from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To kill violently.
- transitive v. Slang To overwhelm, as with laughter or love: Those old jokes still slay me.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To kill, murder.
- v. To eradicate or stamp out.
- v. To defeat, overcome.
- v. To delight or overwhelm, especially with laughter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put to death with a weapon, or by violence; hence, to kill; to put an end to; to destroy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike; smite.
- To strike so as to kill; put to death violently, by means of a weapon or otherwise; kill.
- To destroy; put an end to; quench; spoil; ruin.
- Synonyms Murder, etc. See kill.
- n. The reed of a weavers' loom.
- To arrange (the warp-threads) in the loom-reed for weaving.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill intentionally and with premeditation
Middle English slen, slayen, from Old English slēan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sleen, from Old English slēan ("to strike, beat, smite, stamp, forge, sting, slay, kill, impact"), from Proto-Germanic *slahanan (“to fight, strike, kill”), from Proto-Indo-European *slak- (“to hit, throw”). Cognate with Dutch slaan ("to beat, hit, strike"), German schlagen ("to beat, hit, strike"), Swedish slå ("to knock, beat, strike"), Icelandic slá ("to strike"). Related to slaughter, onslaught. (Wiktionary)