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Usage statistics for the verb die:

spoken English37.84%written English62.16% conversational speech47.29%task-oriented speech52.71%
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Definition of the noun die

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noun - plural: dice (gambling) / dies (tool)

  1. a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of die: dice
    • more generic terms: cube / square block = a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
    • more specific words:
      • five-spot / five = a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
      • four-spot / four = a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
      • one-spot = a domino or die whose upward face shows one pip
      • six-spot / six = a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
  2. a device used for shaping metal
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: shaping tool = a tool for shaping metal
    • more specific word: stamp = a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
  3. a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods

Alternative definition of the noun die


  1. (plural: dice) A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
  2. (plural: dies) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
  3. (plural: dies) A device for cutting into a specified shape.
  4. (plural: dies) A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.
  5. (plural: dies) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
  6. (plural: dice or dies) A fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer, among those produced by fracturing the wafer as specified in its design, that includes a portion that (unless defective) can provide the electronic function for which it was designed, but whose further mechanical subdivision would irreversibly impair that function.

Definition of the verb die

What does die mean as a doing word?

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verb - inflections: dying

  1. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  2. suffer or face the pain of death
    • example: Martyrs may die every day for their faith
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: endure / suffer = undergo or be subjected to
  3. be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
    • example: We almost died laughing during the show
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic terms: break down / lose it / snap = lose control of one's emotions
  4. stop operating or functioning
  5. feel indifferent towards
    • example: She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: experience / feel = undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  6. languish as with love or desire
  7. cut or shape with a die
    • example: Die out leather for belts
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of die: die out
    • more generic term: cut out = form and create by cutting out
  8. to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
  9. lose sparkle or bouquet
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of die: become flat / pall
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  10. disappear or come to an end
    • examples: Their anger died | My secret will die with me! | The business is going to die
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: disappear / go away / vanish = get lost, as without warning or explanation
  11. suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)

Alternative definition of the verb die


  1. [intransitive] To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
  2. Followed by 'of'. General use.
  3. Followed by 'from'. General use, though somewhat more common in medical or scientific contexts.
  4. Followed by 'for'. Often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes.
  5. [context: now rare] Followed by 'with'. Now rare as indicating direct cause.
  6. [intransitive, video games] To cause the death of a player character while controlling it.
  7. [intransitive] To be cut off from family or friends.
  8. [intransitive, figuratively] To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
  9. [intransitive, colloquial] To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
  10. [intransitive, of a machine] to stop working, to break down.
  11. [intransitive, figuratively] To have an orgasm.


  1. Die is a commune, former episcopal see, and subprefecture of the Drôme department in southeastern France. The region around Die is known as the Diois.
  2. Die a.k.a. Arrachart Airport is an airport located near Antsiranana in Madagascar.
    • also known as Antsiranana Arrachart Airport; Arrachart Airport, Antsiranana
    • part of Madagascar, Antsiranana

There are other places with in their name, like Die Brücke, Die Loreley.


  1. Die is a Japanese musician and guitarist. He is best known as one of the guitarists of visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously a member of La:Sadie's and before that he was in Ka・za・ri. Die is the second most credited composer within Dir en grey and his songs tend to be more upbeat, such as "304 Goushitsu, Hakushi no Sakura", "Riyuu" and "Mr.Newsman".
  2. Die a.k.a. DJ Die, is a British music producer and DJ. He was a founder of drum and bass label Full Cycle Recordings and a member of acts Reprazent and Breakbeat Era.

There are other people with in their name, like Alio Die, Die Haut, Die Katze, Must Die!, Serey Die, Die Krupps, Die Lutter, Die Prinzen and many others.


  1. Die a.k.a. Die! is a musical group.
    • albums: "Manche bluten ewig", "Stigmata", "Still"
  2. Die is a musical group.
    • albums: "Life Eraser", "Relentless Pain"

There are other groups with in their name, like Die 116, Die Art, Die kur, Die See, Die You, Die Erde, Die Form, Die Hegl, Die Saat, Die Seer, Die Well, Die Zwei, die-hard, Die Ärzte, Die Atzen, Die Braut, Die Chefs, Die Elfen, Die Firma and Die Guten.


