from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The killing of animals especially for food.
- n. The killing of a large number of people; a massacre: "I could not give my name to aid the slaughter in this war, fought on both sides for grossly material ends” ( Sylvia Pankhurst).
- transitive v. To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher.
- transitive v. To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre.
- transitive v. To kill in a violent or brutal manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The killing of animals, generally for food; ritual slaughter (kosher and halal).
- n. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people.
- n. A rout or decisive defeat.
- v. To butcher animals, generally for food
- v. To massacre people in large numbers
- v. To kill in a particularly brutal manner
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.
- n. The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market.
- transitive v. To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.
- transitive v. To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of slaying or killing, especially of many persons or animals.
- n. Applied to beasts, butchery; the killing of oxen, sheep, or other animals for market.
- n. Great or sweeping reduction in the price of goods offered for sale.
- n. Synonyms Havoc. See kill.
- To kill; slay; especially, to kill wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers; massacre: as, to slaughter men in battle.
- To butcher; kill, as animals for the market or for food: as, to slaughter oxen or sheep.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the savage and excessive killing of many people
- n. the killing of animals (as for food)
- n. a sound defeat
- v. kill (animals) usually for food consumption
- v. kill a large number of people indiscriminately
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse slātr, butchery.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse slátr, from Proto-Germanic *sluHtís. (Wiktionary)