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 for Death''s door
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Death \Death\ (d[e^]th), n. [OE. deth, dea[eth], AS.
     de['a][eth]; akin to OS. d[=o][eth], D. dood, G. tod, Icel.
     dau[eth]i, Sw. & Dan. d["o]d, Goth. dau[thorn]us; from a verb
     meaning to die. See Die, v. i., and cf. Dead.]
     1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of
        resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
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     Note: Local death is going on at all times and in all parts
           of the living body, in which individual cells and
           elements are being cast off and replaced by new; a
           process essential to life. General death is of two
           kinds; death of the body as a whole (somatic or
           systemic death), and death of the tissues. By the
           former is implied the absolute cessation of the
           functions of the brain, the circulatory and the
           respiratory organs; by the latter the entire
           disappearance of the vital actions of the ultimate
           structural constituents of the body. When death takes
           place, the body as a whole dies first, the death of the
           tissues sometimes not occurring until after a
           considerable interval. --Huxley.
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     2. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the
        death of memory.
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              The death of a language can not be exactly compared
              with the death of a plant.            --J. Peile.
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     3. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
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              A death that I abhor.                 --Shak.
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              Let me die the death of the righteous. --Num. xxiii.
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     4. Cause of loss of life.
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              Swiftly flies the feathered death.    --Dryden.
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              He caught his death the last county sessions.
                                                    --Addison.
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     5. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally
        represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
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              Death! great proprietor of all.       --Young.
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              And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name
              that sat on him was Death.            --Rev. vi. 8.
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     6. Danger of death. "In deaths oft." --2 Cor. xi. 23.
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     7. Murder; murderous character.
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              Not to suffer a man of death to live. --Bacon.
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     8. (Theol.) Loss of spiritual life.
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              To be carnally minded is death.       --Rom. viii.
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     9. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
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              It was death to them to think of entertaining such
              doctrines.                            --Atterbury.
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              And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto
              death.                                --Judg. xvi.
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     Note: Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of
           a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to
           death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or
           death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc.
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     Black death. See Black death, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Civil death, the separation of a man from civil society, or
        the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as
        by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm,
        entering a monastery, etc. --Blackstone.
  
     Death adder. (Zool.)
        (a) A kind of viper found in South Africa ({Acanthophis
            tortor); -- so called from the virulence of its
            venom.
        (b) A venomous Australian snake of the family
            Elapid[ae], of several species, as the
            Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica.
            
  
     Death bell, a bell that announces a death.
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              The death bell thrice was heard to ring. --Mickle.
  
     Death candle, a light like that of a candle, viewed by the
        superstitious as presaging death.
  
     Death damp, a cold sweat at the coming on of death.
  
     Death fire, a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode
        death.
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              And round about in reel and rout,
              The death fires danced at night.      --Coleridge.
  
     Death grapple, a grapple or struggle for life.
  
     Death in life, a condition but little removed from death; a
        living death. [Poetic] "Lay lingering out a five years'
        death in life." --Tennyson.
  
     Death rate, the relation or ratio of the number of deaths
        to the population.
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              At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than
              in rural districts.                   --Darwin.
  
     Death rattle, a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a
        dying person.
  
     Death's door, the boundary of life; the partition dividing
        life from death.
  
     Death stroke, a stroke causing death.
  
     Death throe, the spasm of death.
  
     Death token, the signal of approaching death.
  
     Death warrant.
        (a) (Law) An order from the proper authority for the
            execution of a criminal.
        (b) That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy.
            
  
     Death wound.
        (a) A fatal wound or injury.
        (b) (Naut.) The springing of a fatal leak.
  
     Spiritual death (Scripture), the corruption and perversion
        of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God.
  
     The gates of death, the grave.
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              Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? --Job
                                                    xxxviii. 17.
  
     The second death, condemnation to eternal separation from
        God. --Rev. ii. 11.
  
     To be the death of, to be the cause of death to; to make
        die. "It was one who should be the death of both his
        parents." --Milton.
  
     Syn: Death, Decease, Demise, Departure, Release.
  
     Usage: Death applies to the termination of every form of
            existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words
            only to the human race. Decease is the term used in
            law for the removal of a human being out of life in
            the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly
            confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes
            used of distinguished men in general; as, the demise
            of Mr. Pitt. Departure and release are peculiarly
            terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death
            is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a
            friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a
            deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow.
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