• Killing the buffalo. Cheyenne drawing
    Killing the buffalo. Cheyenne drawing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj killing very funny "a killing joke","sidesplitting antics"
    • n killing the act of terminating a life
    • n killing an event that causes someone to die
    • n killing a very large profit
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To kill. Dakota To kill. Dakota
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Kill. N.A. Indian Kill. N.A. Indian
Kill. Mandan and Hidatsa Kill. Mandan and Hidatsa
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Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316 Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scorpions can be killed by pouring vinegar over them. They'll 'snap' and sting themself.
    • a Killing Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. "Those eyes are made so killing .""Nothing could be more killingly spoken."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tsetse fly kills another 66,000 people annually.
    • n killing The act of slaying or depriving of life.
    • killing Depriving of life; deadly; doing execution.
    • killing Overpowering; irresistible: generally in the sense of fascinating, bewitching, charming, so as to attract and compel admiration: as, killing coquetries.
    • killing So terrible or frightful as almost to kill one; exceedingly severe; exhausting; wearing.
    • n killing In the manufacture of steel, the practice of stopping or preventing the evolution of gas in the steel. Steel is most commonly killed with silicon or aluminium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins can kills sharks by ramming them with their snout.
    • p.adj Killing depriving of life: destructive: deadly, irresistible: completely fascinating
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”
  • Proverb
    “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.”
  • Russell Hoban
    Russell Hoban
    “But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes.”


Curiosity killed the cat - As cats are naturally curious animals, we use this expression to suggest to people that excessive curiosity is not necessarily a good thing, especially where it is not their business.
Dress to kill - When someone is dressed to kill, they are dressed very smartly.
Kill the fatted calf - If you kill the fatted calf, you have a celebration, usually to welcome someone who's been away a long time.
Kill the goose that lays the golden egg - If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you ruin something that is very profitable.
Kill two birds with one stone - When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.
Kill with kindness - If you kill someone with kindness, you are very kind, possibly excessively kind, to them.
Make a killing - If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.


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.


In literature:

I have only to give orders and every one will kill any one I like.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The Russians lost Admiral Kermileff, killed, and Admiral Nachimoff, of Sinope celebrity, was wounded, with about 500 men killed and wounded.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
So reduced were they at last that some of the Spaniards proposed, as an expedient, that they should kill and eat their Indian prisoners.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
It is said that nearly 30,000 men were killed in this memorable battle.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
I must do it, though it kills me.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Either bring me the girl that asked for the rose or I will kill you this very moment.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
I've heard say that a feller who yearns to kill, either kills quick or goes crazy.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He's killed O'Folliard, and he's killed Charlie, and he'll kill us.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
James Belger, 1 killed, 8 wounded; 10 horses killed and wounded.
"Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862" by W. W. Howe

In poetry:

Lift up your throats, ye waves!
Swell out your voice, ye hills!
Thank for the chance that saves;
Thank for the flash that kills.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
So these same rhymes shall still be told
To children yet unborn,
While false philosophy growing old
Fades and is killed by scorn.
"A Ballad Of Nursery Rhyme" by Robert Graves
That since the lover so dooth prove,
His death, as thou doo'st see:
Be bold I will not kill with love,
Nor love shall not kill me.
"Melisea Her Song, In Scorne of Her Sheepheard Narcissus" by Bartholomew Young
Arise, arise, thou little Musgràve,
And put thy cloathes nowe on,
It shall never be said in my countree,
That I killed a naked man.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
No lie is strong enough to kill
The roots that work below,
From your rich dust and slaughtered will
A tree with tongues shall grow.
"In Memory Of Col. Charles Young" by Countee Cullen
"But summer flowers decay and fall
Beneath the autumn wind;
Sorrow's breath will kill like age—
It kill'd thy Rosalind."
"Love's Incredulity" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Charles Taylor, best friend of murder victim David Valdez, consoles his own mother, Christine Taylor, after Steven Zinda, who confessed to the killing, was convicted of killing Valdez with an ax.
Officials say two car bombs in the Iraqi city of Hillah have killed 15 people, adding to the death toll from coordinated attacks on Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 20 across Baghdad.
She previously offered grief counseling at Minnesota's Red Lake Reservation after 10 people were killed in 2005, and after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
'Baby' mountain lion killed by authorities in Santa Monica office courtyard : Was killing the only option.
Crook 's statement also said that he believed if he didn't kill McNealy, McNealy would have killed him.
Police say a Travelers Rest man killed his wife, then took their son to daycare the next day before returning home to kill himself.
28 killed, 20 of them children, killed in Conn.
28 killed, 20 of them children, killed in Conn. World won't end Dec 21, but Griffith Observatory to stay open late.
28 killed, 20 of them children, killed in Conn. New UC logo on suspension after much well- deserved criticism.
Macey Gardner added 14 kills and Whitney Follette had 10 kills for the Sun Devils , who hit just.178 as a team in the match.
In October the first major release by the best punk band of the 90s, Bikini Kill's self-titled debut EP for Kill Rock Stars, turns 20.
28 killed, 20 of them children, killed in Conn. IPad Mini, Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
"Oddly, the international community seems less concerned by how many people the Syrian regime kills than by the methods it uses to kill them," wrote Tierney.
The gunman who opened fire killing six people at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, may have killed more people if it had not been for two police officers.
Officers kill Aiken man who killed ex-wife.

In science:

Riemannian one-dimensional foliations locally generated by Killing vector fields .
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
Further, if V is a one-dimensional Riemannian foliation, then this is easily seen to be equivalent to the fact that V is locally generated by Killing vector fields.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
In particular (ii) does not hold and hence, by Theorem 2.8 , the fibres of ϕ form a Riemannian foliation locally generated by Killing vector fields.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
Let ˙g be a simple finite-dimensional complex Lie algebra with (·, ·) the symmetric non-degenerate invariant Killing form.
Twisted Toroidal Lie Algebras
Proof Part (b) of the Lemma is a direct consequence of part (a), the fact that the Killing form is nondegenerate and Proposition 5 in §6.4 of .
Twisted Toroidal Lie Algebras