killing

noun
kill·​ing | \ˈki-liŋ \

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 \ 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

The killings followed clashes between police and followers of the tribal king, who later was arrested and charged along with hundreds of supporters. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military," 27 Nov. 2018 There have also been several high-profile police killings since 2014 involving black suspects. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 Two killings of Ferguson protestors have been investigated as homicides. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Ferguson Protestor Melissa McKinnies Believes Her Son, Danye Jones, Was Lynched," 1 Nov. 2018 Similarly, in 2013, Black Lives Matter coalesced after a string of police killings of African-Americans. Harper's BAZAAR, "Signs For Hope," 16 Aug. 2018 When a killing frost is predicted, pot up your mums and bring them indoors to adorn the Thanksgiving table. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 Like relief aid for Hurricane Maria and the killing of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 Most observers think that indiscriminate killings by the army and the forcing of people into garrison towns are fuelling the insurgency. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The 14-year-old’s gruesome killing – which came days after Till was accused of making advances on a white woman in segregated Mississippi – helped spark the civil rights movement. USA TODAY, "The gloves came off when FBI agent Strzok visited Capitol Hill," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The broader trends offer no surprises: executions are down, but Texas is still the nation's killingest state. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "71 percent of scheduled executions not carried out in 2017," 20 Dec. 2017

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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

: a large amount of money

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