Kill

Noun

  • The result of killing; that which has been killed.

    "The fox dragged its kill back to its den."

  • A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea.

    "Schuylkill, Catskill, etc."

  • Specifically, the death blow.

    "The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head."

  • A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea.

    "The channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills."

  • The act of killing.

    "The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives."

  • (volleyball) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.
  • A kiln.

Verb

  • (transitive, figuratively, informal) To exert an overwhelming effect on.

    "Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore."

  • (transitive) To put to death; to extinguish the life of.

    "There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills."

  • (intransitive, informal) To produce intense pain.

    "You don't ever want to get rabies. The doctor will have to give you multiple shots and they really kill."

  • (transitive) To render inoperative.

    "Kirk Douglas, (actor, as Peter), The Fury (1978): Peter: Ask Childers if it was worth his arm."

  • (mathematics, transitive, idiomatic, informal) To cause to assume the value zero.
  • (transitive, figuratively) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.

    "The editor decided to kill the story."

  • (transitive, figuratively, hyperbolic) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.

    "That night, she was dressed to kill."

  • (transitive, figuratively) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in.

    "It kills me to learn how many poor people are practically starving in this country while rich moguls spend such outrageous amounts on useless luxuries."

  • (transitive, figuratively, informal) To exert an overwhelming effect on.

    "Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer."

  • (transitive) To put to death; to extinguish the life of.

    "Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined."

  • (transitive) To force a company out of business.
  • (transitive) To render inoperative.

    "He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting."

  • (transitive, sports) 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.
  • (transitive) To render inoperative.

    "Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun."

  • (transitive, figuratively) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.

    "My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes."

  • (transitive, figuratively) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in.

    "It kills me to throw out three whole turkeys, but I can't get anyone to take them and they've already started to go bad."

  • (transitive) To use up or to waste.

    "He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle.""

  • (transitive, figuratively, hyperbolic) To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.

    "The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations."

  • (transitive, fiction) To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character).

    "Shakespeare killed Romeo and Juliet for drama."

  • (transitive) To render inoperative.

    "Policeman: What did you do to his arm, Peter?"

  • (figuratively, informal, hyperbolic) To punish severely.

    "My parents are going to kill me!"

  • (transitive, figuratively) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.

    "The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it."

  • (transitive, figuratively, hyperbolic) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.

    "That joke always kills me."

  • (transitive) To use up or to waste.

    "I'm just doing this to kill time."

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