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death rate

see POPULATION.

death rate

the number of people in a POPULATION who die per thousand per year. In 2004, for example, the UK death rate was 10 people per 1,000 of the population. The difference between this rate and the BIRTH RATE is used to calculate the rate of growth of the population of a country over time. The death rate tends to decline as a country attains higher levels of economic development. See DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITION.
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there they stand, and by them stand those whom they have doomed--the innocent whom, with their wives and children, they have doomed to the death of the dog.
Second of SATAN sprung, all conquering Death, What thinkst thou of our Empire now, though earnd With travail difficult, not better farr Then stil at Hels dark threshold to have sate watch, Unnam'd, undreaded, and thy self half starv'd?
He wishes them to know that the divine sign never interrupted him in the course of his defence; the reason of which, as he conjectures, is that the death to which he is going is a good and not an evil.
But what will be reported of the sudden death of the poor old servant?
Both felt this so strongly that the outward and terrible side of death did not affect them and they did not feel it necessary to foment their grief.
Tarzan knew how strange were the workings of the brains of the mighty carnivora of the jungle--how fiendishly fearless they might be in the face of certain death, and again how timid upon the slightest provocation.
Hast thou not seen Death go past with my little child?
his left; both agreed that he was absolutely dead; but as to the distemper, or cause of his death, they differed; Dr Y.
Death, Life and Materialism were fine words, but would Mr.
I talk of the instinct of life, which is to live, and which, when death looms near and large, masters the instinct, so called, of immortality.
His thoughts were of the most various, but the end of all his thoughts was the same-- death.
I was overcome by gloom and misery and often reflected I had better seek death than desire to remain in a world which to me was replete with wretchedness.