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Kill

Kill appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Did Joe kill like O.J. did?
  • My god is all I kill as I do gym.
  • To labor in a mall, I kill a man I rob a lot.
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Usage statistics for the verb kill:

spoken English35.04%written English64.96% imaginative writing65.84%informational writing34.16%
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Kill is sometimes a misspelling of killed.

The word kill is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun kill

What does kill mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • kill: kills
  • Kill: Kills

  1. the act of terminating a life
  2. the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
    • example: the pilot reported two kills during the mission
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: destruction / devastation = the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
  3. the body of an animal, or bodies of animals, killed by a person or another animal
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: body / dead body = a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

Alternative definition of the noun kill

noun

  1. The act of killing.
  2. Specifically, the death blow.
  3. The result of killing; that which has been killed.
  4. [volleyball] [rfdef, lang=en]
  5. A creek; a body of water.

Specialised definition of the noun kill

Glossary of sports

in racket games, to hit the ball so hard, with such skill or in such a direction that your opponent has no chance of returning it (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / badminton

a smash from near the net that cannot be returned (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a smash from near the net

Glossary of sports / racquetball

a low, hard shot that bounces twice before the opponent can return it

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a shot on which the ball is hit as hard as possible, often with topspin

Definition of the verb kill

What does kill mean as a doing word?

Kill is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: killed | killing | kills

  1. cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  2. thwart the passage of
  3. end or extinguish by forceful means
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of kill: stamp out
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  4. be fatal
    • examples: cigarettes kill | drunken driving kills
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  5. be the source of great pain for
    • example: These new shoes are killing me!
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: ache / hurt / suffer = feel physical pain
  6. overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
  7. hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, as in racket games
    • example: She killed the ball
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
  8. deprive of life
    • example: AIDS has killed thousands in Africa
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more specific term: strike down = cause to die, especially suddenly
  9. cause the death of, without intention
    • example: She was killed in the collision of three cars
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more specific word: electrocute = kill by electric shock
  10. drink down entirely
  11. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    • example: kill these lines in the President's speech
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of kill: obliterate / wipe out
    • more generic terms: take away / take out = take out or remove
  12. tire out completely
    • example: The daily stress of her work is killing her
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: beat / exhaust / tucker / tucker out / wash up = wear out completely
  13. cause to cease operating
    • example: kill the engine
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: cut / switch off / turn off / turn out = cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
  14. destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
    • example: Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: destroy / destruct = do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

Alternative definition of the verb kill

verb

  1. [transitive] To put to death; to extinguish the life of.
  2. [transitive, fiction] To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character).
  3. [transitive] To render inoperative.
  4. [transitive, figuratively] To stop, cease, or render void.
  5. [transitive, figuratively, hyperbole] To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.
  6. [transitive, figuratively] To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion.
  7. [transitive] To use up or to waste.
  8. [transitive, figuratively, informal] To exert an overwhelming effect on.
  9. [transitive, figuratively, hyperbole] To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.
  10. [transitive] To force a company out of business.
  11. [transitive, informal] To produce intense pain.
  12. [figuratively, informal, hyperbole] To punish severely.
  13. [sports] [rfdef, lang=en, topic=sport]

Specialised definition of the verb kill

Glossary of sports

to hit a ball very hard (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to hit the ball hard into an area where the opponent can't reach it.

Glossary of sports / soccer

to bring a fast-moving ball under instant control (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / tennis

if a player kills the ball, he or she smashes it downwards so hard that its upward bounce renders it impossible to return (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

Film

"Kill" a.k.a. "Kill!" is a 1968 film directed by Kihachi Okamoto, written by Akira Murao, Kihachi Okamoto, and Shūgorō Yamamoto and starring Tatsuya Nakadai.

