killing

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 /ˈkɪlɪŋ/


For the verb: "to kill"

Present Participle: killing

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
kill•ing /ˈkɪlɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the act of one that kills: [uncountable]Killing is frowned on in most cultures.[countable]two gangland-style killings.
  2. a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain:[countable]They made quite a killing on that last deal.

adj. 
  1. [before a noun] fatal or destructive:striking with killing force.
  2. exhausting:a killing pace.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
kill•ing  (kiling),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that kills.
  2. the total game killed on a hunt.
  3. a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain:a killing in the stock market.

adj. 
  1. that kills.
  2. exhausting:a killing pace.
  3. Informal Termsirresistibly funny.
killing•ly, adv. 
  • 1400–50; late Middle English (gerund, gerundive); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
kill1 /kɪl/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to deprive of life;
    cause the death of;
    cause to die;
    slay: [+ object]soldiers killing the enemy.[no object]had to kill or be killed.
  2. to destroy;
    do away with;
    extinguish:[+ object]His negative response killed our hopes.
  3. to cause (time) to pass with a minimum of boredom:[+ object]killed time by reading a novel.
  4. Informal Termsto overcome completely* produce an effect that is overwhelming: [+ object]That comedian just kills me.[no object]dressed to kill.
  5. Informal Termsto cause distress, pain, discomfort, or exhaustion to:[+ object]My feet are killing me.
  6. Informal Termsto consume completely:[+ object]They killed a bottle of bourbon.
  7. to cancel publication of (a word, item, etc.) in something written;
    delete or remove (something typed or entered into a computer):[+ object]killed the last few sentences of his essay.
  8. Government to defeat or veto (a legislative bill, etc.):[+ object]The bill was killed before it even got to the floor of the Senate.
  9. to turn off;
    switch off:[+ object]Kill the engine.
  10. Sport[+ object] to hit (a tennis ball, volleyball, etc.) with such force that it cannot be returned.
  11. kill off, to destroy completely: [+ off + object]to kill off an infestation of termites.[+ object + off]to kill the termites off.

n. [countable]
  1. [usually singular] the act of killing, esp. game.
  2. [usually singular] an animal or animals killed.
kill•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
kill1  (kil),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to deprive of life in any manner;
    cause the death of;
    slay.
  2. to destroy;
    do away with;
    extinguish:His response killed our hopes.
  3. to destroy or neutralize the active qualities of:to kill an odor.
  4. to spoil the effect of:His extra brushwork killed the painting.
  5. to cause (time) to be consumed with seeming rapidity or with a minimum of boredom, esp. by engaging in some easy activity or amusement of passing interest:I had to kill three hours before plane time.
  6. to spend (time) unprofitably:He killed ten good years on that job.
  7. Informal Termsto overcome completely or with irresistible effect:That comedian kills me.
  8. to muffle or deaden:This carpet kills the sound of footsteps.
  9. Informal Termsto cause distress or discomfort to:These new shoes are killing me.
  10. Informal Termsto tire completely;
    exhaust:The long hike killed us.
  11. Informal Termsto consume completely:They killed a bottle of bourbon between them.
  12. to cancel publication of (a word, paragraph, item, etc.), esp. after it has been set in type.
  13. to defeat or veto (a legislative bill, etc.).
  14. Electricityto render (a circuit) dead.
  15. to stop the operation of (machinery, engines, etc.):He killed the motor and the car stopped.
  16. Sport[Tennis.]to hit (a ball) with such force that its return is impossible.
  17. Metallurgy
    • to deoxidize (steel) before teeming into an ingot mold.
    • to eliminate springiness from (wire or the like).
    • to cold-roll (sheet metal) after final heat treatment in order to eliminate distortion.
  18. Sport[Ice Hockey.]to prevent the opposing team from scoring in the course of (a penalty being served by a teammate or teammates).

v.i. 
  1. to inflict or cause death.
  2. to commit murder.
  3. to be killed.
  4. to overcome completely;
    produce an irresistible effect:dressed to kill.
  5. Slang Termsto feel a smarting pain, as from a minor accident;
    sting:I stubbed my little toe and that really kills.
  6. kill off: 
    • to destroy completely;
      kill, esp. successively or indiscriminately:The invaders killed off all the inhabitants of the town.
    • Informal Termsto extinguish;
      eliminate:The bus ride every day kills off all of my energy.
  7. Idiomskill with kindness, to overdo in one's efforts to be kind:The aunts would kill their nephews and nieces with kindness.

n. 
  1. the act of killing, esp. game:The hounds moved in for the kill.
  2. an animal or animals killed.
  3. a number or quantity killed.
  4. an act or instance of hitting or destroying a target, esp. an enemy aircraft.
  5. the target so hit or, esp., destroyed.
  6. SportSee  kill shot. 
killa•ble, adj. 
  • 1175–1225; Middle English cullen, killen to strike, beat, kill, Old English *cyllan; cognate with dialect, dialectal German küllen (Westphalian). See quell
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged slaughter, massacre, butcher;
      hang, electrocute, behead, guillotine, strangle, garrote;
      assassinate.
      Kill, execute, murder all mean to deprive of life.
      Kill is the general word, with no implication of the manner of killing, the agent or cause, or the nature of what is killed (whether human being, animal, or plant):to kill a person.Execute is used with reference to the putting to death of one in accordance with a legal sentence, no matter what the means are:to execute a criminal.Murder is used of killing a human being unlawfully:He murdered him for his money.

kill2  (kil),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly New York State.]
  1. Dialect Termsa channel;
    creek;
    stream;
    river: used esp. in place names:Kill Van Kull.
  • Dutch kil, Middle Dutch kille channel
  • 1660–70, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

killing /ˈkɪlɪŋ/ adj
  1. informal very tiring; exhausting: a killing pace
  2. informal extremely funny; hilarious
  3. causing death; fatal
n
  1. the act of causing death; slaying
  2. informal a sudden stroke of success, usually financial, as in speculations on the stock market (esp in the phrase make a killing)



kill /kɪl/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr; when tr, sometimes followed by off) to cause the death of (a person or animal)
  2. to put an end to; destroy: to kill someone's interest
  3. to deaden (sound)
  4. informal to tire out; exhaust: the effort killed him
  5. informal to cause to suffer pain or discomfort: my shoes are killing me
  6. informal to quash, defeat, or veto: the bill was killed in the House of Lords
  7. informal to switch off; stop
  8. (also intr) informal to overcome with attraction, laughter, surprise, etc: she was dressed to kill, his gags kill me
  9. to hit (a ball) so hard or so accurately that the opponent cannot return it
  10. to bring (a moving ball) under control; trap
  11. kill oneselfinformal to overexert oneself: don't kill yourself
  12. kill two birds with one stoneto achieve two results with one action
n
  1. the act of causing death, esp at the end of a hunt, bullfight, etc
  2. the animal or animals killed during a hunt
  3. NZ the seasonal tally of stock slaughtered at a freezing works
  4. the destruction of a battleship, tank, etc
  5. in at the killpresent at the end or climax of some undertaking
Etymology: 13th Century cullen; perhaps related to Old English cwellan to kill; compare German (Westphalian dialect) küllen; see quell



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