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English Dictionary: killing by the DICT Development Group
3 results for killing
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. very funny; "a killing joke"; "sidesplitting antics"
    Synonym(s): killing, sidesplitting
  1. an event that causes someone to die [syn: killing, violent death]
  2. the act of terminating a life
    Synonym(s): killing, kill, putting to death
  3. a very large profit
    Synonym(s): killing, cleanup
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Kill \Kill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Killed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Killing}.] [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.]
      1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or
            by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to
                     Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !
      2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill
            the sale of a book. [bd]To kill thine honor.[b8] --Shak.
                     Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak.
      3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in
            seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind.
                     Be comforted, good madam; the great rage, You see,
                     is killed in him.                              --Shak.
      4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize;
            as, alkali kills acid.
      {To kill time}, to busy one's self with something which
            occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without
      Syn: To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To
               {Kill}, {Murder}, {Assassinate}. To kill does not
               necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man
               may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without
               the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with
               malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is
               tomurder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill
               without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not
               assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Killing \Kill"ing\, a.
      Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a
      colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. --
      {Kill"ing*ly}, adv.
               Those eyes are made so killing.               --Pope.
               Nothing could be more killingly spoken.   --Milton.
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