Strangle Stran"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strangling}.] [OF. estrangler, F. ['e]trangler, L. strangulare, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, n. Cf. {Strain}, {String}.] 1. To compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until death results from stoppage of respiration; to choke to death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a rope. [1913 Webster]

Our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to strangle herself. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner. [1913 Webster]

Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . . And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress. ``Strangle such thoughts.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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