squelch
I. verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1624 transitive verb 1. a. to fall or stamp on so as to crush b. (1) to completely suppress ; quell <
squelch resistance
>
(2) silence <
squelched the protesters
>
2. to emit or move with a sucking sound intransitive verb 1. to emit a sucking sound 2. to splash through water, slush, or mire • squelcher noun II. noun Date: 1895 1. a sound of or as if of semiliquid matter under suction <
the squelch of mud
>
2. the act of suppressing; especially a retort that silences an opponent • squelchy adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Squelch — Squelch, n. 1. A heavy fall, as of something flat. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A crushing reply; as, the perfect squelch for a conceited remark. [Colloq.] Hudibras. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squelch — (skw[e^]lch), v. i. [Perh. imitative. Cf. {Squelch}.] To make a sound like that made by the feet of one walking in mud or slush; to make a kind of swashing sound; to squish; also, to move with such a sound. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] He turned and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squelch —   [skweltʃ, englisch], Baugruppe eines Sende Empfangs Geräts, die als Rauschsperre den Niederfrequenzkanal automatisch abschaltet, wenn der Niederfrequenz Störabstand (Verhältnis von Nutz und Rauschsignal) unter einen Schwellenwert absinkt. * * * …   Universal-Lexikon

  • squelch — [skweltʃ] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] 1.) to make a sucking sound by walking or moving in something soft and wet ▪ My hair was dripping and my shoes squelched as I walked. squelch through/along/up ▪ We squelched across the field.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Squelch — (skw[e^]lch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Squelched} (skw[e^]lcht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squelching}.] [Cf. Prov. E. quelch a blow, and quell to crush, to kill.] To quell; to crush; to silence or put down. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Oh t was your luck and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squelch — [skwɛltʃ] das; , es [...tʃiz, ...tʃis] <zu engl. to squelch »unterdrücken, niederhalten«> Baugruppe eines Sende bzw. Empfangsgeräts zur Unterdrückung des Rauschens (Elektronik) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • squelch — [ skweltʃ ] verb 1. ) transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL to stop someone or something that is causing you trouble, especially by taking firm action against them: SQUASH: The government s policy of imprisoning protesters had successfully squelched… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • squelch — squelch·er; squelch; …   English syllables

  • squelch — index abolish, counteract, defeat, extinguish, quash, refute, stifle, strangle Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • squelch — (v.) 1620s, to fall, drop, or stomp on something (soft) with crushing force, possibly imitative of sound made. The figurative sense of suppress completely is first recorded 1864 …   Etymology dictionary

  • squelch — [v] suppress, restrain black out, censure, crush, extinguish, kill, muffle, oppress, quelch, quench, repress, settle, shush, sit on, smother, squash, stifle, strangle, thwart; concept 130 Ant. allow, release …   New thesaurus

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