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 .