- to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
- to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
- to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
- to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
- to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
- to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
- Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.
Origin of suppress
Examples from the Web for suppressor
But it is to the suppressor of this movement, rather than to its leader, that the Roumanians look back as their national hero.The Revolutionary Movement of 1848-9 in Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany
C. Edmund (Charles Edmund) Maurice
Instead, he, the suppressor of obscure Irish newspapers, had done more to injure recruiting than any Connemara editor.
Immediately, Forrester felt Mars throw out a suppressor field that would keep him from forming another Veil.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
This abominable endeavour to suppressor lessen every thing that is praise-worthy, is as frequent among the men as women.The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant
John Hamilton Moore
- a person or thing that suppresses
- a device fitted to an electrical appliance to suppress unwanted electrical interference to audiovisual signals
- to put an end to; prohibit
- to hold in check; restrainI was obliged to suppress a smile
- to withhold from circulation or publicationto suppress seditious pamphlets
- to stop the activities of; crushto suppress a rebellion
- to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
- to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
- to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
- to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires)Compare repress (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for suppressor
late 14c., "to put down by force or authority," from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere "press down, stop, check, stifle," from sub "down, under" (see sub-) + premere "push against" (see press (v.1)). Sense of "prevent or prohibit the circulation of" is from 1550s. Related: Suppressed; suppressing.
- To curtail or inhibit the activity of something, such as the immune system.
- To deliberately exclude unacceptable desires or thoughts from the mind.
- To reduce the incidence or severity of a condition or symptom, such as a hemorrhage.
- A mutant gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another usually mutant gene.
- A device, such as a resistor or grid, that is used in an electrical or electronic system to reduce unwanted currents.♦ A suppressor grid in a vacuum tube such as a pentode is designed to prevent the secondary emission of electrons from the plate. When electrons emitted by the tube's cathode strike the plate, their energies can be high enough to cause secondary emission of low-energy electrons from the plate, and these electrons can drift away into other positively charged electrodes in the tube (like the screen or the control grid), drawing current from the plate. A negatively charged suppressor grid near the plate repels these low-energy electrons and pushes them back toward the plate so that no current is lost, increasing the efficiency of the tube.