What does kill mean?

Definitions for kill

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word kill.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. killing, kill, putting to deathnoun

    the act of terminating a life

  2. killverb

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

    "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

  3. killverb

    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 outverb

    thwart the passage of

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

  5. stamp out, killverb

    end or extinguish by forceful means

    "Stamp out poverty!"

  6. killverb

    be fatal

    "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"

  7. killverb

    be the source of great pain for

    "These new shoes are killing me!"

  8. killverb

    overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

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

  9. killverb

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

    "She killed the ball"

  10. killverb

    hit with great force

    "He killed the ball"

  11. killverb

    deprive of life

    "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

  12. killverb

    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, killverb

    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 outverb

    mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

    "kill these lines in the President's speech"

  15. killverb

    tire out completely

    "The daily stress of her work is killing her"

  16. killverb

    cause to cease operating

    "kill the engine"

  17. killverb

    destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

    "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"


  1. Killverb

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

  2. Killverb

    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. Killverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To KILLverb

    Etymology: Anciently To quell; cwellan, Saxon; kelen, Dutch.

    Dar’st thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
    —— Please you, I’d rather kill two enemies. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Ex. xvi. 3.

    There was killing of young and old, making away of men, women, and children. 2 Mac. v. 13.

    We’re mere usurpers, tyrants, and what’s worse,
    To fright the animals, and to kill them up
    In their assign’d and native dwelling place. William Shakespeare.

    Thou shalt kill of thy herd, and of thy flock. Deutr. xii.

    Shall I take my bread, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers? 1 Sa. xxv. 11.

    The medicines which go to the magical ointments, if they were used inwards, would kill those that use them; and therefore they work potently, though outwards. Francis Bacon.

    Try with oil, or barm of drink, so they be such things as kill not the bough. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Catharticks of mercurials mix with all animal acids, as appears by killing it with spittle. John Floyer, on the Humours.


  1. kill

    The term "kill" generally refers to causing the death of a living being, intentionally or unintentionally, through various means or actions, thus ending their life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Killnoun

    a kiln

  2. Killnoun

    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. Killverb

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

  4. Killverb

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

  5. Killverb

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

  6. Killverb

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

  7. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. kill

    A channel or stream, as Cats-kill, Schuylkill, &c.

Rap Dictionary

  1. killnoun

    See marijuana. Crack another 40, smoke some kill -- Schoolly D (Smoke Some Kill).

  2. killnoun

    Verb: To be dope on the microphone, or just dope. Killing 'em dead.

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  2. KILL

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KILL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kill is ranked #21413 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kill surname appeared 1,221 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Kill.

    90.7% or 1,108 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  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

Examples of kill in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a genocidal movement, you kill Christians, you kill Jews, you kill Yazidis but you may in certain circumstances, enslave them, that's what we're up against, and we have an administration that will not even admit there is a religious basis underlying what's going on.

  2. Police Carl Frost:

    Surratt's M.O. was rape; [it] was his motivating force. His M.O. was if there [weren't] children in the house, he would kill any threats – as in any men – and then he would rape the wife and then kill her there … If there were children in the home, he would kill the man and abduct the wife and kill her elsewhere – never bothered the kids … That was his pattern in all of them.

  3. Kori Ali Muhammad:

    I wasn't thinking like ... I'm going to kill, kill, kill. All I knew was white supremacy has to die and the people who benefit from white supremacy ... are white men.

  4. 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.

  5. Travon Free:

    Today the police will kill three people and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the day after that the police will kill three people because on average the police in America every day kill three people.

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