When you squelch something, you're putting an end to it. You can squelch an idea or a rebellion.

This word has several meanings, but it's usually a verb for crushing things. A mean remark could squelch your self-confidence, and a powerful military could squelch an invading country. Squelching can also mean to make a squelch-like sucking sound — or to slop, slosh, splash, and squish through the mud. There's also a type of electric circuit that cuts off when the signal is weak: that's a squelch circuit, which squelches the connection.

Definitions of squelch

v suppress or crush completely

squelch any sign of dissent”
quell, quench
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority

v compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

crush, mash, squash, squeeze
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twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
crush with a steamroller as if to level
crush as if by treading on
crush together or collapse
Type of:
exert pressure or force to or upon

v make a sucking sound

Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v walk through mud or mire

slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squish
Type of:
footslog, pad, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

n a crushing remark

put-down, squelcher, takedown
Type of:
contemptuous laughter

n an electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise

squelch circuit, squelcher
Type of:
circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit
an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

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