Killdee to Kindness
(Kill"dee` Kill"deer`) n. [So named from its notes.] (Zoöl.) A small American plover (Ægialitis vocifera).
It is dark grayish brown above; the rump and upper tail coverts are yellowish rufous; the belly, throat, and
a line over the eyes, white; a ring round the neck and band across the breast, black.
1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.
2. (Zoöl.) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca, of which several species are known.
The killers have a high dorsal fin, and powerful jaws armed with large, sharp teeth. They capture, and
swallow entire, large numbers of seals, porpoises, and dolphins, and are celebrated for their savage,
combined attacks upon the right whales, which they are said to mutilate and kill. The common Atlantic
species (Orca gladiator), is found both on the European and the American coast. Two species (Orca
ater and O. rectipinna) occur on the Pacific coast.
(Kil*lesse") n. [Cf. Coulisse.] (Arch.) (a) A gutter, groove, or channel. (b) A hipped roof.
[Prov. Eng.] Parker.
(Kil"li*fish`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus
and allied genera. They live equally well in fresh and brackish water, or even in the sea. They are usually
striped or barred with black. Called also minnow, and brook fish. See Minnow.
(Kil"li*grew) n. (Zoöl.) The Cornish chough. See under Chough. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Kil`li*ki*nick") n. See Kinnikinic.
(Kill"ing) a. Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible.
Those eyes are made so killing.Pope.
Nothing could be more killingly spoken.Milton.
(Kill"-joy`) n. One who causes gloom or grief; a dispiriting person. W. Black.
(Kil"lock) n. [Cf. Scot. killick "the flue [fluke] of an anchor." Jamieson.] A small anchor; also, a
kind of anchor formed by a stone inclosed by pieces of wood fastened together. [Written also killick.]
(Kil"low) n. [Prov. E. kollow the smut or grime on the backs of chimneys.] An earth of a blackish
or deep blue color. Woodward.
(Kiln) n. [OE. kilne, kulne, AS. cyln, cylen; akin to Icel. kylna; prob. from the same source as
coal. See Coal.]
1. A large stove or oven; a furnace of brick or stone, or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening,
burning, or drying anything; as, a kiln for baking or hardening earthen vessels; a kiln for drying grain,
meal, lumber, etc.; a kiln for calcining limestone.
2. A furnace for burning bricks; a brickkiln.
(Kiln"-dry`) v. t. To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain. Mortimer.
(Kiln"hole`) n. The mouth or opening of an oven or kiln. Shak.
(Ki"lo) n.; pl. Kilos [F.] An abbreviation of Kilogram.