Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To strangle.
  • transitive v. Pathology To compress, constrict, or obstruct (an organ, duct, or other body part) so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid: strangulate an intestinal hernia.
  • intransitive v. To be or become strangled, compressed, constricted, or obstructed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stop flow through a vessel.
  • v. To strangle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strangulated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as strangulated.
  • To strangle; in pathology, to compress so as to suppress the function of a part, as a loop of intestine, a vessel, or a nerve. See strangulated.

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

  • v. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
  • v. constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
  • v. become constricted

Etymologies

Latin strangulāre, strangulāt-; see strangle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Charlie Kennel was handpicked by Dan Goldin to lead Earth Science and to strangulate EOS.

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  • Resisting the urge to strangulate the offending appliance with its own electrical cord I hadn't the energy, to be honest; I quite literally rolled out of bed and dropped to the floor.

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  • The ideal of freedom, its protection at home as well as its evangelization overseas, is repeatedly invoked to justify military interventionism, almost as if without a world vigilante constantly fanning the flames of liberty, asphyxiation would strangulate the planet's supposedly oppressed.

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  • But only in the last three years have they gotten dangerously high, fueling algae blooms that strangulate fish, smother the water in a putrid green-and-turquoise foam, clog boat engines, foul the air with rancid odors, and emit toxins that can cause permanent health problems in people.

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  • What American would finally not see who is willing to triangulate and who just wants to strangulate?

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  • " My idea is not to strangulate " the business, he said, noting that it can be an effective tool for reaching poor people with financial services who fall outside the banking mainstream.

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  • Surely the Yanks and the Queen of England have now settled any residual grudges dating back to pre 1776 and there is no longer any need to publicly strangulate Her Majesty's language - at least not on a British Blog.

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  • So far US has and is trying to strangulate Iran's economy (please read "Plan for Economic Strangulation of Iran"), repeatedly breached the Iranian airspace, arrested its diplomats and according to the latest reports probably has been involved in kidnapping another diplomat [13].

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  • Not only would it steer clear of the muscular cultural nationalism flaunted by the Hindutva brigade, but also fight forcefully the soulless secular policies thrust by the Marxists to strangulate the national polity.

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  • One, upon its creation, by neighbors who demandedthat the nascent state be destroyed immediately and the second war, eight years later,when its neighbors decided to cut off and strangulate Israel's supply lines.

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