- 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
Related Words for squelchingthwart, muffle, squash, repress, crush, smother, extinguish, stifle, oppress, quench, censure, settle, kill, shush, strangle, quelch
Examples from the Web for squelching
Contemporary Examples of squelching
Yeah,” he says finally, squelching his giggles by downing half a bottle of Bud, “that sounds like Ray.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Traditionally, the yakuza have supplied the ruling party with votes, financial aid, and squelching scandal services.Japan’s Justice Minister to Resign Over Yakuza Ties
October 19, 2012
All the rest—the stuff about squelching innovation, and hurting consumers—is just kabuki theater.Nicolas Sarkozy Demands More Policing of the Internet
May 24, 2011
Historical Examples of squelching
And fool not with Elephant Law, which is given to squelching the weak.
My felt boots are soaking and squelching, my socks are snuffling.Letters of Anton Chekhov
And squelching 'umbugs always do give me pertikler pleasure.
They sank up to the knee in the squelching ooze, and the ground behind them looked like an indiarubber sponge.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
At last we set off slowly, squelching through the mud on the wet roads, the rain pouring down unceasingly.Q.6.a and Other places
- (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 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.