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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a revenge killing
▪ Her death was followed by a series of revenge killings.
an explosion kills sb
▪ Last year, an underground explosion killed 82 miners.
be killed/injured in a clash
▪ Eight people were killed in clashes between the army and police.
be killed/wounded in action (=killed or wounded while fighting)
▪ Four of her sons have been killed in action.
have time to kill (=have time to do something unimportant while waiting for something)
▪ I still had some time to kill, so I thought I’d make a couple of phone calls.
honour killing
indiscriminate attacks/killing/violence/bombing etc
▪ terrorists responsible for indiscriminate killing
kill time (=spend time doing something unimportant while waiting for something)
▪ He was just killing time before his appointment.
killed outright
▪ The passenger was killed outright.
killed...with his bare hands
▪ He had killed a man with his bare hands.
mercy killing
my feet are killing meinformal (= my feet are hurting)
report sb/sth missing/injured/killed
▪ The plane was reported missing.
shoot to kill (=shoot at someone with the intention of killing them)
▪ The soldiers had orders to shoot to kill.
the suspense is killing me (=I feel very excited or anxious because I do not know what will happen next)
▪ Come on then, tell me what happened; the suspense is killing me .
▪ Vermin, he called them, when she protested at killing a sitting bird.
▪ Lleland was obviously out to kill two birds with one stone.
▪ Adding five examples to the chapters that at present lack them would kill two birds with one stone.
▪ Wind farms also take up huge tracts of land and can kill birds caught in turbine blades.
▪ It plans to issue general licences entitling landowners to kill unwanted birds on their property.
▪ In trying to play matchmaker and kill two birds with one stone, I nearly annihilated three.
▪ Perhaps this boy knows something about them, he thought ... Something has been killing rabbits and birds in the woods lately.
▪ Thorpey said it'd kill two birds with one stone.
▪ He did nothing to them, but they want to kill him.
▪ Without knowing the details, I wanted to kill Howie.
▪ I don't want to kill their dreams.
▪ You want us to get killed?
▪ Zadak wanted to kill me, but I killed him.
▪ He possessed no sense of reverence for the giant fish and wanted to kill them all without Understanding his primitive motivation.
▪ Why should I have wanted to kill him?
▪ A state is totally up against it when it wants to kill somebody.
a gangland killing/murder/shooting etc
curiosity killed the cat
▪ The townspeople had learned the hard way that curiosity killed the cat - you stayed indoors if there was trouble.
dressed to kill
▪ In her black velvet cocktail dress, Elaine Russell was dressed to kill.
▪ Erica, who had been dressed to kill when he got to the flat, had agreed.
▪ He is dressed to kill with no place to go.
drive-by shooting/killing
▪ A family of illegal aliens is peppered with shotgun pellets in a drive-by shooting.
▪ A second drive-by shooting March 19 was linked to another gang.
▪ All we get is this stereotyping of violence that I believe leads to drive-by shootings.
▪ As far as we know, nobody ever pulled a drive-by shooting from a golf cart.
▪ G., was killed March 9 in a Los Angeles drive-by shooting.
▪ One person died in a drive-by shooting and several were injured.
▪ The last attack was a drive-by shooting about 3 a. m. June 1.
▪ Your son was killed in a drive-by shooting.
if looks could kill
kill sth stone dead
▪ Indeed, as expectations can kill the magic stone dead, such occasions are often evoked by going somewhere completely new.
make a killing
▪ Alexander recalled making a killing in the stock market in the '80s.
▪ He had made a killing on the stock exchange that morning.
▪ Vito's a debonair middle-aged New Yorker, who's made a killing in advertising.
▪ After making a killing on other Trump casino bonds, he sold them recently.
▪ Boy, if you only knew what corporate insiders knew, you could make a killing on a stock, right?
▪ But an on-the-ball whisky shop could make a killing with its special EC-label malt Scotch at £27.70 a bottle.
▪ Buy speculative stuff and you can make a killing or get killed, depending which way the wind blows.
▪ Not strongly enough to kill me for that, but certainly strongly enough to make killing me satisfying in that respect also.
▪ They're a safe investment, but in love you can make a killing overnight.
▪ They should make a killing today.
run out the clock/kill the clock
▪ A car drove onto the pavement, killing three of Mrs Maguire's children.
▪ Alan wore a dress to the party? That kills me!
▪ Carrie will kill me if I forget her birthday.
▪ Could you give me something to kill the pain?
▪ He claims that he didn't mean to kill his wife.
▪ I was early, so I sat in a café, killing time.
▪ Is it morally acceptable to kill animals for food?
▪ James Dean was killed in a car crash in 1955.
▪ Losing funding now would kill the project.
▪ Many people do not realize that these drugs are dangerous and can kill.
▪ Mr Howard released a statement in an effort to kill speculation in the press.
▪ My sixteen-year-old son Louis was killed by a drunk driver two years ago.
▪ Noland is accused of killing her stepfather.
▪ Official sources say that 20 people were killed in last night's air raids.
▪ Quick! Kill the lights.
▪ Smoking kills.
▪ The disease has already killed more than 2000 in Latin America.
▪ The explosion killed 32 people.
▪ The gunman killed 22 people and wounded 15, before turning his gun on himself.
▪ The police believe the man may kill again.
▪ During his address, some shots were fired, two men were killed, and several wounded.
▪ He told Creon that Thebes would be save only if Menoeceus was killed.
▪ He was capable of killing a man with his bare hands.
▪ I thought he had been in a car accident that had killed everyone else.
▪ On May 3, 1885, police fired into a crowd of strikers in Chicago, wounding many and killing four.
▪ Some one possessing special strength or skill attacks and kills the monster or drives him away.
▪ The second Returner had killed two men, and had also been destroyed in the process before full analysis could commence.
▪ They've tried to kill me.
a gangland killing/murder/shooting etc
dressed to kill
▪ In her black velvet cocktail dress, Elaine Russell was dressed to kill.
▪ Erica, who had been dressed to kill when he got to the flat, had agreed.
▪ He is dressed to kill with no place to go.
drive-by shooting/killing
▪ A family of illegal aliens is peppered with shotgun pellets in a drive-by shooting.
▪ A second drive-by shooting March 19 was linked to another gang.
▪ All we get is this stereotyping of violence that I believe leads to drive-by shootings.
▪ As far as we know, nobody ever pulled a drive-by shooting from a golf cart.
▪ G., was killed March 9 in a Los Angeles drive-by shooting.
▪ One person died in a drive-by shooting and several were injured.
▪ The last attack was a drive-by shooting about 3 a. m. June 1.
▪ Your son was killed in a drive-by shooting.
if looks could kill
kill sth stone dead
▪ Indeed, as expectations can kill the magic stone dead, such occasions are often evoked by going somewhere completely new.
▪ Shoot only if you are confident of a kill.
▪ The winning point came on a kill by Amy Earle.
▪ But you can never effect a total kill.
▪ In 1963, too, the sperm-whale kill reached its peak, claiming about thirty thousand of the great beasts.
▪ That lasted only a few seconds; then the leopard got a good hold on its kill.
▪ The snakes are sometimes hard to find, so the Webers never miss a chance to make a kill.
▪ This was his fourth patrol of the day and only his first kill of the week.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Kill \Kill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed (k[i^]ld); 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 slay.

