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

In season one, the Demogorgon used to punch through walls and tree portals, but now members of the Mind Flayer’s evil army are just chittering and squelching around town. Time, "Let's Discuss the 10 Big Questions We Have After Binging Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 But Yelich bounced out to second, squelching any rally hopes. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Padres 2, Brewers 0: Jhoulys Chacín's return unsuccessful as bats go silent," 18 June 2019 Firefighters attempted to put out a series of blazes at the plant, and eventually helicopters dumped sand and other materials in an attempt to squelch the fires and contain the contamination. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Chernobyl disaster: What happened, and the long-term impacts," 17 May 2019 In particular, hard-liners at the White House squelched waivers that would have allowed Iran to keep selling oil after a May 1 deadline. Author: Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, "Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for US military action as some in administration question aggressive policy," 19 June 2019 But Senzatela squelched the rally by inducing Adam Jones to hit into a double play. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Antonio Senzatela, Charlie Blackmon lead Rockies past Diamondbacks," 18 June 2019 Ho appeared skeptical of Hicks’ arguments, questioning whether the law could be challenged because fear of guns might squelch free speech at a public park. Washington Post, "Appeals court hears challenge to Texas campus carry law," 11 July 2018 Issues that are actually important, such as the monopoly market and speech-squelching power of big-tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter, are treated as peripheral. Jeremy Carl, National Review, "Debating Net Neutrality: Big-Tech Monopolies Are the Real Problem," 11 June 2019 Traction control, that burnout-squelching fun-killer, is saving the day out here. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Kia Telluride Has Some Serious Off-Road Chops," 7 May 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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