- When someone is near death their mind and physical body begins to start shutting down each system. The changes in each bodily system are very gradual and can build up over time.
- The person may not wake easily.
- The body begins to process food at a slower rate, so constipation is a very common side effect of the process – as is losing control of bowel movements and urination.
- The body begins to slow down the circulation of blood throughout the body, which means that the hands and feet of the person get very cold and numb.
- The breathing cycle might also change, with longer periods of time between breathes and more shallow breathing.
- The person might become disoriented really easily, losing their way, becoming dizzy, and getting confused.
- A person may become moody or withdrawn.
- Hearing is one of the last senses to be lost and may be present until the end of the person’s life.
- When you have one day left to live and you are on your death bed, this is an example of a time when you are dying.
- When the light is fading away slowly at the end of the day, this is an example of dying light.
Dying is defined as waning or about to disappear, or just about to pass away.
Facts About Dying
- coming near to an end: a dying culture
- of or at the time of death: his dying words
- About to die: dying patients.
- Drawing to an end; declining: in the dying hours of the legislative session.
- Done or uttered just before death: a dying request.
- Approaching death; about to die; moribund.
- The dying dog was put out of his misery with a single shot!
- Declining, terminal, or drawing to an end.
- In the dying moments of daylight I glimpsed a sail on the horizon.
- Pertaining to death, or the moments before death.
- His dying words were of his mother.
- until my dying day
- his dying bed
(countable and uncountable, plural dyings)
- (plural only) Those who are currently expiring, moribund.
- The battlefield was littered with the dead and dying.
- The process of approaching death; or, less precisely, death itself.
- Present participle of die.
die + -ing
- (nonstandard) Present participle of dye. (Alternative form of dyeing.)
dye + -ing
Variant of die
intransitive verbdied, dying
- to stop living; become dead
- to suffer the agony of death or an agony regarded as like it
- to cease existing; end
- to stop functioning
- to lose force or activity; become weak, faint, unimportant, etc.
- to fade or wither away
- to become alien or indifferent (to), as if dead
- to pine away, as with desire
- Informal to wish with extreme intensity; yearn: she's dying to learn the secret
- Theol. to suffer spiritual death
Origin of dieMiddle English dien ; from Old Norse deyja ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, to pass away, become senseless from source Old Saxon doian, to die, Old English dead, Old High German tot, dead