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death toll

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death toll the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster
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Usage

In literature:

At early dawn the tolling of bells announced to the people of Toroczko that death had laid his cold hand on one of their number.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
Carey must not be killed; no matter what the death toll might be, the man responsible for it must be taken alive.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
And because of the horror of so many deaths, it was forbidden to toll the bells any longer lest men should go mad.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
If so, we live; if not, with mournful hum Toll forth my death; next, to my burial come.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
I have known persons, sensible of their approaching death, direct the bell at once to be tolled.
"Notes and Queries, Number 197, August 6, 1853" by Various
The last stroke tolled out, sad and hollow as a funereal knell, and the sound mingled with the death-cry of the luckless Thirteenth!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
The great bell strikes the hours, and tolls in case of the death of any member of the royal family.
"Rollo in London" by Jacob Abbott
Who knows for which of us next, or how soon, the bell of death may toll?
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
You must get used to the idea, though, that every Project demands its toll of deaths.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
The death toll from influenza, pneumonia, and the aggravation of battle wounds rose daily.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Compared with the evil done by the insect pest, the cobra's death toll is small.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
Half way across No Man's Land rushed Ned, Bob, and Jerry, with their cheering, madly yelling comrades, and then the toll of death began.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
He had reached the battle-ground where death had claimed its toll of human passion.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
But as he fell his eyes saw, as did his men, whence had come the mysterious death that had already taken heavy toll among them.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
For the toll of death in the Wahoo Valley was cruel and inexorable.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
It was little more than a month afterward that I heard the great bell in the western tower toll the tidings {685} of a death.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
It was Mr. St. John who had taken the news of his death to the dean, and the latter immediately sent to order the bell to be tolled.
"Mildred Arkell, (Vol 3 of 3)" by Ellen Wood
Then an old Indian untied the ropes of the belfry, and the toll of death sounded along the valley.
"For the Soul of Rafael" by Marah Ellis Ryan
The news fell upon the household like the tolling of a death-bell.
"Every Girl's Library, Volume 8 of 10" by Various
And now the bell in the old steeple began to toll, announcing the hour of death.
"The Mosstrooper" by Robert Scott Fittis
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In poetry:

The ball of Death unerring flew;
His cheek has lost its ardent hue;
He sinks, amid his gallant crew!
Toll Nelson's knell!
"Dirge OF Nelson" by William Lisle Bowles
"Lo, souls are scarred and virtues dim:
Take back thy scourge of ministry,
Rise from thy silence suddenly,
Lest these still take Death's toll to him!"
"The Wakened God" by Margaret Widdemer
'Hark! there's the wail of a dingo,
Watchful and weird - I must go,
For it tolls the death-knell of the stockman
From the gloom of the scrub down below.
"The Dying Stockman" by Anonymous Oceania
Which, when the head where late it lay
In life's grey dusk itself is grey,
And when the curfew of life's day
By death is tolled,
Shall forfeit not the auroral ray
And eastern gold.
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
"How many have gone?" was the question of old
Ere Time our bright ring of its jewels bereft;
Alas! for too often the death-bell has tolled,
And the question we ask is, "How many are left?"
"The Shadows" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But hark! what sound invades my startl'd ear,
Slow — pealing from yon turret's stately height!
—Again it tolls! resounds death's caverns drear,
And distant echoes fill the silent night.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

Israel bombing kills militant in Gaza Strip, bringing Palestinian death toll to 100.
But the death toll from accidents has been falling, government statistics show.
The death toll passed 100 Monday, including children, on its way to matching the 1,000 killed four years ago in the last incursion, which left Gaza devastated.
Monsoon rains death toll in Nepal rises to 122.
New Zealand quake death toll tops 100.
In Nigeria, Church Bombing Death Toll Now 30.
The death toll from the virus so far this year stands at 10.
Estimating the Cartel Death Toll, NIST Standard Could Mean Government Web Site Overhaul, and More.
Frustration, along with the death toll, is growing two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, pounding the region with high winds and record storm surge.
Officials say the death toll from Superstorm Sandy has reached 50.
Afghanistan's sad death toll barely noted .
Death toll at 28 in Connecticut school shooting.
Lower death toll is key difference between Israel's two Gaza operations.
Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises, 214 Cases, 15 Deaths.
Death toll rises to 30.
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