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.

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

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

  • intransitive verb To be strangled, or suffocated.
  • 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.

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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