The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kill \Kill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed (k[i^]ld); p. pr. &
vb. n. Killing.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill,
strike; perh. the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill (cf.
Quell), or perh. rather akin to Icel. kolla to hit in the
head, harm, kollr top, summit, head, Sw. kulle, D. kollen to
kill with the ax.]
1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or
by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to
Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !
2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill
the sale of a book. "To kill thine honor." --Shak.
Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak.
3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in
seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind; new
sound insultation killed the loud noises from outside.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
You see, is killed in him. --Shak.
4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize;
as, alkali kills acid.
5. To waste or spend unprofitably; -- usually used of time;
as, he killed an hour waiting for the doctor to see him.
6. To cancel or forbid publication of (a report, article,
etc.), after it has been written; as, they killed the
article after getting threats of a lawsuit.
To kill time, to busy one's self with something which
occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without
Syn: To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To
Kill, Murder, Assassinate. To kill does not
necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man
may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without
the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with
malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is
to murder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill
without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not
assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and