Meaning of POISON in English
— poisoner , n. — poisonless , adj. — poisonlessness , n.
/poy"zeuhn/ , n.
1. a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health.
2. something harmful or pernicious, as to happiness or well-being: the poison of slander.
3. Slang. any variety of alcoholic liquor: Name your poison!
4. to administer poison to (a person or animal).
5. to kill or injure with or as if with poison.
6. to put poison into or upon; saturate with poison: to poison food.
7. to ruin, vitiate, or corrupt: Hatred had poisoned his mind.
8. Chem. to destroy or diminish the activity of (a catalyst or enzyme).
9. causing poisoning; poisonous: a poison shrub.
[ 1200-50; ME puisun potion- (s. of potio ) drink, POTION, poisonous draught ]
Syn. 1. POISON, TOXIN, VENOM are terms for any substance that injures the health or destroys life when absorbed into the system, esp. of a higher animal. POISON is the general word: a poison for insects. A TOXIN is a poison produced by an organism; it is esp. used in medicine in reference to disease-causing bacterial secretions: A toxin produces diphtheria. VENOM is esp. used of the poisons secreted by certain animals, usually injected by bite or sting: the venom of a snake. 7. contaminate, pollute, taint.
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012