intransitive) To be or become hated or utterly ignored or cut off, as if dead.

(intransitive, figuratively) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.

(intransitive, colloquial, hyperbolic) To be mortified or shocked by a situation.

(figurative, intransitive, hyperbolic) To be so overcome with emotion or laughter as to be incapacitated.

(intransitive, of a, machine) To stop working, to break down.

(intransitive, of a, computer program) To abort, to terminate (as an error condition).

To perish; to cease to exist; to become lost or extinct.

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

(often with "to") To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.

(architecture) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where mouldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.

To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.

(of a stand-up comedian or a joke) To fail to evoke laughter from the audience.


• (to stop living): bite the dust, bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, cross over, cross the river, expire, succumb, give up the ghost, pass, pass away, pass on, be no more, cease to be, go to meet one's maker, be a stiff, push up the daisies, hop off the twig, kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, join the choir invisible

• See also die

Etymology 2


die (plural dies)

The cubical part of a pedestal; a plinth.

A device for cutting into a specified shape.

A device used to cut an external screw thread. (Internal screw threads are cut with a tap.)

A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.

An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.

(electronics) (plural also dice) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.

Any small cubical or square body.


die (plural dice)

A regular polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.

(obsolete) That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.

(electronics) (plural also dies) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.

Usage notes

The game of dice is singular. Thus in "Dice is a game played with dice," the first occurrence is singular, the second occurrence is plural. See also the usage notes under "dice".


• cube of chance

• cube of fortune

Etymology 3

Variant spelling.


die (plural dies)

Obsolete spelling of dye.



Obsolete spelling of dye.


• 'Eid, 'eid, -ide, EDI, EID, Eid, IDE, IED, Ide, eid, ide

Source: Wiktionary

Die, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.] Etym: [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. döe, Sw. dö, Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afd to harass), OFries. d to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen, OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead, Death.]

1. 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. To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. Macaulay. She will die from want of care. Tennyson.

2. To suffer death; to lose life. In due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. v. 6.

3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished. Letting the secret die within his own breast. Spectator. Great deeds can not die. Tennyson.

4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc. His heart died within, and he became as a stone. 1 Sam. xxv. 37. The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. Tatler.

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

6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away. Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness. Spectator.

7. (Arch.)

Definition: To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.

8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor. To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die rather than surrender. "There is one certain way," replied the Prince [William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last ditch." Hume (Hist. of Eng. ).

– To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died out.


– To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.

Die, n.; pl. in 1 and (usually) in 2, Dice (dis); in 4 & 5, Dies (diz). Etym: [OE. dee, die, F. dé, fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.]

1. 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.

2. Any small cubical or square body. Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies. Watts.

3. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance. Such is the die of war. Spenser.

4. (Arch.)

Definition: That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.

5. (Mach.) (a) 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. (b) 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. (c) 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. Cutting die (Mech.), a thin, deep steel frame, sharpened to a cutting edge, for cutting out articles from leather, cloth, paper, etc.

– The die is cast, the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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