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Definition of "killing" [kill•ing]

  • Murder; homicide. (noun)
  • A kill; a quarry. (noun)
  • A sudden large profit: made a killing on the stock market. (noun)
  • Intended or apt to kill; fatal. (adjective)
  • Thoroughly exhausting: a killing pace. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "killing" in a sentence
  • ""Then," pursued Marcelline, "you are willing to stand by and see her slowly murdered, inch by inch, by this white-faced devil, who leans over her and professes to love her, but is killing her -- _killing her_, Dieu des dieux!"
  • "I was horrified to hear the term killing field in relation to the toll AIDS is taking in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia when it comes to this pandemic."
  • "A hate filled zionist who believes in killing is calling a hindu who believes in nonviolence and has jewish relatives an ‘aryan nation’ person."