English - Etymology
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too. […].
- 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Ch.I:
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- (often capitalized) The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
- (the death) The collapse or end of something.