Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
  • intransitive verb To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
  • intransitive verb To suppress, repress, or stifle.
  • intransitive verb To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict.
  • intransitive verb To become strangled.
  • intransitive verb To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In wrestling, a hold by which the wrestler's breathing is hampered.
  • 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.
  • noun Strangulation.
  • noun 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.

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

  • transitive verb 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 verb To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
  • transitive verb To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.
  • intransitive verb To be strangled, or suffocated.

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

  • verb transitive To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
  • verb transitive To stifle or suppress an action.
  • verb intransitive To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.

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

  • verb struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • verb prevent the progress or free movement of
  • verb die from strangulation
  • verb constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  • verb conceal or hide
  • verb kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

Etymologies

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

[Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulo, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλᾶν (strangalan, "to strangle"), from στραγγάλη (strangalē, "a halter"); compare στραγγός (strangos, "twisted").

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