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 ?
The former of these teaching the folly and vanity of it, and the latter correcting it as unlawful, and at the same time assuaging it, by raising future hopes and assurances, which enable a strong and religious mind to take leave of a friend, on his deathbed, with little less indifference than if he was preparing for a long journey; and, indeed, with little less hope of seeing him again.
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.
On its deathbed it will recall it all over again, with interest accumulated over all the years and .
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.
His father lies on his deathbed and he amuses himself setting a policeman astride a bear
The picture of his deathbed, with Nicholas at his side, tending and supporting him, and he breathing out his thanks, and expiring in his arms, when he would have had them mortal enemies and hating each other to the last, drove him frantic.
All he knew and felt was that what was happening was what had happened nearly a year before in the hotel of the country town at the deathbed of his brother Nikolay.
On her deathbed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her.
I may use the word, for the alley and the gutter were mine, as they will be my deathbed.