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 for Killing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kill \Kill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed (k[i^]ld); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Killing.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill,
     strike; perh. the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill (cf.
     Quell), 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
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              Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !
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     2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill
        the sale of a book. "To kill thine honor." --Shak.
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              Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak.
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     3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in
        seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind; new
        sound insultation killed the loud noises from outside.
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              Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
              You see, is killed in him.            --Shak.
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     4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize;
        as, alkali kills acid.
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     5. To waste or spend unprofitably; -- usually used of time;
        as, he killed an hour waiting for the doctor to see him.
     6. To cancel or forbid publication of (a report, article,
        etc.), after it has been written; as, they killed the
        article after getting threats of a lawsuit.
     To kill time, to busy one's self with something which
        occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without
     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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Killing \Kill"ing\, a.
     Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a
     colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. --
     Kill"ing*ly, adv.
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           Those eyes are made so killing.          --Pope.
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           Nothing could be more killingly spoken.  --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  killing \kill"ing\, n.
     1. The act or process of causing a living organism to die.
     2. An unusually large gain in a financial or business
        transaction or enterprise; as, she made a killing trading
        cattle futures.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: very funny; "a killing joke"; "sidesplitting antics"
             [syn: killing, sidesplitting]
      n 1: an event that causes someone to die [syn: killing,
           violent death]
      2: the act of terminating a life [syn: killing, kill,
         putting to death]
      3: a very large profit [syn: killing, cleanup]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  197 Moby Thesaurus words for "killing":
     Herculean, arduous, asphyxiation, assault, attack, backbreaking,
     baneful, battering, beaming, best seller, big hit, blood,
     bloodshed, blooming, bomb, bonanza, bright, brilliant,
     brilliant success, brutal, burdensome, butchery, capital gains,
     carnage, choke, choking, cleanup, clear profit, coup, crushing,
     dazzling, deadly, death, death-bringing, deathful, deathly,
     debilitating, decimation, destructive, devastating, difficult,
     disorderliness, dividends, divine, draining, drowning, earnings,
     effortful, enervating, execution, exhausting, extermination, fad,
     fatal, fatality, fatiguesome, fatiguing, feral, filthy lucre,
     forced, forcible seizure, foul play, gain, gains, gas, gasser,
     genocide, get, gettings, glamorous, gleanings, glorious, glowing,
     gorgeous, great success, gross, gross profit, grueling,
     hard-earned, hard-fought, heavenly, heavy, hefty, hit, hoard,
     homicide, income, interest, internecine, labored, laborious,
     laying waste, lethal, liquidation, liver death, looting, lucre,
     makings, malign, malignant, manslaughter, mass destruction,
     mass murder, massacre, megadeath, meteoric success,
     momentary success, mortal, murder, neat profit, net, net profit,
     obstreperousness, onerous, onslaught, operose, oppressive, painful,
     paper profits, pelf, percentage, perk, perks, pernicious,
     perquisite, pickings, pillaging, proceeds, profit, profits,
     punishing, radiant, rake-off, rape, raving, ravishing, receipts,
     resounding triumph, resplendent, return, returns, riot, rioting,
     roaring success, ruinous, sacking, savage, sensation, serum death,
     shining, slaughter, slaying, smash, smash hit, smotheration,
     smothering, sowing with salt, sparkling, splendid, splendorous,
     splendrous, starvation, store, strained, straining, strangling,
     strangulation, strenuous, stressful, stroke of luck, stunning,
     sublime, success, suffocation, take, take-in, tiresome, tiring,
     toilsome, tough, triumph, troublesome, trying, unruliness, uphill,
     violation, violent death, virulent, watery grave, wealth, weariful,
     wearing, wearisome, wearying, windfall, winnings, wow

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