Main definitions of die in English

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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of a person, animal, or plant) stop living.

    with object ‘the king died a violent death’
    ‘she died of cancer’
    ‘the sheep died from the heat’
    • ‘This scheme failed because most of the trees died from lack of moisture.’
    • ‘So dinosaurs died from allergic reactions to these new, poisonous intruders.’
    • ‘How many people have seen a fox dying from lead shot poisoning?’
    • ‘The veterinarian cooperated and at least for the record stated that the cow had died of natural causes.’
    • ‘The fish farmers had to stop their activities, as their fish and shrimp died from the pollution.’
    • ‘An announcement was made that a Siamese cat had died of a spongiform encephalopathy.’
    • ‘In fact, I can't recall any account of an oak tree actually dying from old age; it may be that they go on and on, changing form and surviving until some accident destroys them.’
    • ‘Thirty thousand children were already dying needless deaths daily.’
    • ‘Thousands of children dying horrible deaths because the American people chose to wallow in apathy.’
    • ‘Men attempted to claw their way out, perhaps asking themselves how they ended up in such a remote location, dying the loneliest of deaths.’
    • ‘He went on to say that there is a difference between dying from cancer and living with cancer.’
    • ‘Mr Bates died of hypothermia and emphysema, while Mrs Bates died from coronary heart disease.’
    • ‘The doctor asked what his mother had died of, and Sixty Five told him that she had died from an aneurism at 52.’
    • ‘My father died from mineworkers' pneumoconiosis and my father-in-law died of emphysema.’
    • ‘An elderly woman and a pet dog died in a head-on collision on the A19 today.’
    • ‘John collapsed and died of a brain haemorrhage in the kitchen of the house in Southampton after a night out with friends.’
    • ‘Oxfam, to take one example, pay less because they're doing a serious job in the scrag-ends of the planet to stop people from dying from extreme dehydration.’
    • ‘She would have died a normal death otherwise within a couple days of her collapse in 1990.’
    • ‘His family have put up the first posters in their campaign to stop other children dying from solvent abuse.’
    • ‘As soon as flowers die, cut back plants to 6 inches from the soil level.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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    1. 1.1die for Be killed for (a cause)
      ‘they were prepared to die for their country’
      • ‘There has to be someone out there who is willing to take that chance of dying for their country.’
      • ‘They're trying to tell the Western public this is what your boys are dying for.’
      • ‘But the dream our men and women are dying for today - that's a dream worth fighting for.’
      • ‘If so, name one thing worth dying for and tell me why you feel so strongly about it’
      • ‘He said their families can rest assured that their sons and daughters died for a noble cause.’
      • ‘Is this the so-called democracy all these people have died and are dying for?’
      • ‘I like the fact that these kids are serving for the right reasons, and some dying for the right reasons.’
      • ‘I hate these guys because they want the credit for something which people have died for.’
      • ‘It took seventy years and fifty million deaths until nobody would kill or die for Bolshevism.’
      • ‘They're convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for.’
      • ‘Is it right for conformist journalists to assume moral superiority over a man prepared to kill and die for his beliefs?’
      • ‘You seem to have the most passionate beliefs, that you'd die for, or kill for, but you in fact have none.’
      • ‘They may turn themselves over completely to their savior and be willing to kill or die for him or her.’
      • ‘There are some things worth fighting and dying for, and making America safer is one of them.’
      • ‘To kill or die for religion is an archaic ploy dusted and re-enforced every century.’
      • ‘The point may seem obvious, but the public does not choose causes worth dying for; elites do it for them.’
      • ‘Most of us would gladly die for our children yet could be responsible for slowly killing them by allowing bouts of inactivity to go unchecked.’
      • ‘American soldiers are dying for a cause they are not quite so sure about.’
      • ‘Please, Rachel, give a little respect for those who are prepared to fight and die for our country.’
