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

When a big company donates thousands of computers to public schools while lobbying to squelch tax hikes that would keep those schools funded, that's MarketWorld in action. Fortune, "An Insider Takes Aim at Corporate America’s ‘Elite Charade’," 20 Aug. 2019 Goma is a hub of transborder traffic between the DRC and Rwanda and hosts an international airport; the discovery heightened fears that the epidemic, now in its 10th month, may become even harder to squelch. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "First Ebola case in African border metropolis could be a ‘game-changer,’ WHO leader warns," 15 July 2019 This is a direct legacy of the brutal force that was used to squelch the 1989 democracy protest in Tiananmen Square that remains a major factor in the thinking — and nightmares — of China’s leaders. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Hong Kong’s protests were an inspiring rebuke. Now comes the anxiety.," 20 June 2019 The candidates can’t be expected to squelch their differences—that wouldn’t be fair to their debate audience or tolerated by their hosts. Jim Lardner, The New Yorker, "Something for the Democrats to Try at the Debates: a Little Togetherness," 12 Sep. 2019 But opponents, many of them religious or politically conservative groups, have been successful in squelching similar efforts in other states. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Terminally ill, a retired social worker champions a “medical aid in dying” law," 10 Sep. 2019 Those games fueled a touchdown-less drought squelched Saturday after 131 minutes and 10 seconds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "This Ryan Agnew ‘magnificent’ in Aztecs’ historic win against UCLA," 7 Sep. 2019 China, despite its pledges, is moving to consume the city and squelch protests. Kristina Olney, National Review, "America Must Prevent Another Tiananmen Square and Stand for a Free Hong Kong," 12 Aug. 2019 That’s a hard wave to squelch down the old bad voice. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "‘Ooooh, the skulduggery!’: Inside the world of Steve McMichael, still one of the most colorful and beloved characters from the 1985 Bears," 26 Aug. 2019

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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