from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
- transitive v. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
- transitive v. To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
- transitive v. To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict: "That artist is strangled who is forced to deal with human beings solely in social terms” ( James Baldwin).
- intransitive v. To become strangled.
- intransitive v. To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
- v. To stifle or suppress an action.
- v. To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
- transitive v. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.
- intransitive v. To be strangled, or suffocated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To choke by compression of the windpipe; kill by choking; throttle.
- To suppress; keep from emergence or appearance; stifle.
- To suffocate by drowning. Defoe.
- To be choked or strangled.
- n. Strangulation.
- n. plural An infectious catarrh of the upper air-passages, especially the nasal cavity, of the horse, ass, and mule, associated with suppuration of the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands.
- n. In wrestling, a hold by which the wrestler's breathing is hampered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
- v. prevent the progress or free movement of
- v. die from strangulation
- v. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
- v. conceal or hide
- v. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulo, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλᾶν (strangalan, "to strangle"), from στραγγάλη (strangalē, "a halter"); compare στραγγός (strangos, "twisted"). (Wiktionary)