      • ‘Even if I was an undocumented immigrant, I could still end up dying for Uncle Sam.’
    2. 1.2with complement Have a specified status at the time of one's death.
      ‘the inventor died a pauper’
      • ‘What does his dying a Jew have to do with anything?’
      • ‘She died destitute and forgotten in a bedsit in the south of France in 1984.’
      • ‘Will the estate of a Muslim who dies intestate be handled by the arbitrator?’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he died penniless and almost forgotten in a shabby one-room apartment in New York.’
      • ‘Showing no attachment to his native land, he eventually immigrated to the United States, dying a janitor in Pasadena.’
      • ‘Does he have greater world recognition and importance in his own terms, than he does if he dies a martyr?’
    3. 1.3die out Become extinct.
      ‘many species died out’
      • ‘However, due to climate changes and other pressures, many species began to die out.’
      • ‘The biologist said the rare type of red squirrel was important because more genetically diverse species were less likely to die out.’
      • ‘Isn't it a pity some of our oldest traditions are dying out?’
      • ‘The traditional whisky market is literally dying out.’
      • ‘Soon, if that trade isn't stopped, some species could die out altogether, said Prof Roberts.’
      • ‘Natural capital can clearly be depreciated when, for example, a non-renewable resource such as oil is used up, or when a species dies out, or when air pollution increases.’
      • ‘In the intervening period there was a host of different hominid species, many of which died out.’
      • ‘Languages are like lifeforms; when one dies out, a lifeform has become extinct.’
      • ‘Those with a scientific background of botany should take up a detailed study of endangered plant species to determine why they are dying out.’
      • ‘The quilt symbolizes the need to preserve the country's folk art, which is in danger of dying out.’
      • ‘They attract an older clientele and they are dying out.’
      • ‘Scots are dying out, and unless we can reverse the decline in our population we are entering the early years of the final, great Clearance of Scotland.’
      • ‘This will be in the same way that species die out if they do not physically adapt to events and their environment.’
      • ‘Currently we are living through the largest species extinction event since the Dinosaurs died out.’
      • ‘In every county in Britain, common wild flowers are becoming scarcer, while scarce species may be dying out altogether.’
      • ‘About 30% of livestock breeds are close to extinction, and at least one breed of traditional livestock dies out every week’
      • ‘But this is the first time that a species which completely died out in Britain has been reintroduced.’
      • ‘Hittite, for example, died out when its civilisation disappeared in Old Testament times.’
      • ‘So much for the claim that the Irish language is dying out.’
      • ‘They are dying out because the wild flowers on which their caterpillars feed are being killed off by farmers, landowners and foresters.’
      become extinct, vanish, disappear, cease to be, cease to exist, be no more, perish, pass into oblivion
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    4. 1.4 Be forgotten.
      ‘her genius has assured her name will never die’
    5. 1.5with adverbial Become less loud or strong.
      ‘after a while, the noise died down’
      ‘at last the storm died away’
      • ‘The hype has died down, and the MFSA appears to think that its job is done.’
      • ‘On Friday, even as the fighting had died down, it was still impossible to enter the camp to check the stories we had heard.’
      • ‘But that controversy had hardly died down when we had another and even better example.’
      • ‘It all died down, but not before leaving Amir's already fragile temperament somewhat more frayed.’
      • ‘When the fuss died down, the Charnock forward scored from the spot to take them 2-1 up.’
      • ‘The night sky was lit up in the distance by lightning, but the winds had died down and the rain no longer fell.’
      • ‘As the hysteria died down, a deep gloom fell over America which was to last over two months.’
      • ‘By the time the laughter died down, 11 people needed treatment for tear gas inhalation.’
      • ‘It seems to have died down now that the song's popularity has waned.’
      • ‘A week later, once my bruising had died down, I obtained a new photocard and handed in the form to report the loss and claim a replacement.’
