See under murder (def 1).
Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder) and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder)
Slang. something extremely difficult or perilous:
That final exam was murder!
a group or flock of crows.
verb (used with object)
Law. to kill by an act constituting murder.
to kill or slaughter inhumanly or barbarously.
to spoil or mar by bad performance, representation, pronunciation, etc.:
The tenor murdered the aria.
verb (used without object)
to commit murder.
get away with murder, Informal. to engage in a deplorable activity without incurring harm or punishment:
The new baby-sitter lets the kids get away with murder.
murder will out, a secret will eventually be exposed.
yell / scream bloody murder,
to scream loudly in pain, fear, etc.
to protest loudly and angrily:
If I don’t get a good raise I’m going to yell bloody murder.
the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another Compare manslaughter, homicide
(informal) something dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant: driving around London is murder
(informal) cry blue murder, to make an outcry
(informal) get away with murder, to escape censure; do as one pleases
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime
to kill brutally
(informal) to destroy; ruin: he murdered her chances of happiness
(informal) to defeat completely; beat decisively: the home team murdered their opponents
Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16, 18, 21, 31; Lev. 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man’s having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5, 6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12, 15). The Mosiac law prohibited any compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Ex. 21:12, 14; Deut. 19:11, 13; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses were required in any capital case (Num. 35:19-30; Deut. 17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation for the crime committed (Deut. 21:1-9). These offences also were to be punished with death, (1) striking a parent; (2) cursing a parent; (3) kidnapping (Ex. 21:15-17; Deut. 27:16).
noun, Mathematics. 1. the derivative of the derivative of a function: Acceleration is the second derivative of distance with respect to time.
noun, Sports. 1. the half of a league comprising the teams having the poorest records at a particular time.
noun, plural secondes [si-kondz; French suh-gawnd] /sɪˈkɒndz; French səˈgɔ̃d/ (Show IPA). Fencing. 1. the second of the eight defensive positions. noun 1. the second of eight positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
adjective 1. next after the first; being the ordinal number for two. 2. being the latter of two equal parts. 3. next after the first in place, time, or value: the second house from the corner. 4. next after the first in rank, grade, degree, status, or importance: the second person in the company. 5. […]