deathbed

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death·bed

 (dĕth′bĕd′)
n.
1. The bed on which a person dies.
2. The last hours before death.
Idiom:
on (one's) deathbed
Close to death.

deathbed

(ˈdɛθˌbɛd)
n
1. (Furniture)
a. the bed in which a person is about to die
b. (as modifier): a deathbed conversion.
2. on one's deathbed about to die

death•bed

(ˈdɛθˌbɛd)

n.
1. the bed on which a person dies.
adj.
2. pertaining to or occurring in the last few hours of a person's life: a deathbed confession.
Idioms:
on one's deathbed, in the last few hours before death.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deathbed - the last few hours before deathdeathbed - the last few hours before death  
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
2.deathbed - the bed on which a person dies
bed - a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; "he sat on the edge of the bed"; "the room had only a bed and chair"
Translations

deathbed

[ˈdeθbed]
A. Nlecho m de muerte
on one's deathbeden su lecho de muerte
B. CPD deathbed confession Nconfesión f en el lecho de muerte
deathbed conversion Nconversión f in artículo mortis
deathbed repentance Narrepentimiento m de última hora

deathbed

[ˈdɛθbɛd] nlit m de mort
to be on one's deathbed (= be dying) → être sur son lit de mortdeath blow death-blow n (fig)coup m fatal
to be a death blow to sth → être un coup fatal pour qch
to be dealt a death blow → recevoir un coup fataldeath by misadventure n (British)décès m accidenteldeath camp ncamp m de la mortdeath cell ncellule f de condamné à mortdeath certificate nacte m de décèsdeath duties npl (British)droits mpl de successiondeath knell death-knell n (= end) → mort f
to sound the death knell of sth (= signal the end) → sonner le glas pour qch

deathbed

1. nletto di morte
on one's deathbed → in punto di morte
2. adj (confession) → in punto di morte

deathbed

n lecho de muerte
References in classic literature ?
Your own deathbeds, when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace which you have given to mine.
On his deathbed Driscoll set Roxy free and delivered his idolized ostensible son solemnly into the keeping of his brother, the judge, and his wife.
Fourth of July was coming; but he soon gave that up -- gave it up before he had worn his shackles over forty-eight hours -- and fixed his hopes upon old Judge Frazer, justice of the peace, who was apparently on his deathbed and would have a big public funeral, since he was so high an official.
Some people even talked of a promise to his wife on her deathbed, and others of the son and the uncle not letting him.
The next day Bessie was sent for home to the deathbed of her little sister.
Whether Catherine had spent her tears, or whether the grief were too weighty to let them flow, she sat there dry-eyed till the sun rose: she sat till noon, and would still have remained brooding over that deathbed, but I insisted on her coming away and taking some repose.
I was blending it with the deathbed of the late Mr.
But it were impious to trace any farther the picture of the blasphemer and parricide's deathbed.
On its deathbed it will recall it all over again, with interest accumulated over all the years and .
Poor Edmond, he was cruelly deceived; but it was fortunate that he never knew, or he might have found it more difficult, when on his deathbed, to pardon his enemies.
No; but he was present at the deathbed of a man who knew him.
This Cobus Quackenbos had declared on his deathbed, so that there could not be any doubt of it.