Definitions for: Strangle


[v] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
[v] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
[v] prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
[v] die from strangulation
[v] conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
[v] kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stran"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strangled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Strangling.] [OF. estrangler, F. ['e]trangler, L.
strangulare, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? a halter; and perhaps akin to E.
string, n. Cf. Strain, String.]
1. To compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until
death results from stoppage of respiration; to choke to
death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a
rope.

Our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to
strangle herself. --Ayliffe.

2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.

Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . . And
there die strangled ere my Romeo comes? --Shak.

3. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.
``Strangle such thoughts.'' --Shak.


Stran"gle, v. i.
To be strangled, or suffocated.

Synonyms: choke, cramp, gag, halter, hamper, muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangulate, suffocate, throttle

See Also: asphyxiate, bound, compact, compact, compress, compress, confine, conquer, constrict, constrict, contract, contract, curb, garotte, garrotte, hurt, inhibit, kill, limit, press, press, restrain, restrict, scrag, squeeze, squeeze, stamp down, subdue, suffer, suffocate, suppress, throttle, trammel

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