verb (used with object)
- quellung reaction,
Origin of quell
Examples from the Web for quelling
The crowds insisted that the law enforcement presence prompted violence instead of quelling it.
They're America's biggest investor and our best chance at quelling Kim Jong Il.
The city authorities were requested to use their influence in quelling the riots but seemed unequal to the emergency.As I Remember|Marian Gouverneur
As for quelling any trouble here, there doesnt seem to be any.Two Boys of the Battleship|Frank V. Webster
Washington now showed his sagacity in quelling the fears of the soldiers regarding their back pay.Comic History of the United States|Bill Nye
She had some difficulty in quelling the tumult that arose when the bell was answered.Cashel Byron's Profession|George Bernard Shaw
In a word, Blanco absolutely failed, as completely as had his predecessors, in quelling the rebellion.Cuba|Arthur D. Hall
Word Origin for quell
Old English cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," from Proto-Germanic *kwaljanan (cf. Old English cwelan "to die," cwalu "violent death;" Old Saxon quellian "to torture, kill;" Old Norse kvelja "to torment;" Middle Dutch quelen "to vex, tease, torment;" Old High German quellan "to suffer pain," German quälen "to torment, torture"), from PIE *gwele- "to throw, reach," with extended sense of "to pierce" (cf. Armenian kelem "I torture;" Old Church Slavonic zali "pain;" Lithuanian galas "end," gela "agony," gelati "to sting"). Milder sense of "suppress, extinguish" developed by c.1300. Related: Quelled; quelling.