    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. ``To kill thine honor.''

    Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares.

  3. 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.

    Be comforted, good madam; the great rage, You see, is killed in him.

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

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

  6. 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.

    To kill time, to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without tediousness.

    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 to murder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and murders.


Kill \Kill\, n.

  1. The act of killing.

    ``There is none like to me!'' says the cub in the pride of his earliest kill.

  2. An animal killed in the hunt, as by a beast of prey.

    If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride.


Kill \Kill\, n. [D. kil.] 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.


Kill \Kill\ (k[i^]l), n. A kiln. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "to strike, hit, beat, knock;" c.1300, "to deprive of life," perhaps from an unrecorded variant of Old English cwellan "to kill" (see quell), but the earliest sense suggests otherwise. Sense in to kill time is from 1728. Related: Killed; killing. Kill-devil, colloquial for "rum," especially if new or of bad quality, is from 1630s.


"stream," 1630s, American English, from Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille "riverbed," especially in place names (such as Schuylkill). A common Germanic word, the Old Norse form, kill, meant "bay, gulf" and gave its name to Kiel Fjord on the German Baltic coast and thence to Kiel, the port city founded there in 1240.


early 13c., "a stroke, a blow," from kill (v.). Meaning "act of killing" is from 1814; that of "a killed animal" is from 1878. Lawn tennis serve sense is from 1903. The kill "the knockout" is boxing jargon, 1950.


Etymology 1 n. 1 The act of killing. 2 Specifically, the death blow. 3 The result of killing; that which has been killed. 4 (context volleyball English) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To put to death; to extinguish the life of. 2 (context transitive fiction English) To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character). 3 (context transitive English) To render inoperative. 4 (context transitive figuratively English) To stop, cease(,) or render void; to terminate. 5 (context transitive figuratively hyperbole English) To amaze, exceed, stun(,) or otherwise incapacitate. 6 (context transitive figuratively English) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in. 7 (context transitive English) To use up or to waste. 8 (context transitive figuratively informal English) To exert an overwhelming effect on. 9 (context transitive figuratively hyperbole English) To overpower, overwhelm(,) or defeat. 10 (context transitive English) To force a company out of business. 11 (context intransitive informal English) To produce intense pain. 12 (context figuratively informal hyperbole English) To punish severely. 13 (context transitive sports English) To strike a ball or similar object with such force and placement as to make a shot that is impossible to defend against, usually winning a point. Etymology 2

n. A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the se

  1. Etymology 3

    n. A kiln.

  1. n. the act of terminating a life [syn: killing, putting to death]

  2. the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

  1. v. 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"

  2. thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal" [syn: shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out]

  3. cause the death of, without intention; "She was killed in the collision of three cars"

  4. end or extinguish by forceful means; "Stamp out poverty!" [syn: stamp out]

  5. be fatal; "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"

  6. be the source of great pain for; "These new shoes are killing me!"

