Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cause constipation in.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin cōnstīpāre, cōnstīpāt-, to crowd together : com-, com- + stīpāre, to cram.]

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