      • ‘Brook took herself off to America until all the fuss died down.’
      • ‘The family fled, returning to Kabul in early 1996 when fighting died down.’
      • ‘Just as you think that the threat has died down, then an attack like this happens.’
      • ‘Antiwar demonstrations have died down, but the nude protest idea seems to have caught on.’
      • ‘The only rival is the slowly dying influence of ‘metaphysical’ verse of the English Renaissance.’
      • ‘There are some simple facts here that make this case totally irrelevant to the future of digital media, merely the dying influence of outmoded copyright law.’
      • ‘Friday was a bit of a false start as the contractions, if that is indeed what they were died away on Saturday.’
      • ‘If you are thinking of going wait till the frenzy has died down.’
      • ‘The controversy has apparently not died down as many people raise the issue as a topic of discussion on the Internet.’
      • ‘After the song died down, there was a loud applause and a lot of cheers from the crowd.’
      fade, fall away, dwindle, melt away, dissolve, subside, decline, sink, lapse, ebb, wane, wilt, wither, evanesce, come to an end, end, vanish, disappear
      fade, fade away, fall away, dwindle, melt away, subside, ebb, wane, come to an end
      abate, subside, drop, drop off, drop away, fall away, lessen, ease, ease off, let up, decrease, diminish, moderate, decline, fade, dwindle, slacken, recede, tail off, peter out, taper off, wane, ebb, relent, become weaker, weaken, come to an end
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    6. 1.6die back (of a plant) decay from the tip toward the root.
      ‘rhubarb dies back to a crown of buds each winter’
      • ‘As the flowers die the stems become woody and the blooms dry while the foliage dies back and the plant takes on its winter form.’
      • ‘This is a funny time of year in the garden with many plants dying back and everything tending to look rather messy and damp.’
      • ‘Herbaceous plants that are dying back may be prone to fungal attack and can look awful, but don't be too hasty.’
      • ‘The plants will begin to die back by February or March, when they will be ‘flailed’ and the ground will be fertilised ready for next year's crop.’
      • ‘To harvest potatoes for storage, wait until the plants have died back completely.’
      • ‘Their above-ground parts die back, but their roots overwinter, and the plants resprout in the spring.’
      • ‘But grasses are poor fodder: tough, low in nutrients, high in tooth-destroying silicates, and dying back to the roots in cold weather.’
      • ‘A herbaceous perennial, this plant dies back at the end of summer and remains dormant until late winter when leaves gradually begin to break through the surface of the soil and unfurl.’
      • ‘In Texas' mild winter climate, sometimes only the lemongrass foliage dies back while the roots remain healthy.’
      • ‘While out digging, put in a few patches of winter pansies or a clump of ornamental cabbages to give a little brightness as other plants finally die back or lose their leaves.’
    7. 1.7die off Die one after another until few or none are left.
      ‘the original founders died off or retired’
      • ‘After blooming in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off.’
      • ‘I've known them all my adult life, all these people, and they're already dying off and my turn will come of course along with everyone else.’
      • ‘‘As younger physicians don't stay or start new practices, and older doctors are retiring or dying off, those of us in the middle are asked to do more and more,’ declares Ruben.’
      • ‘But time goes by, and your friends start getting older and dying off one by one, and you just start realizing life isn't that precious.’
      • ‘While the language has lost 6,000 speakers in the past 10 years - mainly by older Gaels dying off - its numbers have been boosted by greater numbers of young people learning the language at school.’
      • ‘Be sure to thoroughly saturate underneath the leaves as well as top surfaces, and repeat every day for at least three or four days until most of the colony has died off.’
      • ‘Sadly a recession in trade followed and with the old soldiers dying off we couldn't stay open.’
      • ‘It sounds like he's hoping that we'll all die off soon and end the arguments.’
      • ‘Since there are not enough males and females to propagate the race, both families eventually die off.’
      • ‘Until they die off, I fear we'll have little chance of being taken seriously.’
