killing

noun
kill·​ing | \ ˈki-liŋ How to pronounce killing (audio) \

Definition of killing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of one that kills
3 : a sudden notable gain or profit made a killing in the stock market

killing

adjective

Definition of killing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that kills or relates to killing
2 : highly amusing
3 : extremely difficult to deal with the suspense is killing also : calling for great strength, stamina, or endurance a killing schedule

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Other Words from killing

Adjective

killingly \ ˈki-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce killingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of killing in a Sentence

Noun

The oil spill is responsible for the killing of thousands of birds.

Adjective

he's usually quiet, but occasionally unleashes some killing remark that cracks everyone up a killing schedule that requires the touring company to play in a different city every night
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This idea, that Jews are behind mass migration, appears to be the reason the Pittsburgh shooter launch his killing spree. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 Miglin’s husband, Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin, was one of the victims of Andrew Cunanan’s cross-country killing spree, on which the FX series was based. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "These Emmy nominees have ties to the Chicago area," 12 July 2018 The federal agency is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Antwan Tamon Mims in connection with the killings that stunned the west Michigan community. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan murder suspect is on FBI's 10 most wanted list," 27 June 2018 That’s because larvae developing in the fall are put on hold as pupae when the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), to emerge as adults for a mass killing spree in springtime. Washington Post, "Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North," 10 June 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The testimony turned gory when witnesses described Mr. Guzmán’s involvement in killings. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 The rapid spread of misinformation online, often over WhatsApp, has also resulted in killings in countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "WhatsApp will drastically limit forwarding across the globe to stop the spread of fake news, following violence in India and Myanmar," 20 July 2018 Microsoft’s employees should take pride that they have been entrusted with the privilege of providing a game-changing technology that will allow American soldiers and Marines, not the enemy, to do the killing. ... Robert H. Scales, WSJ, "The Geeks vs. the Infantrymen," 26 Feb. 2019 Police said the killing stemmed from a fight two months earlier between Phillips and Mason. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel judge to decide 2013 murder case against Odenton man," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Police reports, witness statements and dispatch logs shared earlier have provided more detail about the confusion and heroism as the concert venue became a killing field. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Police release more video from officers at Vegas shooting," 13 June 2018 The disturbing confessions of a Louisiana man accused in three 2017 murders reveal a suspect who viewed a killing spree as similar to a deer hunt and who looked at victims as animals he was licensed to kill, police reports show. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Louisiana man accused in three murders says he was filling hunting 'tags' for state police, FBI, officials say," 22 Aug. 2018 The release last week of about 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements and dispatch logs provided more detail about the chaos, confusion and heroism as the concert venue became a killing field. Washington Post, "Video shows police response, fleeing crowd at Vegas attack," 30 May 2018 The cast sculpture comprises two main pieces, interlocking where the mouth of the lion meets the neck of the dog — the killing moment frozen in time. New York Times, "Charles Ray, Walking a Fine Line With a Hungry Lion," 13 May 2018 Earlier this year, a forensic linguist shed new light on letters supposedly written by the murderer during the killing spree that sent shockwaves through Victorian London. James Rogers, Fox News, "Chilling 'I am Jack the Ripper' postcard resurfaces," 26 Apr. 2018 Grace believes Carl, who may have dementia, murdered her sister years ago during a killing spree. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 new mysteries to read this summer," 17 May 2018 The Riverside man also bought Farook an explosive powder that was used in a bomb that Farook left at the killing scene, authorities said. Fox News, "25 years urged for buyer of rifles used in terror attack," 10 Apr. 2018 Prediction for the season: What's next for Salazar, the former Sombra Negra soldier who was last seen in the thick of a killing spree? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fear the Walking Dead': Where Everyone Left Off and What's Next (After the Big Crossover)," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of killing

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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killing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of killing

: an act of killing someone or something
informal : a large amount of money

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