Webster 1913 Edition
The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
☞ Local death is going on at all times and in all parts of the living body, in which individual cells and elements are being cast off and replaced by new; a process essential to life. General death is of two kinds; death of the body as a whole (somatic or systemic death), and death of the tissues. By the former is implied the absolute cessation of the functions of the brain, the circulatory and the respiratory organs; by the latter the entire disappearance of the vital actions of the ultimate structural constituents of the body. When death takes place, the body as a whole dies first, the death of the tissues sometimes not occurring until after a considerable interval.
Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation;
deathof a language can not be exactly compared with the death of a plant.
Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
deaththat I abhor.
Let me die the
deathof the righteous.
Num. xxiii. 10.
Cause of loss of life.
Swiftly flies the feathered
He caught his
deaththe last county sessions.
Personified: The destroyer of life, – conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
Death! great proprietor of all.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was
Rev. vi. 8.
Danger of death.“In deaths oft.”
2 Cor. xi. 23.
Murder; murderous character.
Not to suffer a man of
Loss of spiritual life.
To be carnally minded is
Rom. viii. 6.
Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
deathto them to think of entertaining such doctrines.
And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto
Judg. xvi. 16.
☞ Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc.
Black death, in the Vocabulary.
the separation of a man from civil society, or the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm, entering a monastery, etc.
A kind of viper found in South Africa (
Acanthophis tortor); – so called from the virulence of its venom.
A venomous Australian snake of the family–
Elapidæ, of several species, as the
a bell that announces a death.
a light like that of a candle, viewed by the superstitious as presaging death.–
a cold sweat at the coming on of death.–
a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode death.–
a grapple or struggle for life.–
Death in life,
a condition but little removed from death; a living death.
[Poetic]“Lay lingering out a five years’ death in life.”
the relation or ratio of the number of deaths to the population.–
a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a dying person.–
the boundary of life; the partition dividing life from death.–
a stroke causing death.–
the spasm of death.–
the signal of approaching death.–
An order from the proper authority for the execution of a criminal.
That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy.–
A fatal wound or injury.
The springing of a fatal leak.–
the corruption and perversion of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God.–
The gates of death,
Death applies to the termination of every form of existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words only to the human race. Decease is the term used in law for the removal of a human being out of life in the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes used of distinguished men in general;
as, the. Departure and release are peculiarly terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow.
demiseof Mr. Pitt
Webster 1828 Edition