Music

  1. "Kill" is the tenth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse, released on March 21, 2006. This release marks the return of guitarist Rob Barrett, who had previously played on The Bleeding and Vile. The European version of the album comes with a live DVD filmed in Strasbourg in 2004 called Hammer Smashed Laiterie. The album was produced at Mana Recording Studios by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan.
  2. "KILL" is the sixth album by Detroit rock band Electric Six.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Kill" is the 4th single of I've Sound singer, Mell. It is released on November 19, 2008, a year and almost two months after the release of her 3rd single. The title track will be used as the opening theme for Mamoru Oshii's live-action film entitled KILL while the B-side song On my own will be used as the ending theme for the same film. Since this single only reached #37 in the Oricon weekly charts and only charted for two weeks, this is Mell's weakest single to date.
  4. "kill" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  5. "KILL" is a musical single of Mell.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Kill" is a musical EP of Despair.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  7. "Kill" is a musical EP of The Burning Room.
  8. "Kill" a.k.a. "Kill..." is a musical album of The Infections.

Person

Who is Kill?

Kill a.k.a. Gil Seong-joon, better known by his stage name Gil is a South Korean singer and television personality. He is co-founder of Leessang. He has been a member of MBC's Infinite Challenge since April 2009.

Group

Kill is a musical group from Salt Lake City.

Miscellanea

  1. kill: In computing, kill is a command that is used in several popular operating systems to send signals to running processes in order to request the termination of the process.
  2. Kill: As a body of water, a kill is a creek. The word comes from the Middle Dutch kille, meaning "riverbed" or "water channel".
    • also known as Kill river
  3. Kill is a canonical version, musical recording.

Phrases with Kill

Phrases starting with the word Kill:

  1. Kill'd
  2. kill off
  3. Kill file
  4. Kill Time
  5. kill zone
  6. Kill Screen
  7. Kill switch
  8. kill oneself

Phrases ending with the word Kill:

  1. to kill
  2. Top kill
  3. Bottom Kill
  4. Static Kill
  5. winter-kill
  6. Mission Kill
  7. Penalty Kill
  8. Time to Kill
  9. Dress to Kill
  10. Mobility kill

Other phrases containing the word Kill:

  1. to kill off
  2. To Kill Time

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Kill

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Google previewMaupassant Complete Short Stories (2015)

Works of Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant

For to kill is the great law set by nature in the heart of existence! There is nothing more beautiful and honorable than killing! 30th June. To kill is the law, because nature loves eternal youth.

Google previewThe Compiled Laws, 1914, of the State of Florida (annotated) (1915)

Embracing the Subsisting Provisions of the Constitution and Statutes as Contained in the General Statutes of 1906, Incorporating the Constitutional Amendments Adopted Subsequent to the Revised Statutes of 1892 and the Laws of a General Nature Passed at the Legislative Sessions of 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913 by Florida

An assault and battery with intent to kill Is an offense not embraced In the criminal statutes of Florida, nor is It known to the common law of England. Warrock v. State, 9 Fla. 404. One who assaults another with a deadly weapon, not having a ...

Google previewUnderstanding the lexicon (1988)

meaning, sense and world knowledge in lexical semantics by Werner Hüllen, Rainer Schulze

ttrrp- axe, for exanlple, the three English verbs kill, murder, and assassins“-. 1-H- uereas kill, following Mnzflawley, can be seen as 'cause to tile",2 nnrrdsr clearly is 'lti.llr ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

KILL FILL KERNEL MODETRAP:The (in)famous “blue screen of death” is a display image containing white text on a blue background generated by the Windows operating systems when suddenly terminated with an error; the system is ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law ... (1905)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

Intent to kill, 21-132 . Actual intent not ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1895)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases by William Mark McKinney

Where an indictment contained four counts, the first two charging an assault, in different forms, with intent to murder, the last two charging an assault with intent to kill, and the jury found the prisoner guilty on the last count, the legal effect of the ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1900)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

is the Irish Kill ilara, church of the oaks. Klldare's Holy Fane. Famous for the "Fire of St. Bridget," which was inextinguishable, because the nuns never allowed it to go out. Every twentieth night St. Bridget returned to tend the fire. Part of the ...

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Usage statistics about kill

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb kill:

spoken English35.04%written English64.96% imaginative writing65.84%informational writing34.16%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun kill:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb kill:

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Quotes about Kill

You kill who might eat you.
You kill who might hurt you.
You kill who you want to eat.
You kill one in accident.
You kill one as punishment.
Can you dispense with killings?
29.08.2007 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of K5I1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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