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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause constipation in.
  • transitive v. To clog or make sluggish; obstruct.

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  • v. To cause constipation in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To crowd or cram into a narrow compass; to press together or condense.
  • transitive v. To stop (a channel) by filling it, and preventing passage through it.
  • transitive v. To render costive; to cause constipation in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crowd or cram into a narrow compass; thicken or condense.
  • To stop by filling a passage; clog.
  • To fill or crowd the intestinal canal of with fecal matter; make costive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. impede with a clog or as if with a clog
  • v. cause to be constipated

Etymologies

Latin cōnstīpāre, cōnstīpāt-, to crowd together : com-, com- + stīpāre, to cram.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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