verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- to destroy completely; kill, especially successively or indiscriminately: The invaders killed off all the inhabitants of the town.
- Informal.to extinguish; eliminate: The bus ride every day kills off all of my energy.
Origin of kill1
noun Chiefly New York State.
Origin of kill2
Related Words for killexecute, murder, hit, slay, massacre, slaughter, drown, poison, get, assassinate, stop, crucify, dump, neutralize, asphyxiate, dispatch, erase, extirpate, guillotine, strangle
Examples from the Web for kill
Contemporary Examples of kill
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Even a relatively small 250-pound bomb could kill or injure friendly troops who are within 650 feet of the explosion.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
What responsibility was taken by cops when they kill unjustly?Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
And two days after that, Bertrand set out to kill and be killed.France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of kill
When you kill off all your present army, you must git up a draft.
The bullets of Allister and Clune might have gone home— they were intended to kill, not to wound.
There would remain two more, and one of them was certain to kill him.
What sheep he did not kill for the use of his men, he ordered to be bayoneted.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
In the second place, he who would live must not kill anyone else.The Conquest of Fear
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for kill
Word Origin for kill
c.1200, "to strike, hit, beat, knock;" c.1300, "to deprive of life," perhaps from an unrecorded variant of Old English cwellan "to kill" (see quell), but the earliest sense suggests otherwise. Sense in to kill time is from 1728. Related: Killed; killing. Kill-devil, colloquial for "rum," especially if new or of bad quality, is from 1630s.
"stream," 1630s, American English, from Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille "riverbed," especially in place names (e.g. Schuylkill). A common Germanic word, the Old Norse form, kill, meant "bay, gulf" and gave its name to Kiel Fjord on the German Baltic coast and thence to Kiel, the port city founded there in 1240.
early 13c., "a stroke, a blow," from kill (v.). Meaning "act of killing" is from 1814; that of "a killed animal" is from 1878. Lawn tennis serve sense is from 1903. The kill "the knockout" is boxing jargon, 1950.
In addition to the idioms beginning with kill
- kill off
- kill or cure
- kill the fatted calf
- kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
- kill time
- kill two birds with one stone
- kill with kindness
- curiosity killed the cat
- dressed to kill
- fit to kill
- in at the death (kill)
- make a killing