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

  • n. One that suppresses: a suppressor of free speech.
  • n. A gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene, especially of a mutant gene.
  • n. A device, such as a resistor or grid, that is used in an electrical or electronic system to reduce unwanted currents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device which suppresses something, especially an electronic or mechanical device.
  • n. A person who suppresses others, a tyrant.
  • n. A gene that suppresses the effect of another through epistasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who suppresses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who suppresses, crushes, or quells; one who represses, checks, or stifles; one who conceals.

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

  • n. someone who suppresses
  • n. a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene (especially of a mutant gene)
  • n. an electrical device for suppressing unwanted currents


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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