Definitions for: Smother


[n] a stifling cloud of smoke
[n] a confused multitude of things
[v] conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
[v] envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy"
[v] deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; "smother fires"
[v] deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
[v] form an impenetrable cover over; "the butter cream smothered the cake"



Webster (1913) Definition: Smoth"er, n.
That which smothers or causes a sensation of smothering, as
smoke, fog, the foam of the sea, a confused multitude of
things.

Then they vanished, swallowed up in the grayness of the
evening and the smoke and smother of the storm. --The
Century.


Smoth"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smothered; p. pr. &
vb. n. Smothering.] [OE. smotheren; akin to E. smoor. See
Smoor.]
1. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the
air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to
prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.

2. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air
by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like;
as, to smother a fire.

3. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public
view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's
displeasure.


Smoth"er, v. i.
1. To be suffocated or stifled.

2. To burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder.


Smoth"er, n. [OE. smorther. See Smother, v. t.]
1. Stifling smoke; thick dust. --Shak.

2. A state of suppression. [Obs.]

Not to keep their suspicions in smother. --Bacon.

Smother fly (Zo["o]l.), an aphid.

Synonyms: asphyxiate, clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, muffle, put out, repress, stifle, strangle, suffocate, surround, welter

See Also: conquer, cover, cover, curb, disorder, disorderliness, extinguish, fume, inhibit, kill, rummage, smoke, snuff out, spread over, stamp down, subdue, suppress

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