Meaning of POISON in English


[poi.son] n [ME, fr. MF, drink, poisonous drink, poison, fr. L potion-, potio drink--more at potion] (13c) 1 a: a substance that through its chemical action usu. kills, injures, or impairs an organism b (1): something destructive or harmful (2): an object of aversion or abhorrence

2: a substance that inhibits the activity of another substance or the course of a reaction or process "a catalyst ~"

[2]poison vt poi.soned ; (14c) 1 a: to injure or kill with poison b: to treat, taint, or impregnate with or as if with poison

2: to exert a baneful influence on: corrupt "~ed their minds"

3: to inhibit the activity, course, or occurrence of -- n [3]poison adj (1530) 1: poisonous, venomous "a ~ plant" "a ~ tongue"

2: impregnated with poison: poisoned "a ~ arrow"

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