killer

Definitions

  • Jack the Giant Killer
    Jack the Giant Killer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n killer predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
    • n killer a difficulty that is hard to deal with "that exam was a real killer"
    • n killer someone who causes the death of a person or animal
    • n killer the causal agent resulting in death "heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Orcas (killer whales), when traveling in groups, breathe in unison
    • Killer (Zoöl) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca, of which several species are known; called also killer whale.
    • Killer One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The United Parcel Service shipped the killer whale Keiko (star of Disney movie "Free Willy") from Mexico City to Newport, Oregon in 1998
    • n killer One who kills or deprives of life; especially, a slaughterer; a butcher.
    • n killer A club of hard wood, used for killing fish.—
    • n killer A delphinid, Orca gladiator, and other species of that genus: so called from their ravenous and ferocious habits. Killers hunt in packs, and not only destroy such small species of their own kind as dolphins and porpoises, but attack and sometimes kill whales much larger than themselves. See Orca. Also killer-fish, killer-whale.
    • n killer A contrivance for killing large ferocious animals. It consists of an elastic strip of hard material, which is coiled up, tied together with sinew, and inclosed in a bait. When swallowed the sinew is digested, and the coil unwraps and tears the intestines of the animal. It is used by Eskimos and Chukchees for killing wolves, and by the Samoans for killing sharks. Amer. Anthropologist, April-June, 1901, p. 391.
    • n killer The technical name among house-painters for anything used to prevent resin, locally present in woodwork, from exuding and making visible spots on the painted surface; also, in a more general sense, any substance used to remove spots on such surfaces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Researchers have shot footage of Orcas (killer whales) attacking and killing great white sharks
    • Killer one who kills, a slaughterer or butcher: a club for killing fish: a ferocious delphinid which sometimes attacks the whale
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Quotations

  • Frank Herbert
    Frank Herbert
    “Fear is the mind killer”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Tell me doctor, with all of your defenses, are there any provisions for an attack by killer bees?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. killen or cullen—Ice. kolla, to hit on the head—kollr, the head; not a doublet of quell.

Usage

In literature:

Five minutes later Calhoun had located one would-be killer behind a mass of splintered planking that once had been a wall.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
When through with my ablution it was necessary, before I could dress, to grease my body with a vermin-killer that is supplied the men.
"S.O.S. Stand to!" by Reginald Grant
Suddenly, in the midst of the tumult, the killer is killed.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
He hid his hate, and planned to save his girl and balk the killer of his people.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
The killer kicked at the crumpled thing as he passed.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
CAPTAIN BOTTOM, THE WHALE-KILLER.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
Sometimes Benson identified himself with the killer; sometimes with the old man who was killed.
"Hunter Patrol" by Henry Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
The members of such an expedition are mere killers on a large scale, and to kill or to hunt a thing is to not know it at all.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Yes, it is this harmless "molasses" that has given it the name of "mule-killer.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
You ol' son-of-a-gun of a lady-killer!
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
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In poetry:

Isaac.
Alas poore mother mine.
How many deathes shall my death giue to thee?
But tell me yit, my killer who shall be?
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
Historians burn their midnight oils,
Intent on giant-killers' toils;
And sages close their aged eyes
To other sages' lullabies.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They speer'd at him what was his thocht
O' Sharpe the bishop's death?
He said, the killer an' the kill'd
The Lord sall judge them baith.
"Ballad of The New Monkland Martyr" by Janet Hamilton
For here the lover and killer are mingled
who had one body and one heart.
And death who had the soldier singled
has done the lover mortal hurt.
"Vergissmeinnicht (Forget-me-not)" by Keith Douglas
Red drips from my chin where I have been eating.
Not all the blood, nowhere near all, is wiped off my mouth.
Clots of red mess my hair
And the tiger, the buffalo, know how.
I was a killer.
"Fight" by Carl Sandburg
All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge
on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs.
The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers
there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of
the sea!
"Whales Weep Not!" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Defense attorneys requested and received a delay in the preliminary hearing Thursday for accused killer Steven Odell Bennett.
Court Denies Killer's Request For Continuance .
Belgian court rules that Michelle Martin, ex-wife and accomplice of the pedophile killer Marc Dutroux, can live in a convent .
'Killer Capo' was scary fun.
Corky : 'Killer Capo' was scary fun beach, killer, dana, surf, capo, reef, surfing, old, south, big.
Killers Bassist Mark Stoermer Goes Country Rock with Solo Debut.
The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer recorded Another Life, his debut solo album, while the band took an extended hiatus in 2009.
Call of the Killer Whale.
Trooper's killer a stereotype for hatred, cowardice .
Angelo's Killer Beer continues with events tonight and tomorrow, and Belmont Station has a big Three Creeks night tomorrow.
Crispin 's killers to prison.
On Saturday, "America's Most Wanted" shined a national spotlight on the 20-year-old Las Cruces bowling alley murders that left four people dead and began the hunt for two killers.
There's method acting, and then there's actor Ray Stevenson and his methods for getting into killer shape.
Alleged killer cut throat, hugged woman.
The Killers, Jane's Addiction, and Kanye West will headline the inaugural Lollapalooza festival in Santiago, Chile.
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In science:

It has a state set Q of size 16, including a killer state κ, radius 1 and is defined by the transitions appearing in Figure 1: precisely, any transition which is not in the space-time diagram of the figure produces the killer state κ.
Clandestine Simulations in Cellular Automata
Clearly, many more killer applications and avid users will emerge as clusters become easier to use and well integrated computational environments with common features, capabilities, and well-defined maintainability.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The killers also kidnapped three girls during the same attack, authorities said, and one of the girls was found wounded on a nearby road.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
During these workshops it has become evident (to me) that a strength of a super B -factory is precisely that its success will not depend on a single measurement – sometimes called a “killer application”.
The Physics Case for an e^+ e^- Super B-Factory
T-lymphocytes or other cells, not directly related to the immune system (like macrophages or natural killer cells).
Coexistence of resonant activation and noise enhanced stability in a model of tumor-host interaction: Statistics of extinction times
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