      • ‘It's been said that the World War II generation is dying off at the rate of a thousand souls a day.’
      • ‘‘Our volunteers are finding far too often that the colleagues they are sharing and developing skills with are dying off around them,’ said VSO chief executive Mark Goldring.’
      • ‘Andrew Neil as publisher would be a blessing for the Telegraph, worried that its purchasers, often as old as the Conservative Party's average member, are dying off.’
      • ‘This mechanism also would explain why post-Soviet males are dying off at such young ages.’
      • ‘As aging Brazil-nut trees die off, they will not be replaced.’
      • ‘We will leave the flowers until they have died off completely and then remove them.’
      • ‘First, management has to give up the naive notion that it can survive by simply holding on until the retiree base begins dying off later this decade.’
      • ‘But that generation is really dying off or retiring.’
      • ‘I am reminded of so many prominent investigations where witnesses start to die off just before they are to testify.’
      • ‘Adding to the problem of declining numbers is that a lot of old horsemen have been dying off, and their sons have decided not to carry on.’
    8. 1.8 (of a fire or light) stop burning or gleaming.
      • ‘After the Wolfman does his ring walk, an electrical circuit trips and the lights die.’
      • ‘The flame died and I squished the roach with the end of the lighter just to make sure he was dead.’
      • ‘The fire started to die, and the shadows were getting creepy, especially the shadows around Desi's face.’
      • ‘The fires are dying; other figures are spotted, hard to distinguish amongst the wisps of vapour that drift across the scene.’
      • ‘The fire had begun to die down and Sei could fell the room growing colder.’
      • ‘Over the next few days, after the Yule log has died to an ember, we will attempt to clarify those hard choices for readers.’
      • ‘When the flames finally died, the two warriors were nothing more than charred ashes.’
      • ‘We watched the sunlight dying, hugging each other close in the crisp cool air.’
      • ‘The fire had died to a pile of small, glowing coals that scattered into a shower of sparks when I threw a pair of logs in.’
      • ‘When the flames have died, pour in the dry sherry then the cream.’
      • ‘I am left alone, to wake and guard, until the seven fires die, and the fire in the pit also goes out.’
      • ‘Give the skillet a good shake or three to get everything mixed together after the flames die down.’
      • ‘The mile long rip in the canopy was still visible, though the flames had died long ago.’
      • ‘As the daylight died, the shadows came to life and began to prowl about the hedges and corners of houses.’
      • ‘When the last of the natural light had died I heard Mathias' voice boom out through the night sky like the last guest trying to hail a cab home.’
      • ‘Luckily the flames die down leaving a soggy mess of paper and cloth.’
      • ‘When the flame died, we poured a measure of water equal to the amount of absinthe into the glass.’
      • ‘Toward the end of his life the fiery disdain of his youth died to warm embers.’
      • ‘My quarters were cold and dark, the flames in the hearth having died to a small pile of glowing embers.’
      • ‘As the fire dies down, a cuckoo fills the forest with its unmistakable call.’
    9. 1.9informal (of a machine) stop functioning or run out of electric charge.
      ‘three toasters have died on me’
      ‘my cell phone died while I was trying to contact him’
      • ‘The engine died as he pulled into the spot and the transmission made a horrible, grinding noise as he shifted into park.’
      • ‘In the first race in the Chase, at New Hampshire, he had a strong car and led before his engine died.’
      • ‘If your engine dies in your car, you slow down and stop.’
      • ‘I had to reformat once when I installed the wrong soundcard drivers and again when I tried to install SP2 and it died on me.’
      • ‘I took a deep breath and pulled over to park, but before I did the engine just died.’
      • ‘Now if your fan dies or you forget to use thermal grease under your leaf blower your CPU will burst into flames in 8 seconds.’
      • ‘The engine died, and the two of them arose from their seats and opened the door into the rear area of the ship.’
      fail, cut out, give out, stop, halt, break down, stop working, cease to function
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  • 2informal Used to emphasize that one wants to do or have something very much.

