Definitions for poisonˈpɔɪ zən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a substance that has an inherent tendency to destroy life or impair health.
something harmful or pernicious, as to happiness or well-being.
(v.t.)to administer poison to (a person or animal).
to kill or injure with or as if with poison.
to put poison into or upon; saturate with poison.
to ruin, vitiate, or corrupt:
Hatred had poisoned their minds.
Chem. to destroy or diminish the activity of (a catalyst or enzyme).
a poison shrub.
* Syn: poison , toxin , venom are terms for any substance that injures the health or destroys life when absorbed into the system. poison is the general word: a poison for insects. A toxin is a poison produced by an organism; it is esp. used in medicine in reference to disease-causing bacterial secretions: A toxin produces diphtheria.venom is esp. used of the poisons injected by bite, sting, etc.: snake venom; bee venom.
Origin of poison:
1200–50; ME puisun < OF < L pōtiōnem, acc. of pōtiō drink, potion
poison, toxicant, poisonous substance(noun)
any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
anything that harms or destroys
"the poison of fascism"
spoil as if by poison
"poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
kill with poison
"She poisoned her husband"
add poison to
"Her husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her"
kill by its poison
"This mushrooms can poison"
administer poison to
"She poisoned her husband but he did not die"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a harmful substance when eaten or drunk
a deadly poison
to give poison to harm or kill
Blood tests showed he had been poisoned.
to pollute or contaminate
gases that poison the atmosphere
to affect badly
He had poisoned her mind against them.
A substance that is harmful or lethal to a living organism.
We used a poison to kill the weeds.
Something that harms a person or thing.
Gossip is a malicious poison.
A drink; liquor.
To use poison to kill or paralyse somebody
The assassin poisoned the king.
To pollute; to cause some part of the environment to become poisonous
That factory is poisoning the river.
To cause something to become much worse
To cause someone to hate or to have unfair negative opinions
She's poisoned him against all his old friends.
Origin: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.
any agent which, when introduced into the animal organism, is capable of producing a morbid, noxious, or deadly effect upon it; as, morphine is a deadly poison; the poison of pestilential diseases
that which taints or destroys moral purity or health; as, the poison of evil example; the poison of sin
to put poison upon or into; to infect with poison; as, to poison an arrow; to poison food or drink
to injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to
to taint; to corrupt; to vitiate; as, vice poisons happiness; slander poisoned his mind
to act as, or convey, a poison
In the context of biology, poisons are substances that cause disturbances to organisms, usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular scale, when a sufficient quantity is absorbed by an organism. The fields of medicine and zoology often distinguish a poison from a toxin, and from a venom. Toxins are poisons produced by some biological function in nature, and venoms are usually defined as toxins that are injected by a bite or sting to cause their effect, while other poisons are generally defined as substances absorbed through epithelial linings such as the skin or gut.
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Rank popularity for the word 'poison' in Nouns Frequency: #2986
Translations for poison
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to kill or harm with poison
He poisoned his wife.
- envenenarPortuguese (BR)
- مسموم کردنFarsi
- विष देनाHindi
- eitra, byrla eiturIcelandic
- saindēt; noindētLatvian
- مسموم کردنPersian
- زار وركولPashto
- a otrăviRomanian
- 毒殺Chinese (Trad.)
- زہر دينا، زہر دے کر مارديناUrdu
- đầu độcVietnamese
- 毒杀Chinese (Simp.)
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