Definitions for poison
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word poison.
poison, toxicant, poisonous substancenoun
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"
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.
Etymology: From poison, from potio, from poto. See also potion and potable.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
That which destroys or injures life by a small quantity, and by means not obvious to the senses; venom.
Etymology: poison, Fr.
The tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Ja.
Themselves were first to do the ill,
E’er they thereof the knowledge could attain;
Like him that knew not poison ’s power to kill,
Until, by tasting it, himself was slain. Davies.
One gives another a cup of poison, but at the same time tells him it is a cordial, and so he drinks it off and dies. South.
Etymology: from the noun.
Envy is a lawless enemy, against whom poisoned arrows may be used. Anonymous.
He was so discouraged, that he poisoned himself and died. 2 Mac. x. 13.
Drink with Walters, or with Chartres eat;
They’ll never poison you, they’ll only cheat. Alexander Pope.
The other messenger,
Whose welcome I perceiv’d, had poison’d mine. William Shakespeare.
Hast thou not
With thy false arts poison’d his people’s loyalty? Nicholas Rowe.
Poison is a chemical substance that has a detrimental effect to life. The term is used in a wide range of scientific fields and industries, where it is often specifically defined. It may also be applied colloquially or figuratively, with a broad sense. Whether something is considered a poison may change depending on the amount, the circumstances, and what living things are present. Poisoning could be accidental or deliberate, and if the cause can be identified there may be ways to neutralise the effects or minimise the symptoms. In biology, a poison is a chemical substance causing death, injury or harm to organisms or their parts. In medicine, poisons are a kind of toxin that are delivered passively, not actively. In industry the term may be negative, something to be removed to make a thing safe, or positive, an agent to limit unwanted pests. In ecological terms, poisons introduced into the environment can later cause unwanted effects elsewhere, or in other parts of the food chain.
A poison is a substance that, when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism, causes damage, illness, or death, often by chemical reactions or other activity at the molecular level. It can be naturally present in certain living organisms, plants or artificially created in laboratories. Effects of poison can range from minor irritations to severe harm or even fatality. Its severity is generally determined by the quantity, method of exposure, duration of exposure, and the individual's resistance to it.
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
Etymology: [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]
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
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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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'poison' in Nouns Frequency: #2986
The numerical value of poison in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of poison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions the surest poison is time.
The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.
First thing you do is say, people are not paying a water bill for poison water. And that is retroactive, you are playing three times more for poison water than I am paying in Burlington, Vermont, for clean water.
The federal government’s turning a blind eye as offshore fracking threatens to poison our beautiful beaches and coastal waters, we need offshore fracking stopped immediately before chemical contamination or an oil spill devastates California’s coastal communities and kills sea otters and other endangered marine wildlife.
Malice drinks one half of its own poison.
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- ağı, zəhərAzerbaijani
- атру́чваць, атру́та, атру́ціць, ядBelarusian
- отравям, отро́ва, тровяBulgarian
- ampoezoniñ, ampoezonBreton
- enverinar, emmetzinar, verí, metzinaCatalan, Valencian
- otrávit, jed, trávitCzech
- gift, forgifteDanish
- vergiften, Giftstoff, GiftGerman
- μολύνω, δηλητήριο, φαρμάκι, φαρμακώνω, ποτό, δηλητηριάζωGreek
- veneno, envenenarSpanish
- mürk, mürgitamaEstonian
- myrkyttää, myrkkyFinnish
- eitur, gift, eitra, dálkaFaroese
- poison, empoisonnerFrench
- nimh, nimhighIrish
- nimh, puinnseanScottish Gaelic
- רַעַל, סַםHebrew
- विष, ज़हर, हलाहलHindi
- megmérgez, méregHungarian
- թույն, թունավորելArmenian
- intoxicar, veneno, invenenar, toxicoInterlingua
- racun, bisaIndonesian
- toxiko, venenoIdo
- veleno, avvelenare, intossicareItalian
- 毒, [[毒]][[を]][[混入]][[する]], [[毒]][[を]][[盛る]]Japanese
- у, зәрKazakh
- ژههر, jehr, jehr kirin, jehr dan, jar, دهرمانخواردKurdish
- veneno, venenum, toxicumLatin
- GëftLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- nuodai, nuodytiLithuanian
- saindēt, samaitāt, inde, noindētLatvian
- huarua, paitini, whakaparuMāori
- gif, vergif, vergiftigen, vergiftDutch
- маргOssetian, Ossetic
- trucizna, truć, zatruwać, otruć, jadPolish
- empeçonhar, intoxicar, veneno, peçonha, tóxico, envenenarPortuguese
- teissa, tössi, tissiRomansh
- învenina, intoxica, otravă, otrăvi, veninRomanian
- отравля́ть, трави́ть, отрави́ть, яд, отра́ваRussian
- о̀тров, òtrovSerbo-Croatian
- විස, වහ, වස, විෂSinhala, Sinhalese
- otráviť, jedSlovak
- gift, förgiftaSwedish
- พิษ, ยาพิษThai
- zehirlemek, ağılamak, zehir, ağıTurkish
- زەھەرUyghur, Uighur
- яд, тру́їти, отру́їти, отру́та, отру́юватиUkrainian
- زہر, ہلاہلUrdu
- ogʻu, zaharUzbek
- chất độc, thuốc độcVietnamese
- venen, venenönVolapük
- סם, גיפטYiddish
- isihlungu, ubuthiZulu
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