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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
kiss /kɪs/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to touch or press with the lips slightly pushed out, to show affection, greeting, reverence, etc.: [+ object]She kissed him.[no object]They kissed briefly.
  2. [+ object] to touch gently or lightly:The breeze kissed her face.
  3. [+ object] to put, bring, take, or express by kissing:She kissed the baby's tears away.
  4. kiss off, [Slang.]to reject or dismiss openly and without feeling: [+ off + object]kissed off a promising job.[+ object + off]just kissed it off.

n. [countable]
  • an act or instance of kissing:a quick kiss for luck.
  • a slight touch or contact:the kiss of the sunlight.
  • idiom
    1. blow or throw a kiss, to indicate a kiss from a distance by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand forward toward the person greeted, usually used to signal farewell:She blew a kiss to the crowd.
    2. kiss of death, [usually: the + ~] something that causes or is thought to cause destruction, failure, disaster, or the like:Hiring him was the kiss of death for this project.

    kiss•a•ble, adj. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    kiss /kɪs/ vb
    1. (transitive) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc
    2. (intransitive) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire
    3. to touch (each other) lightly
    4. (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving
    n
    1. the act of kissing; a caress with the lips
    2. a light touch

    See also kiss offEtymology: Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssa

    ˈkissable adj



    KISS abbreviation for
    1. keep it simple, stupid




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