squelch

verb
\ ˈskwelch How to pronounce squelch (audio) \
squelched; squelching; squelches

Definition of squelch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

squelch

noun

Definition of squelch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from squelch

Verb

squelcher noun

Noun

squelchy \ ˈskwel-​chē How to pronounce squelchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squelch in a Sentence

Verb

immediately squelched any signs of rebellion his irritated glare squelched any other potential objectors

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Setting interest rates higher to squelch demand won’t solve the housing problem. WSJ, "More Housing Would Mean Cheaper Housing," 25 Jan. 2019 But the data also suggests that recently implemented control efforts are helping to squelch the deadly germs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Nightmare” superbugs continue to lurk in US, but control efforts working," 4 Apr. 2018 And Wax’s radio silence left me wondering whether this is really a story about a tenured professor whose speech rights have been squelched? Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "Penn Prof. Amy Wax loses her voice | Michael Smerconish," 27 Mar. 2018 Related Coverage His departure fits in with a broad campaign by authorities to squelch critical discussion across society and enforce loyalty to President Xi Jinping. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "American Professor Cites Academic Intolerance as Reason for Leaving China," 18 July 2018 But there’s a difference, in my mind, between setting a framework and a context and squelching individual decisions and responsibilities. WSJ, "Grace Wales Bonner, Nicholas Hoult and More on Structure," 5 Dec. 2018 Some Republicans object to expanding federal influence and squelched the administration’s proposals in the 2018 budget. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care," 30 May 2018 Pakistan has squelched trade between India and Afghanistan across its territory. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "Iranian Port Project Poses a Dilemma for U.S.," 28 Oct. 2018 With five miles of walls and hundreds of cannons guarding the harbor, Suomenlinna squelched the Russian threat (at least for the time being). Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The man at the viewer sucked out his face with a faint squelch and, with no acknowledgment of either Anne or Ed, began to pack up as quickly as possible. WIRED, "What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction," 11 Dec. 2017 Slather your hair in DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel, reach the squelch point again, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel, and air-dry from there. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Top Upvoted Curly Hair Routines From Reddit—Here’s What Worked (and What Didn’t)," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of squelch

Verb

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squelch

Verb

origin unknown

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squelch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squelch

US : to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something

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