    ‘they must be dying for a drink’
    with infinitive ‘he's dying to meet you’
    • ‘I got tired of eating Chinese food and was dying to eat something different so I decided to go to a pizza shop behind my hotel.’
    • ‘We haven't seen each other in a few years, and I'm dying for her to meet Leta.’
    • ‘I probably could have got a job with a computer company, but I was dying to go back to cooking, to restaurants.’
    • ‘Just before we reached the airport I smiled at the driver and told him I was dying to know what was going on.’
    • ‘They were dying to see Ashanti, yet word along the grapevine was that she was no great performer.’
    • ‘She couldn't stop smiling, as if she had a secret she was dying to tell.’
    • ‘She was dying to know what I'd been typing for so many hours and stayed up last night reading the whole thing.’
    • ‘I'm sure they were just dying for the opportunity to come clean and acknowledge their guilt.’
    • ‘It is typical of Plazas's professionalism and realism that she is reluctant to advertise a wish list of roles she is dying to tackle.’
    • ‘Actually, I ran out to conduct a chair lift demonstration for our salesman M.K. and his buddies who were dying to see how the whole set-up worked.’
    • ‘I woke up earlier than I wanted to (I was dying to sleep in since I haven't had a chance to do so in ages) but that's okay.’
    • ‘I was dying to ask Kath these vital questions, but I decided discretion was the better part of valour.’
    • ‘Worse than all that, though, is having to seduce women when he's dying inside for a man.’
    • ‘I was dying to ask for a photo but I just lost my nerve.’
    • ‘They were dying to know what it was going to look like, first off.’
    • ‘They were dying to see the new horror film that everyone was talking about, The Exorcist.’
    • ‘I knew you were dying to ask me that important question.’
    • ‘While we are all dying to get out, there is one who died to get in.’
    • ‘High-pressured adrenaline congested my veins and I was dying to release it.’
    • ‘‘But I was dying to find our more, so seeing the lid was missing I thought I'd risk a quick peek,’ he said.’
    be very eager, be very keen, be desperate, long, yearn, burn, ache, itch
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    1. 2.1 Used to emphasize feelings of shock, embarrassment, amusement, or misery.
      ‘we nearly died laughing when he told us’
      ‘I nearly died when I saw them’
      ‘I'm simply dying of thirst’
      • ‘It's so beautiful, I feel as if I'm dying of happiness.’
      • ‘Dancing in time was harder still, and when Tristian partnered me, I nearly died of sheer panic.’
      • ‘But inwardly I was dying of curiosity about Nellie's sudden trip.’
      • ‘I had a look at the Gleaner's cartoon just now and I nearly died laughing!’
      • ‘Jillian must have nearly died or had a laugh attack when she heard that name!’
      • ‘The kinder, gentler Parrot is dull and many of his listeners on 2GB must be dying of boredom.’
      • ‘It looked funny enough, but when Natascia realised it was me, she nearly died laughing!’
      • ‘Did you know I nearly died when I saw him standing in front of me and asking me to dance?’
      • ‘Then she calls him a blame shifter and then screams for a time out and I nearly died laughing.’
      • ‘The ladies' chorus had tears streaming down their faces and Julie, the inadvertent stripper, was slowly dying of embarrassment.’
      • ‘I nearly died, as I thought it would be included in web diary but not so prominently.’
      • ‘I remember drinking with a friend who was wearing a Golden Bear polo shirt; well, I mean, I nearly died.’
      • ‘When I arrived at work in London this morning I nearly died to find my desk piled with post.’
      • ‘I nearly died laughing, while my mother tried to convince me it would not be dreadful.’
  • 3archaic Have an orgasm.

