- 1On the point of death: he visited his dying motherMore example sentences
terminally ill, at death's door, on one's deathbed, in the jaws of death, on the point of death, near death, passing away, fading fast, sinking fast, expiring, moribund, breathing one's last, not long for this world; Latin in extremis
- 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
- 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: the making of valves is a dying art the dying embers of the fireMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3(Of a period of time) final; closing: the dying moments of the matchMore example sentences
- Reid was very close to doubling the lead in the dying moments when he hit a fierce shot following a Whatmore knock down.
- The various candidates had been busy rallying support in the dying moments before the polls closed.
- Australia closed down the defending champions in the dying moments of the first quarter despite some wayward shooting.
to (or until) one's dying day
- For the rest of one’s life: he will regret that decision to his 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.