from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause asphyxia in; smother.
- intransitive v. To undergo asphyxia; suffocate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To smother or suffocate someone.
- v. To be smothered or suffocated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used commonly in the past pple.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce asphyxia in; suffocate, or deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
- v. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
- v. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
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Moreover, when the human body does start to asphyxiate on a liquid, it has a … peculiar reflex, designed to prevent aspiration of liquid: the larynx clamps down, preventing anything - air, water, whatever, from entering the lungs.
Climbing up revealed that the alarm meant the backup 9V battery was low, not that I was about to asphyxiate – that would have rated four beeps in quick succession.
Donovan and his investigators began piecing together the many parts of the Nazi Holocaust machine, unearthing SS documents on “death vans” used to asphyxiate Jews, collecting testimony from Auschwitz survivors on its gas chambers.
She will be at the church giving arrival updates to the Prince; she will be the only one who can get under the dress and hold it up so Kate can use the loo beforehand; and to figure out how to stuff the massive train into the carriage to the Palace afterwards so it doesn't asphyxiate Will on the way.
"We can't leave certain people to asphyxiate the Ivorian economy—because for some people, this is their sole objective," he said.
When Jonathan Trott does exactly the same he's a balding madman, some crease-fiddling glory-hunter attempting single-handedly to asphyxiate all cricket with his annihilating leg‑side wagon wheel.
The chairman wondered whether she would asphyxiate before the singularity at the heart of the warp core crushed the ship.
Because whatever you do you mustn't fall asleep when you're wearing them or you'll asphyxiate your eyes.
The 34-year-old Superior mental-health counselor charged with murder in the death of her 6-month-old son told a detective at the hospital that she feared her son had autism and attempted to asphyxiate the boy with a plastic bag before "put (ting) blankets over the baby's head," according to an arrest-warrant affidavit released this afternoon.
She methodically rigged up her car, planning to asphyxiate herself.
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