- The definition of a die is a small marked cube used in games.
An example of die is what is rolled when playing backgammon.
- Die is defined as to stop living, existing or fade away.
- An example of die is pulling a plant out of the ground by its' roots.
- An example of die is a person's heart stopping and their brain no longer having activity.
- to stop living; become dead
- to suffer the agony of death or an agony regarded as like it
- to cease existing; end
- to stop functioning
- to lose force or activity; become weak, faint, unimportant, etc.
- to fade or wither away
- to become alien or indifferent (to), as if dead
- to pine away, as with desire
- Informal to wish with extreme intensity; yearn: she's dying to learn the secret
- Theol. to suffer spiritual death
Origin of dieMiddle English dien ; from Old Norse deyja ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, to pass away, become senseless from source Old Saxon doian, to die, Old English dead, Old High German tot, dead
to die for
- a small, marked cube used in games of chance
- any small cube resembling this
- Archit. a dado of a pedestal
- Mech. any of various tools or devices, originally cubical in form, for molding, stamping, cutting, or shaping; specif.,
- a piece of engraved metal used for stamping money, medals, etc.
- the stationary part of a machine for shaping or punching holes in sheet metal, etc.; matrix
- the punch and matrix as a unit
- a tool used for cutting threads, as of screws or bolts
- a piece of metal with a hole through it, used in drawing wire, extruding rods, etc.
Origin of dieMiddle English de (pl. dis) ; from Old French de ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form datum, origin, originally neut of Classical Latin datus: see date
the die is cast
Origin of dietransl. of L jacta est alea, ascribed to Caesar at the Rubicon the irrevocable decision has been made
nounpl. dies or dice
- pl. dies A device used for cutting out, forming, or stamping material, especially:a. An engraved metal piece used for impressing a design onto a softer metal, as in coining money.b. One of several component pieces that are fitted into a diestock to cut threads on screws or bolts.c. A part on a machine that punches shaped holes in, cuts, or forms sheet metal, cardboard, or other stock.d. A metal block containing small conical holes through which plastic, metal, or other ductile material is extruded or drawn.
- pl. dies Architecture The dado of a pedestal, especially when cube-shaped.
- pl. dice a. A small cube marked on each side with from one to six dots, usually used in pairs in gambling and in various other games.b. dice (used with a sing. verb) A game of chance using dice.
transitive verbdied, die·ing, dies
Origin of dieMiddle English de, gaming die, from Old French, from Latin datum, given, from neuter past participle of dare, to give; see d&omacron;- in Indo-European roots.
dies used to coin the euro
intransitive verbdied, dy·ing , dies
- To cease living; become dead; expire.
- To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade: The sunlight died in the west.
- To experience an agony or suffering suggestive of that of death: nearly died of embarrassment.
- Informal To desire something greatly: I am dying for a box of chocolates. She was dying to see the exhibit.
- a. To cease operation; stop: If your vehicle dies, stay with it.b. To be destroyed, as in combat: could see the remains of two aircraft that had died in the attack.
- To become indifferent: had died to all worldly concerns.
Origin of dieMiddle English dien, probably from Old Norse deyja; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(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:
- (still current) followed by with as an indication of manner:
- She died with dignity.
- To stop living and undergo (a specified death).
- He died a hero's death.
- They died a thousand deaths.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To yearn intensely.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To be utterly cut off by family or friends, as if dead.
- The day our sister eloped, she died to our mother.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
- He died a little inside each time she refused to speak to him.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
- If anyone sees me wearing this ridiculous outfit, I'll die.
- (intransitive, of a machine) to stop working, to break down.
- My car died in the middle of the freeway this morning.
- (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.
- To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.
- to die to pleasure or to sin
- (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.
- Then there was that time I died onstage in Montreal...
From Middle English dien, deien, deȝen, from Old English dīġan, dīeġan (“to die”) and Old Norse deyja (“to die, pass away”), both from Proto-Germanic *dawjaną (“to die”) (compare Danish dø, Low German döen, Middle Dutch doyen, douwen, Old High German touwen), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to pass away; to die”) (compare Old Norse dá 'catalepsy', Old Irish díth 'end, death', Old Church Slavonic daviti 'to strangle', Albanian vdes (“to die”), vdekje (“death”), Armenian դի (di, “corpse”), Avestan [script?] (dvaidī, “we press”)).
(plural dies or dice)
- (plural: dice) A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
- (plural: dies) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
- (plural: dies) 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.)
- (plural: dies) A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.
- (plural: dies) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
- (electronics) (plural: dice or dies) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.
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. Otherwise, using the plural dice as a singular instead of die is considered incorrect by most authorities, but has come into widespread use.
From Middle English dee, from Old French de (Modern French dé), from Latin datum, from datus (“given”), the past participle of dare (“to give”), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (“to lay out, to spread out”).
die - Computer Definition
An unpackaged, bare chip. A die is the formal term for the square of silicon containing an integrated circuit. Die is singular, and dice is plural. The terms die and chip are often used synonymously.