- 1On the point of death: he visited his dying motherMore example sentences
- What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.
- The bright sky shone down on the dying beast as its death knell rang in my ears.
- So how do you write a letter to your dying mother - a letter which both you and she know is basically a goodbye?
- 1.1Occurring at or connected with the time that someone dies: he strained to catch her dying wordsMore example sentences
final, last; deathbed
- His dying words and writing helped police catch the man suspected of killing him.
- The dying words of a young woman were a description of her killer whispered to a policeman as he cradled her in his arms.
- Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.
- 1.2Gradually ceasing to exist or function; in decline and about to disappear: stone-cutting is a dying art the dying embers of the fireMore example sentences
declining, vanishing, fading, ebbing, waning• informal on the way out
- But contrary to being a dying art, brewing is flourishing north of the Border.
- A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.
- Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.
to one's dying day
- For the rest of one’s life: I shall remember that to my dying dayMore example sentences
- He later sold it to the firm on derisory terms, a decision he regretted to his dying day.
- I'll remember the pool to my dying day - placid, swelling, dark water running between majestic pine trees.
- That kind of thing is a pleasure, and I certainly don't regret if I'm associated with Wilde to my dying day.
late 16th century: present participle of die1.