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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Black Death
... The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350 ... Although 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 ...
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 ... 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 ...
Pope John Paul I - Death
... altered some of the details of the discovery of the death to avoid possible unseemliness in that he was discovered by Sister Vincenza, a nun ... Yet this, along with inconsistent statements made following the Pope's death, led to a number of conspiracy theories concerning it ...

More definitions of "death":

  • (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
  • (noun): The personification of death.
    Example: "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"
  • (noun): The event of dying or departure from life.
    Example: "Her death came as a terrible shock"
    Synonyms: decease
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word death:

    When Death to either shall come—
    I pray it be first to me.
    Robert Bridges (1844–1930)

    It is a strange, strange fate, and now, as I stand face to face with death I feel just as if they were going to kill a boy. For I feel like a boy—and my hands so free from blood and my heart always so compassionate and pitiful that I cannot comprehend how anyone wants to hang me.
    Roger Casement (1864–1916)

    So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy—and ... to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)