Phrases

  • die hard

    • Disappear or change very slowly.

      ‘old habits die hard’
      • ‘The BBC's online news service this week proved that old newsgathering habits die hard - even in cyberspace.’
      • ‘But old habits die hard: pounds and ounces have been around for centuries.’
      • ‘But old habits die hard and Ronnie still delivers to his 250 to 300 customers seven days a week.’
      • ‘Despite the assurances given at that time, the state bureaucratic delays continue as if to prove the truth of the adage that old habits die hard.’
      • ‘A lot of students keep their computers turned on all the time when they live in residence and old habits die hard in later years.’
      • ‘Old habits die hard and until the 1950s Australian cooking was synonymous with British food.’
      • ‘His adultery could be a constant, desperate search for love, or just an old habit that dies hard.’
      • ‘But old habits die hard, and invariably, after a short time things will slide.’
      • ‘Despite the bar on discrimination, old habits die hard and the Scheduled Castes are the hardest hit.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's a good thing that old habits die hard.’
  • die on the vine

    • Be unsuccessful at an early stage.

      • ‘Any good idea put forward simply dies on the vine.’
      • ‘Many innovative aircraft designs died on the vine at this point, but the BV - 238 managed to cling tenaciously to life.’
      • ‘Specialized distribution is dying on the vine.’
      • ‘From time to time, individuals tried to overcome this divide, but the efforts simply died on the vine.’
      • ‘Linda's words provoked mockery by her former classmate, Jackie Wang, who once worked for a dotcom that died on the vine.’
      • ‘Neither his children nor V.J.'s wanted to take over the operation, so all those years of tradition died on the vine.’
      • ‘I believe this effort died on the vine as I don't recall reading anything more on this subject in future Abstracts.’
      • ‘Are you cultivating them or are they dying on the vine?’
      • ‘It appears the economic fruit promised by Massachusetts politicians of every stripe is dying on the vine.’
      • ‘During his undergraduate years at Harvard, however, that dream died on the vine as Phillips discovered the academic subjects he loved in high school - calculus, biology, and so on - were suddenly downright dull to him.’
  • never say die

    • Used to encourage someone in a difficult situation.

      • ‘As a player he showed a fantastic never say die attitude and very astute football brain.’
      • ‘Never say never, as the script writers for some James Bond movie once memorably remarked, and never say die, as someone else said.’
      • ‘Oh come on now, old thing, never say die, every little counts, etc.’
      • ‘We are both very confident and positive people who back our own ability and never say die.’
      • ‘However, Mount-mellick's never say die attitude was exemplified by Aiden Challoner's goal late in the game, but it was a case of too little, too late.’
      • ‘But we're one of those teams that will never say die.’
      • ‘In Trevor's case, and he had the biggest margin to make up, it was a case of slow and steady, head down tail up and never say die.’
      • ‘Remember, everyone, never say die, unless you're really serious about it!’
      • ‘That never say die approach was perfectly illustrated with Shane Cooney's mammoth 46th minute point from almost the halfway line to signal the start of the Mitchels revival.’
      • ‘They were right in thinking he would never say die.’
  • to die for

    • informal Extremely good or desirable.

      ‘the ice cream is to die for’
      • ‘Her dark skin was almost like silk to the touch and I tell you she had those big beautiful brown eyes and lips to die for!’
      • ‘Robinson, meanwhile, brought class, writing talent and a voice to die for.’
      • ‘The songs merge a Gomez-like quirkiness, dreamy melodies and harmonies to die for.’
      • ‘On the ground floor, an array of cheeses, salamis, olive oil, fruit, nougat and pastries to die for.’
      • ‘I loved the Mudbrick Vineyard - not only great food and wine but the views are to die for!’
      • ‘The costumes were completely marvellous and the sets were to die for in their gorgeousness.’
      • ‘You may have a CV to die for but if your accent doesn't fit then you might as well go home, says John Parrish’
      • ‘You don't want a greasy kebab on a night out - you want proper paninis, amazing coffee and hot chocolate to die for.’
      • ‘Put very simply, it will result in legs and a backside to die for.’
      • ‘Slight and dark, with lustrous eyes and cheekbones to die for, he is even more attractive in the flesh than on screen.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse deyja, of Germanic origin; related to dead.

