Definition of deathbed
1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death
Recent Examples of deathbed from the Web
Even on her deathbed, according to the Oxford Biography Index, Daphne Milne refused to see her only son.
New York The words that Henry James said on his deathbed sound like the last testament of a religion’s founder.
Doctors informed us there were several women who waited a week or more after their water broke who were on their deathbeds due to fatal infections that compromise the life of the mom.
The movie begins with Travis's grandfather (David Pendleton), his zombielike eyes betraying the virus that has infected him, comforted on his deathbed by his daughter.
The set-up of Rich People Problems (Doubleday, 398 pp., ***½ out of four stars) is delicious, the juicy stuff of classic high-society drama: a rich matriarch lies on her deathbed, and no one knows what’s in the will.
The most remarkable deathbed scene in American politics occurred on July 9, 1974.
Willie’s deathbed is projected to us through the eyes of John Hay, another of the President’s secretaries.
Helm died a few days later — April 19, 2012 — and the deathbed scene became a part of the Band’s story, alongside all that happened on tour with Bob Dylan, in the basement of Big Pink, up on Cripple Creek and during the Last Waltz.
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First Known Use of deathbed
before 12th century
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Definition of deathbed for Students
: the bed a person dies in
on someone's deathbed
: very close to death
Medical Definition of deathbed
1: the bed in which a person dies
2: the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
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