The act of killing.
- The killing of animals especially for food.
- The killing of a large number of people; a massacre: "I could not give my name to aid the slaughter in this war, fought on both sides for grossly material ends” ( Sylvia Pankhurst).
- To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher.
- To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre.
- To kill in a violent or brutal manner.