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squelch

[skwelch] /skwɛltʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.
2.
to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a splashing sound.
4.
to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc., with such a sound.
noun
5.
a squelched or crushed mass of anything.
6.
a splashing sound.
7.
an act of squelching or suppressing, as by a crushing retort or argument.
8.
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
1610-1620
1610-20; variant of quelch in same sense (perhaps blend of quell and quash); initial s perhaps from squash1
Related forms
squelcher, noun
squelchingly, adverb
squelchingness, noun
unsquelched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squelched

squelch

/skwɛltʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk laboriously through soft wet material or with wet shoes, making a sucking noise
2.
(intransitive) to make such a noise
3.
(transitive) to crush completely; squash
4.
(transitive) (informal) to silence, as by a crushing retort
noun
5.
a squelching sound
6.
something that has been squelched
7.
(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
8.
(informal) a crushing remark
Derived Forms
squelcher, noun
squelching, adjective
squelchy, adjective
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squelched

squelch

v.

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.

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