from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
- transitive v. To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spring or fountain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To die.
- intransitive v. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate.
- transitive v. To take the life of; to kill.
- transitive v. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
- transitive v. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease
- n. Murder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to die; put to death; kill; slay.
- To cause to cease; subdue; crush: as, to quell an insurrection.
- To reduce to peace or inaction; quiet; allay.
- To dash out; destroy.
- Synonyms To overpower, put down, lay, smother.
- To calm, compose.
- To die; perish.
- To abate.
- n. Murder.
- n. Power or means of quelling or subduing.
- To well or flow out.
- n. A spring; a fountain; a source from which water wells out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. overcome or allay
- v. suppress or crush completely
Middle English quellen, to kill, from Old English cwellan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cwellan ("to kill"). Compare Old Armenian կեղ (keł, "sore, ulcer"), Old Church Slavonic жаль (žalĭ, "pain"), German quälen ("to torment, agonize, smite"). (Wiktionary)
German Quelle. (Wiktionary)