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Death throe

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Death throe the spasm of death.
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Usage

In literature:

One could have imagined the mine to be a living giant in the last throes of death by drowning.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
Dead with a throe that was almost like a literal death.
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The death-throes of a nation are felt by all the world.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
On the bank of the river they discovered a creature about two feet long, lying on its back, and struggling in its death-throes.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Sinfiotli lay gasping in the throes of death.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
One of the warriors fell forward on his shield, beating the earth with his great limbs in the throes of death.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
But may the whole world sit idly watching the raptures and death-throes of Tristram and Yseult?
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee
The fact had escaped him during the throes of a far from disagreeable death.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
The third Drilgo, seeing his two companions in their death-throes, flung away his spear and fled with loud howls into the jungle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Many an apparently lifeless buffalo has lunged up in a death-throe that has cost the hunter dear.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Some large creature was struggling on the surface in its furious death throes.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The huge cat was rolling and writhing in the throes of death.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Not hundreds now, but thousands lie slain, or writhing in death-throes.
"The Induna's Wife" by Bertram Mitford
Judaism was in its death-throes.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
And, behind him, the Gau-Mukh guggled and choked like a man in his death-throe.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
The boughs and leaves of the prone tree still quivered slightly as in a death-throe.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Christian must resume the throes of death.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
Convulsive struggles it might make, but they were only death-throes.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
The chaparral opened and closed again; and then only Oliver and the man in his death throes were remaining.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
A shudder like a death throe shook the recumbent form.
"The Last Stroke" by Lawrence L. Lynch
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In poetry:

Unheard their antiphon of death
Who gleam Capella's cosmic foes;
Unseen the war whose causal throes
Perturb gigantic Algol's breath—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
O Mother State! when this was done,
No pitying throe thy bosom gave;
Silent thou saw'st the death-shroud spun,
And now thou givest to thy son
The stranger's charity,--a grave.
"On The Death Of Charles Turner Torrey" by James Russell Lowell
Ah, sunset-lovers, though
Time were but pulsing pain,
And death no more than its eternal ceasing,
Would you not choose the throe,
Hold the oblivion vain,
To have beheld so many a day's releasing?
"Sunset-Lovers" by Cale Young Rice
All time hath traveled to this rose;
To the strange making of this face
Came agonies of fires and snows;
And Death and April, nights and days
Unnumbered, unimagined throes,
Find in this flower their meeting place.
"Flos Aevorum" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

The bankruptcy trustee in charge of the case, Robert Geltzer, has served summons to many freelance writers who collected fees from the magazine when it was in its death throes.
Last year was limp, and his brief fireworks in 2008 looked like the death throes of a player just before his back was hijacked by the devil.
A red giant star in its death throes seems to be vaporizing a horde of comets, raising the possibility that another planetary system possesses water, an ingredient necessary for known life, astronomers reported Wednesday.
Scientists at the "Path to Exploding Stars" conference in Santa Barbara will compute the death throes of a white dwarf star in 3-D.
As the industry of music went into its death throes, the actual making and performing of it prospered on the far side of the East River.
The death throes of an aircraft carrier.
Our democracy is now in its death throes .
The death throes of Louisville's Courier-Journal.
Already hit twice in the head, Osama bin Laden was "in his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing" when "another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds.
In a Dec 5 paid advertisement, " Yugoslavia in the Throes of Death," President-elect George Bush was asked to abandon the commitment of the United States Government to the "independence, territorial integrity and unity of Yugoslavia ".
Ken and Andy further lower WFMU's already abysmal standards as the program enters its death throes.
Often called the "Great Invalid," the state of theater can be both thriving, on the one hand, and in the midst of its death throes, on the other.
Trying to commit suicide when the plot failed, he fired his pistol twice but merely mangled himself, and had to be put out of his death throes by a sergeant of the detail that had come to arrest him.
Communism was in its death throes.
The death throes of the postmodern novel.
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In science:

It suggests that stellar evolution processes and stellar deaths may serve as the cradle for the birth and/or rejuvenation of a new generation of planets, rather than just being the death throes or hostile hosts for pre-existing planets.
Second generation planets
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