What is death?

  • (noun): The permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism.
    Example: "The animal died a painful death"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Death

Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.

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Vladimir Komarov - Response To Komarov's Death
... On April 25, a response to Komarov's death by his fellow cosmonauts was published in Pravda "For the forerunners it is always more difficult ... module that were identified by the cosmonaut corps and that Komarov's death should teach the establishment to be more rigorous in its testing and evaluation of "all the mechanisms of the ... His flight and his death will teach us courage." In May 1967, Gagarin and Leonov criticised Mishin's "poor knowledge of the Soyuz spacecraft and the details of its operation, his ...
Yossarian - Biographical Summary - Actions in "Catch-22" - Snowden
... Snowden's death embodies Yossarian's desire to evade death by seeing Snowden's entrails spilling over the plane, he feels that "Man was matter, that ... because he was traumatized and depressed by Snowden's death ...
Black Death - Overview - Naming
... Justus Hecker suggested that a mistranslation of the Latin atra mors (terrible, or black, death) had occurred in Scandinavia when he described the ... the following year, and with the cholera epidemic happening at that time, "The Black Death in the 14th century" gained widespread attention and the terms ...
Pope John Paul I - Death
... some of the details of the discovery of the death to avoid possible unseemliness in that he was discovered by Sister Vincenza, a nun ... along with inconsistent statements made following the Pope's death, led to a number of conspiracy theories concerning it ...
Black Death
... The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350 ... there were several competing theories as to the etiology of the Black Death, recent analysis of DNA from victims in northern and southern Europe indicates that the pathogen responsible was ... The Black Death is thought to have started in China or central Asia, before spreading west ...

More definitions of "death":

  • (noun): The event of dying or departure from life.
    Example: "Her death came as a terrible shock"
    Synonyms: decease
  • (noun): The personification of death.
    Example: "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"
  • (noun): The act of killing.
    Example: "He had two deaths on his conscience"
  • (noun): The absence of life or state of being dead.
    Example: "He seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"
  • (noun): The time when something ends.
    Example: "It was the death of all his plans"
    Synonyms: dying, demise
  • (noun): The time at which life ends; continuing until dead.
    Example: "She stayed until his death"
    Synonyms: last

Famous quotes containing the word death:

    If it be aught toward the general good,
    Set honor in one eye, and death i’th’ other,
    And I will look on both indifferently;
    For let the gods so speed me as I love
    The name of honor more than I fear death.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace allows
    Alarms of wars, the daunting wars, the death of it?
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

    We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
    Thomas Browne (1605–1682)