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die (noun) a machine for shaping or punching (especially metals).
A block of metal with a shape cut in it and used to press other metals into shape, cut them or punch them is a die. Dies are used for shaping and printing coins of money, plates, automobile parts, etc..
- The die for the truck part has been designed to suit the specifications of a particular make of trucks of that company.
- The engineer who designed the dies of the coins of the different denominations and the artist who drew the designs for the coins worked together to shape the coins.