(Kill), n. [D. kil.] A channel or arm of the sea; a river; a stream; as, the channel between Staten
Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills; used also in composition; as, Schuylkill, Catskill,
(Kill), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Killing.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill, strike; perh.
the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill 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 slay.
Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !Shak.
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.
Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,Shak.
You see, is killed in him.
4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid.
To kill time, to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass
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 murders.