from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set aside or annul, especially by judicial action.
- transitive v. To put down or suppress forcibly and completely: quash a rebellion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To defeat forcibly.
- v. To void or suppress (a subpoena, decision, etc.).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as squash.
- transitive v. To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void.
- transitive v. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush.
- transitive v. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely.
- intransitive v. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat down or beat in pieces; crash.
- To crush; subdue; put down summarily; quell; extinguish; put an end to.
- To be shaken with a noise; make the noise of water when shaken.
- To make void; annul; in law, to annul, abate, overthrow, or set aside for insufficiency or other cause: as, to quash an indictment.
- n. A pompion.
- n. Same as squash (?).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put down by force or intimidation
- v. declare invalid
Middle English quassen, from Old French casser, quasser, from Medieval Latin quassāre, alteration (influenced by quassāre, to shatter) of cassāre, from Latin cassus, empty, void.
Middle English quashen, from Old French quasser, from Medieval Latin quassāre, to shatter, from Latin; see squash.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre, present active infinitive of quassō. (Wiktionary)