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.

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  • 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.
  • To arrange (the warp-threads) in the loom-reed for weaving.
  • n. The reed of a weavers' loom.

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  • v. kill intentionally and with premeditation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English slen, slayen, from Old English slēan.

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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.


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