What does kill mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word kill.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. killing, kill, putting to death(noun)

    the act of terminating a life

  2. kill(verb)

    the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

    "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

  3. kill(verb)

    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

    "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

  4. kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)

    thwart the passage of

    "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

  5. stamp out, kill(verb)

    end or extinguish by forceful means

    "Stamp out poverty!"

  6. kill(verb)

    be fatal

    "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"

  7. kill(verb)

    be the source of great pain for

    "These new shoes are killing me!"

  8. kill(verb)

    overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

    "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"

  9. kill(verb)

    hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

    "She killed the ball"

  10. kill(verb)

    hit with great force

    "He killed the ball"

  11. kill(verb)

    deprive of life

    "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

  12. kill(verb)

    cause the death of, without intention

    "She was killed in the collision of three cars"

  13. toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down, kill(verb)

    drink down entirely

    "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"

  14. kill, obliterate, wipe out(verb)

    mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

    "kill these lines in the President's speech"

  15. kill(verb)

    tire out completely

    "The daily stress of her work is killing her"

  16. kill(verb)

    cause to cease operating

    "kill the engine"

  17. kill(verb)

    destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

    "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

GCIDE

  1. Kill(v. t.)

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

  2. Kill(v. t.)

    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.

  3. Kill(v. t.)

    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.

  4. Origin: [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.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kill(noun)

    a kiln

  2. Kill(noun)

    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

  3. Kill(verb)

    to deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay

  4. Kill(verb)

    to destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book

  5. Kill(verb)

    to cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind

  6. Kill(verb)

    to destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid

  7. Origin: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kill

    kil, v.t. to put to death, to slay: to nullify or neutralise, to weaken or dilute, to render inactive: to reject, discard: to fascinate, overcome.—n. the act of killing, as game.—ns. Kill′-court′esy (Shak.), a discourteous, boorish person; Kill′-crop, a changeling; Kill′er, one who kills, a slaughterer or butcher: a club for killing fish: a ferocious delphinid which sometimes attacks the whale.—p.adj. Kill′ing, depriving of life: destructive: deadly, irresistible: completely fascinating.—n. and adj. Kill′joy, a mar-sport, austere.—Kill by inches, by gradual means, as by torture; Kill off, to exterminate; Kill time, to consume spare time, as with amusements, &c.; Kill two birds with one stone, to effect one thing by the way, or by the same means with which another thing is done; Kill up (Shak.), to exterminate.—Killing times, the days of the persecution of the Covenanters.—Do a thing to kill, in an irresistible manner. [M. E. killen or cullen—Ice. kolla, to hit on the head—kollr, the head; not a doublet of quell.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2341

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1891

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Verbs Frequency: #143

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Medgar Evers:

    You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea.

  2. Jean Rostand:

    Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill all and you are a God.

  3. Jean Rostand:

    Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.

  4. Azaraksh Mokri:

    We need to do something so that they don't die, don't kill themselves, don't kill others, and don't get psychosis so they can mature out and get out.

  5. Mother Teresa:

    The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me There is nothing between.

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