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Definition of KILL

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Kill \Kill\ (k[i^]l), n.
     A kiln. [Obs.] --Fuller.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Kill \Kill\, n. [D. kil.]
     A channel or arm of the sea; a river; a stream; as, the channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills; -- used also in composition; as, Schuylkill, Catskill, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Kill \Kill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Killed} (k[i^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Killing}.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill, strike; perh. the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill (cf. {Quell}), or perh. rather akin to Icel. kolla to hit in the head, harm, kollr top, summit, head, Sw. kulle, D. kollen to kill with the ax.]
     1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay. [1913 Webster]

              Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book. "To kill thine honor." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind; new sound insultation killed the loud noises from outside. [1913 Webster +PJC]

              Be comforted, good madam; the great rage, You see, is killed in him.            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid. [1913 Webster]

     5. To waste or spend unprofitably; -- usually used of time; as, he killed an hour waiting for the doctor to see him. [PJC]

     6. To cancel or forbid publication of (a report, article, etc.), after it has been written; as, they killed the article after getting threats of a lawsuit. [PJC]

     {To kill time}, to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without tediousness.

     Syn: To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To {Kill}, {Murder}, {Assassinate}. To kill does not necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is to murder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and murders.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Kill \Kill\, n.
     1. The act of killing.

              "There is none like to me!" says the cub in the pride of his earliest kill.           --Kipling. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     2. An animal killed in the hunt, as by a beast of prey.

              If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride.                         --Kipling. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

310 Moby Thesaurus words for "kill":
     KO, abbreviate, abridge, absorb, adolescent stream, amuse, annihilate, arroyo, asphyxiate, assassinate, bane, beasts of venery, beck, beguile, bereave of life, big game, black out, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, blot out, blue-pencil, bottle up, bourn, bowdlerize, braided stream, braining, branch, brook, brooklet, bump off, burn, butcher, call off, cancel, carry away, carry off, censor, channel, chloroform, choke, choke off, clamp down on, close, complete, conclusion, constitute, consume, convulse, cork, cork up, coup de grace, crack down on, creek, crick, cross out, crush, cut, cut down, cut off, cut short, damp, damp down, deaden, dealing death, death, deathblow, decimate, decree, defeat, delete, delight, denouement, deprive of life, destroy, destruction, destruction of life, devastate, dispatch, dispose of, divert, do away with, do for, do in, do to death, down, drop the curtain, drown, dull, edit, edit out, eliminate, enact, enact laws, end, end off, enliven, entertain, eradicate, erase, euthanasia, execute, execution, exhaust, exhilarate, expunge, expurgate, exterminate, extermination, extinguish, fag out, fatigue, filibuster, fill, finalize, finish, finish off, flow of blood, flowing stream, fluviation, fold up, fracture one, fresh, freshet, gag, game, get it over, get over with, get rid of, get the floor, get through with, gill, give the quietus, gore, have the floor, hit, hold down, hugger-mugger, hurt, hush, hush up, hush-hush, ice, idle, immolate, immolation, jump on, kayo, keep down, keep under, kibosh, killing, knife, knock dead, knock off, knock out, lapidation, launch into eternity, lay low, lazy stream, legislate, liquidate, lobby through, logroll, loosen up, lynch, make away with, martyr, martyrdom, martyrization, martyrize, massacre, meandering stream, mercy killing, midchannel, midstream, millstream, moving road, muffle, murder, muzzle, navigable river, negative, neutralize, nip, nullify, obliterate, occupy, omit, ordain, pain, pass, perfect, pigeonhole, pocket, poison, poisoning, polish off, pour water on, prey, purge, put away, put down, put in force, put paid to, put through, put to death, put to sleep, quarry, quash, quell, quench, race, racing stream, railroad through, raise a laugh, raise a smile, ravage, recreate, refresh, regale, relax, remove from life, repress, rescind, ritual killing, ritual murder, river, rivulet, roll logs, rub out, ruin, rule against, run, rundle, runlet, runnel, sacrifice, scrag, shoot, shoot down, shooting, shush, shut, shut down, shut down on, shut off, sike, silence, sit down on, sit on, slaughter, slay, slaying, smash, smother, snuff out, solace, spend, spill stream, squash, squelch, stanch, starve, stifle, still, stoning, strangle, stream, stream action, streamlet, strike, strike off, strike out, stultify, subdue, subterranean river, suffocate, suppress, switch off, table, take life, take off, take the floor, taking of life, termination, the hunted, throttle, tickle, tire out, titillate, to, torment, torture, turn off, use up, venery, veto, victim, void, wadi, waste, watercourse, waterway, weary, while away, wipe out, wow, yield the floor, zap


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