Killing - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɪlɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word killing
Brit.  |ˈkɪlɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word killing
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to kill


- an event that causes someone to die
- the act of terminating a life (syn: kill)
- a very large profit (syn: cleanup)
- very funny (syn: sidesplitting)
a killing joke


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

...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...

They murdered fifteen boys in a killing spree (=an occasion when someone murders many people in a short period of time) across southern California.

Illegal dumping of waste is poisoning the stream and killing fish.

Soldiers swept through the territory, looting, burning, and killing.

She was convicted of manslaughter for driving while drunk and killing three people.

the merciless killing of innocent people

In passing the test of killing itself if infected, cancerous or genetically mischievous, a cell by definition dies.

...let us propound the question whether mercy killing should ever be an option...

...some cold-blooded rascal had set the barn afire, killing all of the horses...

They went on a killing spree.

The threats were a build-up for a killing.

The police say the killing of the young man was an accident.

A chemical factory went up in the North of England, killing many people.

Word forms

singular: killing
plural: killings
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