  1. "Die": Die! is the sixth album by the rapper Necro. Die! was initially alluded to on Necro's MySpace profile as a "brand new solo album coming September 2009"; however, on August 13, the page's header was updated with an announcement of the album's title and its release date, which was put back to May 2010. Die! was Necro's first album since Death Rap in 2007 and was released by Psycho+Logical-Records. The album's release date was finalised when the album cover was released on March 25, 2010.
  2. "die" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "DiE" is a composition.
  4. "DiE" is a musical single of BiS.
    • released on
  5. "Die" is a musical single of Wordbug.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  6. "die" is a musical single of Buck-Tick.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  7. "DIE" is a musical EP of The Terminal Generation.
    • released on (26 years ago)


"Die" is a 2010 thriller film directed by Dominic James and written by Domenico Salvaggio.


  1. Die: A die in the context of integrated circuits is a small block of semiconducting material, on which a given functional circuit is fabricated. Typically, integrated circuits are produced in large batches on a single wafer of electronic-grade silicon or other semiconductor through processes such as photolithography. The wafer is cut into many pieces, each containing one copy of the circuit. Each of these pieces is called a die.
  2. DIE a.k.a. Don't repeat yourself: In software engineering, don’t repeat yourself is a principle of software development, aimed at reducing repetition of information of all kinds, especially useful in multi-tier architectures. The DRY principle is stated as “Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system.” The principle has been formulated by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas in their book The Pragmatic Programmer. They apply it quite broadly to include “database schemas, test plans, the build system, even documentation.” When the DRY principle is applied successfully, a modification of any single element of a system does not require a change in other logically unrelated elements. Additionally, elements that are logically related all change predictably and uniformly, and are thus kept in sync. Besides using methods and subroutines in their code, Thomas and Hunt rely on code generators, automatic build systems, and scripting languages to observe the DRY principle across layers.
  3. Die a.k.a. Jeh Language: Jeh is a language spoken by more than fifteen thousand people in Vietnam. There are also several thousand speakers in the provinces of Xekong and Attapu in Laos.
  4. Die: In philately, a die is the engraved image of a stamp on metal which is subsequently multiplied by impression to create the printing plate.

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Google previewHistory of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania (1882)

With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men by George Dallas Albert

On the die is an inscription as plain and unostentatious as the person it commemorates: ...

Google previewTexas School Journal (1892)

to die is an infinitive used as a noun, and is in the nominative case, subject of the verb is; to live is an infinitive used as a noun and is a predicate nominative after the verb is. (b) To stay is an infinitive used as a noun and is the object of ...

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Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

Zielsetzung Fachwörterbücher für die globale Wissenschaftssprache Englisch sind für fast jede Disziplin schon lange eine Selbstverständlichkeit. Nicht so für die Philosophie! Das vorliegende Wörterbuch will diese Lücke schließen und ein ...

Google previewThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Southeast Asia (1998)

by Bruno Nettl, Terry E. Miller, Ruth M. Stone, Sean Williams

Although die blackface of the dancers might possibly date from the colonial introduction of the Spanish dance depicting...

Google previewA Franz Kafka Encyclopedia (2005)

by Richard T. Gray

"The Airplanes at Brescia" = " Die Aeroplane in Brescia" 4 Amerika/The Castaway = Der Verschollene 28 1 " The Appeal" = "Der AufruF 22 Arabian Caravan Leader = Der Araberfiihrer (" Schakale ...

Google previewWords, Lexemes, Concepts, Approaches to the Lexicon (1999)

Studies in Honour of Leonhard Lipka by Wolfgang Falkner, Hans-Jörg Schmid

Andererseits verdrängt die unpersönliche Ausdrucksweise von Analyse/ analytisch/analysieren die persönliche von Analyst und Analytiker. 1. Methodisches Verfahren Methodisch dürfte die Reihenfolge der Untersuchungsschritte klar sein.

Google previewLexicon of Musical Invective (2000)

Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time by Nicolas Slonimsky

Die Elfen Mendelssohns, die Nixen Cades, Berlioz' Walpurgisnacht und Wagners Venusberg, das alles brodelt hier durcheinander in einem russischen Branntweinkessel. Herr von Korsakoff ist ein junger russischer Garde-OflBzier, und wie ...

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Usage statistics for the verb die:

spoken English37.84%written English62.16% conversational speech47.29%task-oriented speech52.71% imaginative writing60.42%informational writing39.58%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb die:


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Quotes about Die

Cattle die and kinsmen die, thyself too soon must die, but one thing never, I ween, will die, The doom on each one dead.
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Scrabble value of D2I1E1

The value of this 3-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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