What does poison mean?

Definitions for poison
ˈpɔɪ zənpoi·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poison, toxicant, poisonous substancenoun

    any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism

  2. poisonverb

    anything that harms or destroys

    "the poison of fascism"

  3. poisonverb

    spoil as if by poison

    "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"

  4. poisonverb

    kill with poison

    "She poisoned her husband"

  5. poison, envenomverb

    add poison to

    "Her husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her"

  6. poisonverb

    kill by its poison

    "This mushrooms can poison"

  7. poisonverb

    administer poison to

    "She poisoned her husband but he did not die"

Wiktionary

  1. poisonnoun

    A substance that is harmful or lethal to a living organism.

    We used a poison to kill the weeds.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  2. poisonnoun

    Something that harms a person or thing.

    Gossip is a malicious poison.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  3. poisonnoun

    A drink; liquor.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  4. poisonverb

    To use poison to kill or paralyse somebody

    The assassin poisoned the king.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  5. poisonverb

    To pollute; to cause some part of the environment to become poisonous

    That factory is poisoning the river.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  6. poisonverb

    To cause something to become much worse

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

  7. poisonverb

    To cause someone to hate or to have unfair negative opinions

    She's poisoned him against all his old friends.

    Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poisonnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  2. Poisonnoun

    that which taints or destroys moral purity or health; as, the poison of evil example; the poison of sin

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  3. Poisonnoun

    to put poison upon or into; to infect with poison; as, to poison an arrow; to poison food or drink

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  4. Poisonnoun

    to injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  5. Poisonnoun

    to taint; to corrupt; to vitiate; as, vice poisons happiness; slander poisoned his mind

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  6. Poisonverb

    to act as, or convey, a poison

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

Freebase

  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poison

    poi′zn, n. any substance which, introduced into the living organism, tends to destroy its life or impair its health: anything malignant or infectious: that which taints or destroys moral purity.—v.t. to infect or to kill with poison: to taint: to mar: to embitter: to corrupt.—adj. Poi′sonable.—ns. Poi′soner; Poi′son-fang, one of two large tubular teeth in the upper jaw of venomous serpents, through which poison passes from glands at their roots when the animal bites; Poi′son-gland, a gland which secretes poison; Poi′son-ī′vy, a shrub-vine of North America, causing a cutaneous eruption; Poi′son-nut, the nux vomica.—adj. Poi′sonous, having the quality of poison: destructive: impairing soundness or purity.—adv. Poi′sonously.—n. Poi′sonousness. [Fr.,—L. potio, a draught—potāre, to drink.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'poison' in Nouns Frequency: #2986

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poison in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of poison in a Sentence

  1. Uhuru Kenyatta:

    We will establish a new prison to hold violent, extremist offenders – the truth of the matter is that we cannot allow them to spread their poison to vulnerable Kenyans.

  2. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    This should not be a partisan issue, the way the Democrats have tried to turn this into a partisan issue – that somehow Republicans woke up in the morning and decided oh, it’s a good time to poison some kids with lead. It’s absurd. It’s outrageous.

  3. Aleksandre Kvakhadze:

    A group tried to poison him, but it didn't work.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions the surest poison is time.

  5. Hoth Gor Luak:

    We don't trust those traders, most of them are Dinkas ... They can poison it.

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