death /ˈdɛθ/ 名詞
1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
Note: ☞ 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.
2. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory.
The death of a language can not be exactly compared with the death of a plant. --J. Peile.
3. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
A death that I abhor. --Shak.
Let me die the death of the righteous. --Num. xxiii. 10.
4. Cause of loss of life.
Swiftly flies the feathered death. --Dryden.
He caught his death the last county sessions. --Addison.
5. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
Death! great proprietor of all. --Young.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death. --Rev. vi. 8.
6. Danger of death. “In deaths oft.”
7. Murder; murderous character.
Not to suffer a man of death to live. --Bacon.
8. Theol. Loss of spiritual life.
To be carnally minded is death. --Rom. viii. 6.
9. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
It was death to them to think of entertaining such doctrines. --Atterbury.
And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death. --Judg. xvi. 16.
Note: ☞ 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. See Black death, in the Vocabulary.
Civil death, 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. --Blackstone.
Death adder. Zool. (a) A kind of viper found in South Africa (Acanthophis tortor); -- so called from the virulence of its venom. (b) A venomous Australian snake of the family Elapidæ, of several species, as the Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica.
Death bell, a bell that announces a death.
The death bell thrice was heard to ring. --Mickle.
-- Death candle, a light like that of a candle, viewed by the superstitious as presaging death.
Death damp, a cold sweat at the coming on of death.
Death fire, a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode death.
And round about in reel and rout,
The death fires danced at night. --Coleridge.
-- Death grapple, 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.” --Tennyson.
Death rate, the relation or ratio of the number of deaths to the population.
At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than in rural districts. --Darwin.
-- Death rattle, a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a dying person.
Death's door, the boundary of life; the partition dividing life from death.
Death stroke, a stroke causing death.
Death throe, the spasm of death.
Death token, the signal of approaching death.
Death warrant. (a) Law An order from the proper authority for the execution of a criminal. (b) That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy.
Death wound. (a) A fatal wound or injury. (b) Naut. The springing of a fatal leak.
Spiritual death Scripture, the corruption and perversion of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God.
The gates of death, the grave.
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? --Job xxxviii. 17.
-- The second death, condemnation to eternal separation from God. --Rev. ii. 11.
To be the death of, to be the cause of death to; to make die. “It was one who should be the death of both his parents.” --Milton.
Syn: -- Death, Decease, Demise, Departure, Release.
Usage: 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 demise of Mr. Pitt. 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.
n 1: the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came
as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital
will pass to your grandchildren" [syn: decease] [ant:
2: the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or
part of an organism; "the animal died a painful death"
3: the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; "she
stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last" [syn: last]
4: the personification of death; "Death walked the streets of
the plague-bound city"
5: the absence of life or state of being dead; "he seemed more
content in death than he had ever been in life"
6: the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his
plans"; "a dying of old hopes" [syn: dying, demise]
7: the act of killing; "he had two deaths on his conscience"
8: a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called
glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: end,
may be simply defined as the termination of life. It is
represented under a variety of aspects in Scripture: (1.) "The
dust shall return to the earth as it was" (Eccl. 12:7).
(2.) "Thou takest away their breath, they die" (Ps. 104:29).
(3.) It is the dissolution of "our earthly house of this
tabernacle" (2 Cor. 5:1); the "putting off this tabernacle" (2
Pet. 1:13, 14).
(4.) Being "unclothed" (2 Cor. 5:3, 4).
(5.) "Falling on sleep" (Ps. 76:5; Jer. 51:39; Acts 13:36; 2
(6.) "I go whence I shall not return" (Job 10:21); "Make me to
know mine end" (Ps. 39:4); "to depart" (Phil. 1:23).
The grave is represented as "the gates of death" (Job 38:17;
Ps. 9:13; 107:18). The gloomy silence of the grave is spoken of
under the figure of the "shadow of death" (Jer. 2:6).
Death is the effect of sin (Heb. 2:14), and not a "debt of
nature." It is but once (9:27), universal (Gen. 3:19), necessary
(Luke 2:28-30). Jesus has by his own death taken away its sting
for all his followers (1 Cor. 15:55-57).
There is a spiritual death in trespasses and sins, i.e., the
death of the soul under the power of sin (Rom. 8:6; Eph. 2:1, 3;
The "second death" (Rev. 2:11) is the everlasting perdition of
the wicked (Rev. 21:8), and "second" in respect to natural or
THE DEATH OF CHRIST is the procuring cause incidentally of all
the blessings men enjoy on earth. But specially it is the
procuring cause of the actual salvation of all his people,
together with all the means that lead thereto. It does not make
their salvation merely possible, but certain (Matt. 18:11; Rom.
5:10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 3:13; Eph. 1:7; 2:16; Rom.