killing


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill
      the sale of a book. "To kill thine honor." --Shak.
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            Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak.
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   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.
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            Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
            You see, is killed in him.            --Shak.
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   4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize;
      as, alkali kills acid.
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   5. To waste or spend unprofitably; -- usually used of time;
      as, he killed an hour waiting for the doctor to see him.
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   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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Killing \Kill"ing\, a.
   Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a
   colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. --
   Kill"ing*ly, adv.
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         Those eyes are made so killing.          --Pope.
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         Nothing could be more killingly spoken.  --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

killing \kill"ing\, n.
   1. The act or process of causing a living organism to die.
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   2. An unusually large gain in a financial or business
      transaction or enterprise; as, she made a killing trading
      cattle futures.
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