strangling

strangle

[strang-guhl]
verb (used with object), strangled, strangling.
1.
to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
2.
to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
3.
to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
verb (used without object), strangled, strangling.
4.
to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English strangelen < Old French estrangler < Latin strangulāre < Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted

strangler, noun
stranglingly, adverb
unstrangled, adjective


1. garrote, throttle, choke. 2. smother. 3. check, repress, gag, muzzle.
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strangle (ˈstræŋɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
2.  (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality
3.  (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry
 
[C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter]

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strangle
c.1300, from O.Fr. estrangler, from L. strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Gk. strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE base *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
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strangle stran·gle (strāng'gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.

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