Pronunciation

die

/daɪ//dī/

Main definitions of die in English

: die1die2

die2

noun

  • 1

    singular form of dice
    • ‘Trials were randomized by the throw of a die, and for each trial, each caller was assigned a number from 1 to 4.’
    • ‘Additionally, the die rolling adds a great deal of excitement and tension.’
    • ‘Different die rolls allow you to move your jeep, or shift some of the animals.’
    • ‘Basically players each choose a team of 5 dice, and take turns throwing a die onto the table.’
    • ‘If the die showed 5 or 6, then it was thrown again until a number between 1 and 4 came up.’
    • ‘Combat is handled through targeting a unit in your opponent's force, then rolling a die.’
    • ‘Each number rolled on the die corresponds to a specific category.’
    • ‘It was the first popular game where movement was not determined by a die roll.’
    • ‘To begin, players roll a die to determine which category question they begin with.’
    • ‘Moves are determined by a special die and each horse is affected differently by the various rolls.’
    • ‘So we changed the rule such that only the caller lost a single die on an exact bid and we've found that the game is far more enjoyable.’
    • ‘To include only a single die in a game that required rolling two or three at the same time would be astounding.’
    • ‘This is because during your turn, you get to draw a card with a saying on it, roll a ten-sided die, and then act out a mood.’
    • ‘First a regular game of Chess is conducted and then each player rolls a single die.’
    • ‘So when you're level 3 instead of rolling 3 dice you roll 5 dice, or 1 die 5 times.’
    • ‘By turning any polyhedral die, you can represent how much money you have.’
    • ‘Each set replaces a single die in a normal (with the predator dice) game of Bongo.’
    • ‘For many dice games - in fact, most such games that I can think of - a six-sided die is sufficient.’
    • ‘For example, we could record the sound of dice rolling, and play this sound while our die is rolling.’
    • ‘If you're unlucky enough with the roll of the die, the game can be over even faster.’
  • 2plural diesA device for cutting or molding metal into a particular shape.

