- killkill1 [kil]vt.[ME kullen, killen < ? OE * cyllan, special late phonetic development of cwellan, to kill: see QUELL]1. to cause the death of; make die2.a) to destroy the vital or active qualities ofb) to destroy; put an end to; ruin3. to prevent the passage of (legislation); defeat or veto4. to spend (time) on matters of little or no importance5.☆ a) to cause (an engine, etc.) to stop; turn offb) to turn off (a light, esp. a theater spotlight)c) to muffle (sound)☆ 6. to prevent publication of [to kill a newspaper story]7. to spoil the effect of; destroy by contrast: said of colors, etc.8. Informal to overcome with laughter, chagrin, pleasure, surprise, etc.9. Informal to cause to feel great pain or discomfort10. Informal to tire out; exhaust☆ 11. Slang to drink the last, or all, of (a bottle of liquor, etc.); finish off☆ 12. Printing to mark as not to be used; score out; cancel13. Tennis etc. to return (the ball) with such force that it cannot be returnedvi.1. to destroy life2. to be killed [plants that kill easily]n.1. an act or instance of killing2. an animal or animals killed3. an enemy plane, ship, etc. destroyed——————in at the kill1. present when the hunted animal is killed2. present at the end or climax of some action——————to killInformal to make a strongly desirable impression [dressed to kill]SYN.- KILL1 is the general word in this list, meaning to cause the death of in any way, and may be applied to persons, animals, or plants; SLAY, now largely a literary word, implies deliberate and violent killing; MURDER applies to an unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing; ASSASSINATE implies specifically the sudden killing of a politically important person, often by someone hired or delegated to do this; EXECUTE denotes a killing in accordance with a legally imposed sentence; DISPATCH suggests a killing by direct action, such as shooting, and emphasizes speed or promptness☆ kill2 [kil ]n.[Du kil < MDu kille, akin to ON kīll, inlet]a stream; channel; creek: used esp. in place names
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.