  7. overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration; "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"

  8. hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games; "She killed the ball"

  9. hit with great force; "He killed the ball"

  10. deprive of life; "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

  11. drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work" [syn: toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down]

  12. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase; "kill these lines in the President's speech" [syn: obliterate, wipe out]

  13. tire out completely; "The daily stress of her work is killing her"

  14. cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"

  15. destroy a vitally essential quality of or in; "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

Kill (command)

In computing, kill is a command that is used in several popular operating systems to send signals to running processes in order to request the termination of the process.


Kill may refer to:

  • The act of causing the death of a living organism
Kill (Mell song)

KILL is the 4th single of I've Sound singer, Mell. It is released on November 19, 2008, a year and almost two months after the release of her 3rd single. The title track will be used as the opening theme for Mamoru Oshii's live-action film entitled while the B-side song On my own will be used as the ending theme for the same film. Since this single only reached #37 in the Oricon weekly charts and only charted for two weeks, this is Mell's weakest single to date.

The single will come in a regular CD-only edition (GNCV-0012) and a limited CD+DVD edition (GNCV-0011) which will contain the PV for KILL.

Kill (body of water)

As a body of water, a kill is a creek. The word comes from the Middle Dutchkille, meaning "riverbed" or "water channel".

The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in the Delaware and Hudson Valleys and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea. Examples are Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, both separating Staten Island, New York from New Jersey, Dutch Kills and English Kills off Newtown Creek, Bronx Kill between the Bronx and Randalls Island, and used as a composite name, Wallkill River in New York and New Jersey, Paulinskill River that runs through Sussex and Warren County in New Jersey, and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. Fresh Kills is the primary waterway that leads to the former Fresh Kills landfill which serviced the city of New York in the second half of the 20th century and was once the largest landfill in the world.

The term is incorporated into several rivers in Delaware including the Murderkill River, the Broadkill River, and the Whorekill River. "Kill" also shows up in many location names such as the Catskill Mountains, the city of Peekskill, the town of Fishkill, New York, and the hamlet of Wynantskill, New York.

A reference to 'kil' can be found in Dutch geographical names, e.g. Dordtsche Kil, Sluiskil (in the Terneuzen municipality), or Kil van Hurwenen.

Kill (Cannibal Corpse album)

Kill is the tenth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse, released on March 21, 2006. This release marks the return of guitarist Rob Barrett, who had previously played on The Bleeding and Vile. The European version of the album comes with a live DVD filmed in Strasbourg in 2004 called Hammer Smashed Laiterie. The album was produced at Mana Recording Studios by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan.

Music videos were produced for the tracks "Make Them Suffer" and "Death Walking Terror".

In the week following its release, Kill became the second Cannibal Corpse album to make an appearance on the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at #170.

Kill (Electric Six album)

KILL is the sixth album by Detroit rock band Electric Six.

In initial press releases, the band described the album as being a return to a sound more akin to their debut album, but this was later revealed by front-man Dick Valentine to be more gimmick than truth.

An explicit video was released for "Body Shot".

Usage examples of "kill".

Weavers had been responsible for the practice of killing Aberrant children for more than a hundred years.

He was killed in much the same manner as Lord Abet and the other nobles these past months.

Then the witch with her abhominable science, began to conjure and to make her Ceremonies, to turne the heart of the Baker to his wife, but all was in vaine, wherefore considering on the one side that she could not bring her purpose to passe, and on the other side the losse of her gaine, she ran hastily to the Baker, threatning to send an evill spirit to kill him, by meane of her conjurations.

With the exception of Harry Keeler, who posed a direct threat to the Abiders, he had yet to see or hear of an Interloper killing a human being.

I am to kill him over again, there is nothing for it but our abiding with him for the next few hours at least.

Conquerors followed, and conquerors of those, an empire killed its mother aborning, a religion called men to strange hilltops, a new race and a new state bestrode the Earth.

It was found that the womb had been ruptured and the child killed, for in several days it was delivered in a putrid mass, partly through the natural passage and partly through an abscess opening in the abdominal wall.

More people have been killed while abseiling than from any other mountaineering activity.

StregaSchloss on the end of a moth-eaten damask curtain was a bad idea, or maybe the sight of the Borgia money going to such an undeserving home had simply robbed the estate lawyer of the will to live, but miraculously his abseiling suicide attempt didnt kill him.

The glands of Drosera absorb matter from living seeds, which are injured or killed by the secretion.

The horrifying truth is that she was almost certainly kept captive in the cellar for several days, and regularly tortured and abused, until she was finally killed.

While child abuse is an ever-increasing fact of British life, now estimated to afflict one family in every twelve, not every abused child goes on to kill.

The women in Group X know Malik is killing abusers, and also that he killed an innocent man.

Daddy caught my grandfather abusing me, and Grandpapa killed him to keep him quiet.

Kill the rogue that had Killed Aby and haunted the convoy down the mountain.