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Definition of "squelch" [squelch]

  • To crush by or as if by trampling; squash. (verb-transitive)
  • To put down or silence, as with a crushing retort: squelch a rumor. (verb-transitive)
  • To suppress or inhibit: a protein that squelches gene transcription. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce a splashing, squishing, or sucking sound, as when walking through ooze. (verb-intransitive)
  • A squishing sound. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squelch" in a sentence
  • "If you adjust the squelch from the media and put the nomination in the context of the world wide response upon winning the election ... the nomination makes perfect sense."
  • "If a president fires a US Attorney because the attorney is pursuing a corruption case that the president wants to squelch, that is an improper reason, be it political or not."
  • "The Dilbert Deception yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'The Dilbert Deception'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Did Scott Adams, Dilbert\'s creator, help W "squelch" a "bad idea" with humor?'"