- to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.
- to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.
- to make a splashing sound.
- to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc., with such a sound.
- a squelched or crushed mass of anything.
- a splashing sound.
- an act of squelching or suppressing, as by a crushing retort or argument.
- Also called squelch circuit, noise suppressor. Electronics. a circuit in a receiver, as a radio receiver, that automatically reduces or eliminates noise when the receiver is tuned to a frequency at which virtually no carrier wave occurs.
Origin of squelch
Examples from the Web for squelch
Even so, AEI is mostly a bystander as Republicans fight among themselves to squelch the Tea Party grassroots.D.C.’s Conservative Guru Finds His Inner Hippie
June 27, 2014
Attempting to squelch political speech by calling it hate speech only makes Israel look weaker.Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames
October 22, 2013
Yes, the party wants to squelch cultural expressions that threaten its own continuity and survival.China’s Next Big Export: Creativity and Culture
November 22, 2012
In attempting to squelch the protests, government forces killed six people on March 18 and more four days later.What's Happening in Syria? 6 Key Questions
David A. Graham
March 25, 2011
But she has done her darnedest to squelch rumors that she is interested in running.Dems Plot to Sink Scott Brown
Samuel P. Jacobs
December 12, 2010
He must have nerve to tackle her after he saw her squelch you.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
You get rid of Thomas and squelch that law case, and I'll keep mum.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Her mind was made up to squelch him at the first opportunity.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Before I got wind of them, they had gone so far it was almost impossible to squelch them.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
I'd just love to let it all squelch on, and I adore the smell!A harum-scarum schoolgirl
- (intr) to walk laboriously through soft wet material or with wet shoes, making a sucking noise
- (intr) to make such a noise
- (tr) to crush completely; squash
- (tr) informal to silence, as by a crushing retort
- a squelching sound
- something that has been squelched
- electronics a circuit that cuts off the audio-frequency amplifier of a radio receiver in the absence of an input signal, in order to suppress background noise
- informal a crushing remark
Word Origin and History for squelch
1620s, "to fall, drop, or stomp on something (soft) with crushing force," possibly imitative of sound made. The figurative sense of "suppress completely" is first recorded 1864.