squelch

verb
\ˈskwelch \
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 \ 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

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 There have been relatively few incidents of speech being squelched on college campuses, and there’s in fact limited evidence that conservatives are being unfairly targeted. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 McDougal was paid $150,000 to squelch her story of the relationship. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Michael Cohen's legal problems involve business dealings, payments to porn star: What to know," 21 Aug. 2018 In early June, the authority sent a letter notifying the 345 residents of the possible demolition, and officials held the first public meetings this week, seeking to squelch rumors of imminent eviction. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Griffin Park public housing complex could face demolition, relocating 345 residents," 29 June 2018 But Chinese leaders are wary of mass social movements and have moved quickly to squelch the unrest, further inflaming tensions among the veterans who feel betrayed. Washington Post, "Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi," 28 June 2018 On the other side of the Atlantic, Turkey, Hungary and Poland, still recognizable as democracies, are centralizing power, controlling the media, manipulating the courts and squelching protest. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 The problem is that the Court has almost completely squelched the availability of damages for most constitutional wrongs, including the Fourth Amendment, through a series of technical anti-plaintiff rules. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The latest Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not.," 22 June 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

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

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