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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Death  \Death\,  n.  [OE.  deth,  dea?,  AS  de['a]?;  akin  to  OS  d??, 
  D.  dood,  G.  tod,  Icel.  dau?i,  Sw  &  Dan.  d["o]d,  Goth. 
  daupus;  from  a  verb  meaning  to  die.  See  {Die},  v.  i.,  and  cf 
  {Dead}.] 
  1.  The  cessation  of  all  vital  phenomena  without  capability  of 
  resuscitation,  either  in  animals  or  plants. 
 
  Note:  Local  death  is  going  on  at  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.  --Huxley. 
 
  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  at  on  him  was  Death.  --Rev.  vi  8. 
 
  6.  Danger  of  death.  ``In  deaths  oft.''  --2  Cor.  xi  23. 
 
  7.  Murder;  murderous  character. 
 
  Not  to  suffer  a  man  of  death  to  live.  --Bacon. 
 
  8.  (Theol.)  Loss  of  spiritual  life. 
 
  To  be  ???????  m?????  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}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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 
  {Elapid[ae]},  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  knell},  a  stroke  or  tolling  of  a  bell,  announcing  a 
  death. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  death 
  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: 
  {birth}] 
  2:  the  permanent  end  of  all  life  functions  in  an  organism  or 
  part  of  an  organism;  "the  animal  died  a  painful  death" 
  3:  the  end  of  life;  continuing  until  dead;  "he  bled  to  death"; 
  "a  struggle  to  the  last"  [syn:  {last}] 
  4:  the  personification  of  death;  "Death  walked  the  streets  of 
  the  plague-bound  city"  [syn:  {Death}] 
  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}] 
  [ant:  {birth}] 
  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}, 
  {destruction}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Death 
  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 
  Pet.  3:9. 
 
  (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; 
  Col.  2:13). 
 
  The  "second  death"  (Rev.  2:11)  is  the  everlasting  perdition  of 
  the  wicked  (Rev.  21:8),  and  second"  in  respect  to  natural  or 
  temporal  death. 
 
  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. 
  8:32-35). 
 




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