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killing

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noun kill·ing \ˈki-liŋ\

Definition of killing

  1. 1 :  the act of one that kills

  2. 2 :  kill 2a

  3. 3 :  a sudden notable gain or profit made a killing in the stock market

Examples of killing in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of killing

15th century


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killing

adjective kill·ing

Definition of killing

  1. 1 :  that kills or relates to killing

  2. 2 :  highly amusing

  3. 3 :  extremely difficult to deal with the suspense is killing; also :  calling for great strength, stamina, or endurance a killing schedule

killingly

play \ˈki-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of killing in a Sentence

  1. he's usually quiet, but occasionally unleashes some killing remark that cracks everyone up

  2. a killing schedule that requires the touring company to play in a different city every night

First Known Use of killing

15th century




KILLING Defined for English Language Learners

killing

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noun

Definition of killing for English Language Learners

  • : an act of killing someone or something

  • : a large amount of money



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