Smothering
Smother Smoth"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smothered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smothering}.] [OE. smotheren; akin to E. smoor. See {Smoor}.] 1. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child. [1913 Webster]

2. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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