- Kill is defined as to cause to die or to destroy.
An example of kill is stepping on an ant.
A woman about to kill a bug.
- to cause the death of; make die
- to destroy the vital or active qualities of
- to destroy; put an end to; ruin
- to prevent the passage of (legislation); defeat or veto
- to spend (time) on matters of little or no importance
- to cause (an engine, etc.) to stop; turn off
- to turn off (a light, esp. a theater spotlight)
- to muffle (sound)
- ☆ to prevent publication of: to kill a newspaper story
- to spoil the effect of; destroy by contrast: said of colors, etc.
- Informal to overcome with laughter, chagrin, pleasure, surprise, etc.
- Informal to cause to feel great pain or discomfort
- Informal to tire out; exhaust
- ☆ Slang to drink the last, or all, of (a bottle of liquor, etc.); finish off
- ☆ Printing to mark as not to be used; score out; cancel
- Tennis, etc. to return (the ball) with such force that it cannot be returned
Origin of killMiddle English kullen, killen ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form cyllan, special late phonetic development of cwellan, to kill: see quell
- to destroy life
- to be killed: plants that kill easily
- an act or instance of killing
- an animal or animals killed
- an enemy plane, ship, etc. destroyed
in at the kill
- present when the hunted animal is killed
- present at the end or climax of some action
Origin of killDutch kil ; from Middle Dutch kille, akin to Old Norse kīll, inlet
verbkilled, kill·ing, kills
- a. To put to death: Who killed Julius Caesar?b. To deprive of life: Smallpox killed millions of people in the 1900s.
- To put an end to; extinguish: The rain killed our plans for a picnic.
- a. To destroy a vitally essential quality in: Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat.b. To cause to cease operating; turn off: killed the motor.c. To tire out completely; exhaust: “The trip to work, and the boredom and nervousness of jobs, kills men” (Jimmy Breslin).
- To pass (time) in aimless activity: killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.
- To consume entirely; finish off: kill a bottle of brandy.
- Sports To prevent the opposing team from scoring on a power play during (a penalty), as in ice hockey.
- To cause extreme pain or discomfort to: My shoes are killing me.
- To mark for deletion; rule out: killed the story.
- To thwart passage of; veto: kill a congressional bill.
- Informal To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration: The outstanding finale killed the audience.
- Sports a. To hit (a ball) with great force.b. To hit (a ball) with such force as to make a return impossible, as in volleyball.
- To cause death or extinction; be fatal.
- Informal To make such a strong impression as to overcome: dress to kill.
- Informal To be very painful or uncomfortable.
- The act of killing.
- a. An animal killed, especially in hunting.b. A person killed or to be killed: “Infantrymen &ellipsis; had seen too many kills suddenly get up and run away or shoot at them as they approached” (Nelson DeMille).c. An event in which large numbers of individuals are killed: a fish kill.d. The act of attacking and destroying an enemy aircraft, vessel, or missile.
- Sports In games such as volleyball and tennis, a shot that is so forcefully hit that it cannot be returned.
Origin of killMiddle English killen, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of killing.
- The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.
- Specifically, the death blow.
- The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head.
- The result of killing; that which has been killed.
- The fox dragged its kill back to its den.
- (volleyball) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.
(third-person singular simple present kills, present participle killing, simple past and past participle killed)
- To put to death; to extinguish the life of.
- Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.
- There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills.
- (fiction) To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character).
- Shakespeare killed Romeo and Juliet for drama.
- To render inoperative.
- He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.
- Kirk Douglas, (actor, as Peter), The Fury (1978):
- Peter: Ask Childers if it was worth his arm.
- Policeman: What did you do to his arm, Peter?
- Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun.
- (figuratively) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.
- The editor decided to kill the story.
- The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it.
- My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes.
- (figuratively, hyperbolic) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.
- That night, she was dressed to kill.
- That joke always kills me.
- (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.
- 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.
- To use up or to waste.
- I'm just doing this to kill time.
- He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle."
- (figuratively, informal) To exert an overwhelming effect on.
- Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer.
- Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore.
- (figuratively, hyperbolic) To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.
- The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.
- To force a company out of business.
- (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.
- (figuratively, informal, hyperbolic) To punish severely.
- My parents are going to kill me!
- (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.
- (mathematics, idiomatic, informal) To cause to assume the value zero.
- (computing, Internet, IRC) To disconnect (a user) forcibly from the network.
From Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen (“to strike, beat, cut”), possibly a variant of Old English cwellan (“to kill, murder, execute”) (see quell), or from Old Norse kolla (“to hit on the head, harm”) (compare Norwegian kylla (“to poll”), Middle Dutch kollen (“to knock down”), Icelandic kollur (“top, head”), see coll, cole). Compare also Middle Dutch killen, kellen (“to kill”), Middle Low German killen (“to ache strongly, to cause one great pain”), Middle High German kellen.
- 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.
- Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.
- A kiln.
kill - Computer Definition
To cancel. Kill, as well as "abort," and "cancel" all mean to end or exit the current process.