Meaning of squelch


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
  1. verb

    suppress or crush completely

    squelch any sign of dissent”

    quell, quench

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    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

    to put down by force or authority

  2. verb

    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
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    exert pressure or force to or upon

  3. verb

    make a sucking sound

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    go, sound

    make a certain noise or sound

  4. verb

    walk through mud or mire


    slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squish

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    footslog, pad, plod, slog, tramp, trudge

    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

  5. noun

    a crushing remark


    put-down, squelcher, takedown

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    contemptuous laughter

  6. noun

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


    squelch circuit, squelcher

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    circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit

    an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

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