Squelch definition

skwĕlch
(informal) The act of suppressing or silencing; esp., a crushing retort, answer, rebuke, etc.
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(archaic) To crush by trampling.
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To produce a splashing, squishing, or sucking sound, as when walking through ooze.
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A squishing sound.
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An electric circuit that cuts off a radio receiver when the signal is too weak for reception of anything but noise.
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To crush or smash by or as by falling or stamping upon; squash.
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To suppress or silence completely and with a crushing effect.
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To walk heavily, as through mud, making a sucking sound.
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To make such a sound.
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(US) To halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force.

Even the king's announcement could not squelch the rumors.

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(radio technology) To suppress the unwanted hiss or static between received transmissions by adjusting the gain of your receiver.
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(intransitive, UK) To make a sucking, splashing noise as when walking on muddy ground.

The mud squelched underfoot; it had been raining all night.

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(intransitive, UK) To walk or step through a substance such as mud.

The mud was thick and sticky underfoot, but we squelched through it nonetheless.

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A squelching sound.
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To subdue forcibly.

Squelch a revolt.

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To inhibit or suppress.

Squelch a rumor; squelch one's anger.

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The definition of a squelch is slang for a remark that stops conversation.

An example of a squelch is when someone says something very unkind about the people having a spirited discussion.

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Squelch is defined as to press with force, or to quiet or stop by force.

An example of squelch is to squish mud under your shoes.

An example of squelch is to stop a protest with weapons.

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The sound of liquid, mud, slush, etc. moving under pressure or suction, as in wet shoes.
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A crushed mass of something.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
squelch
Plural:
squelches

Origin of squelch

  • Probably imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition