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 without tediousness.
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 tomurder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering, the duelist murders, but does not assassinate his antagonist, the assassin kills and murders.
5. A kiln.
Origin: 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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