1. The act of killing.
=\“There is none like to me!” says the cub in the pride of his earliest kill.\= --Kipling.
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. --Kipling.
Kill n. A kiln. [Obs.]
Kill, n. 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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed p. pr. & vb. n. Killing.]
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 ! --Shak.
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. --Shak.
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. --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 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.
n 1: the act of terminating a life [syn: killing, putting to
2: the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or
missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
v 1: 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
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
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
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
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"