    • ‘It is essentially a die shrunk R100, and is based on a .15 manufacturing process.’
    • ‘In another metalworking arena, Fantesk may one day be used to lubricate dies, which shape sheet metal into objects such as automobile roofs.’
    • ‘This press consisted of a hand operated vertical pump which forced molten lead through a horizontal tube forming the die.’
    • ‘One of the key elements in designing the dies used to make them is to make sure there's enough material to make whatever it is you need, but not too much.’
    • ‘After creating the dies to extrude the frame profiles, workers in Italy produced the extrusions.’
    • ‘It's fairly easy to grind metal out of a die, but putting it back in presents a real problem.’
    • ‘Hand forgings are produced by working aluminum stock between flat dies or other simple tools that shape the piece roughly to the required contour.’
    • ‘That is going to be the key on pressed metal parts because you can't just take the CATIA design and cut dies to that and get an accurate part.’
    • ‘We are getting their entire production lines shifted to India, all tools, moulds, dies, etc.’
    • ‘The tube is sized by the combination of extruder and puller speeds, and the distance between the extruder die and the cooling water.’
    • ‘In the sealing module, seal grids can be snapped in and out of the sealing-grid die to change the shape of the package seal.’
    • ‘These steels are used for air frame and engine components, injection moulds and dies.’
    • ‘This class also includes plastic molds and die cast molding dies.’
    • ‘Jones, Redding and Hornady also offer full-length sizing dies that incorporate their interchangeable neck bushings.’
    • ‘The Quick Plastic Forming process involves heating an aluminum sheet and using air pressure to form it against a heated die.’
    • ‘If hexagon heads are desired, a heading tool will upset some of the metal into a hexagon-shaped die cavity.’
    • ‘If the thermal path is poor, however, the temperature of the die and L1 device will be quite high.’
    • ‘Making complex parts typically requires costly dies - molds into which metal or plastic is poured or stamped.’
    • ‘He designed and made a sizing die with interchangeable bushings of progressively smaller diameters.’
    • ‘This allows the die to dissipate its heat to the heatsink more efficiently, as Intel demonstrated with the Coppermine CPU.’
    1. 2.1 An engraved device for stamping a design on coins or medals.
      • ‘He learns that the art of hand-etching engraved dies is fading away as computers and machines have taken over to precisely duplicate the classic fonts.’
      • ‘If you're working with plain cushion, apply rubber cement to both the cushioned die and the block.’
      • ‘After mounting the die to the wood, stamp the image onto a piece of text-weight paper and allow to dry.’
      • ‘Such commissions were to become a lucrative money-spinner for die engravers in the 19th century.’
      • ‘Coins are being struck with dies, and when the dies are finished, a mint normally likes to get the final approval from the authorities before striking the number of coins ordered.’
      • ‘Designs are available in rubber stamps, precut paper, dies, and stencils.’
      • ‘This means the nickel base plate is not evenly pressed onto the CPU die (picture).’
      • ‘The pierced motifs were mechanically cut with a steel punch and the embossed decoration on the borders stamped out with steel dies.’
      • ‘Crucial to urban development is the discovery of coin-making dies, for the Viking economy had previously been based not on currency but on silver bullion and the exchange of goods.’
      • ‘Then you hammer them; you put the die on a coin blank and hit it with a bloody big hammer to mould the impression into the metal.’
      • ‘Some years back, the first coins produced with new dies looked better than the ones produced later.’
      • ‘A set of printing dies stamps the sayings on the sheets in edible red ink, and the hearts are cut.’
      • ‘A die was very much cheaper to procure although of course a separate die had to be made for each design.’
      • ‘It was compared to a copper trial struck from the die, and carefully examined by several numismatic professionals.’
      • ‘This combined efficiency with a new means of authentication: a pendent wax seal, stamped from a die kept in the king's household.’
      • ‘Q. And when I make a die, I have to create it manually?’
  • 3Architecture
    The cubical part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice; a dado or plinth.

Usage

See dice

Phrases

  • the die is cast

    • An event has happened or a decision has been made that cannot be changed.

      • ‘At this stage the die is cast as far as the venue is concerned and it's a matter of getting on with the job of beating Kerry.’
      • ‘There have been two delays in applying the regulation, but now the die is cast.’
      • ‘And so, the die is cast, we move out of here on the morning of March 30, motor up to the little house by the fenside, camp out overnight, just us, Harry and Dolly, two airbeds and a folding chair.’
      • ‘Goodness knows how long it will be before anything happens, still the die is cast.’
      • ‘But now the die is cast, and said brutal dictators and corrupt monarchs no longer have the ability to stop the future.’
      • ‘When Julius Caesar paused to ponder the consequences of a military attack some 2000 years ago, his poetic adage was as fitting then as it is today: alea jacta est - the die is cast.’
      • ‘The word in the market is that they grossly miscalculated and the die is cast.’
      • ‘Voting across the branches ended on Friday night so the die is cast at this stage.’
      • ‘Once the tax year in which the ISO exercise occurred is closed, the die is cast, and the taxpayer will incur the AMT liability based on the original value at exercise, regardless of the stock's current value.’
      • ‘In many ways it's the point at which I begin to feel less crushingly anxious - the die is cast, for better or worse.’
      • ‘When the die was cast, they stood up and were counted.’
  • (as) straight as a die

    • Absolutely straight.

      • ‘It's rhythmic, uncluttered and straight as a die.’
      • ‘This one was built straight as a die and it doesn't take a royal funeral to break out the bells.’
      • ‘The ball travelled as straight as a die and with tremendous speed to the back of the net.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French de, from Latin datum ‘something given or played’, neuter past participle of dare.

Pronunciation

die

/daɪ//dī/