What does poison mean?

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ˈpɔɪ zənpoi·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poison, toxicant, poisonous substance(noun)

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

  2. poison(verb)

    anything that harms or destroys

    "the poison of fascism"

  3. poison(verb)

    spoil as if by poison

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

  4. poison(verb)

    kill with poison

    "She poisoned her husband"

  5. poison, envenom(verb)

    add poison to

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

  6. poison(verb)

    kill by its poison

    "This mushrooms can poison"

  7. poison(verb)

    administer poison to

    "She poisoned her husband but he did not die"

Wiktionary

  1. poison(Noun)

    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. poison(Noun)

    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. poison(Noun)

    A drink; liquor.

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

  4. poison(Verb)

    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. poison(Verb)

    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. poison(Verb)

    To cause something to become much worse

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

  7. poison(Verb)

    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. Poison(noun)

    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. Poison(noun)

    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. Poison(noun)

    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. Poison(noun)

    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. Poison(noun)

    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. Poison(verb)

    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. President Juan Manuel Santos:

    We will continue to act strongly against these criminals who poison our youth, who sow violence, who promote corruption not only in Colombia but across the world.

  2. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson:

    There’s a growing heroin epidemic in New York and other parts of the country that’s taking the lives of many of our young people hooked on this deadly and highly addictive drug, we must deal with this quiet drug plague by going after those who peddle this poison in our communities.

  3. Mayra Solis:

    The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me, we need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies.

  4. Lucretius, De Rerum Natura:

    What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.

  5. Mark DeSaulnier:

    You don't ask for permission, you ask for forgiveness, you're nothing but a marketer of a poison, and your target has been young people.

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
    • A. gauge
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    • C. disguise
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