strangle

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Strangle \Stran"gle\, verb (used without an object) To be strangled, or suffocated.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Strangle \Stran"gle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Strangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strangling}.] [OF. estrangler, F. ['e]trangler, L. strangulare, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, noun Cf. {Strain}, {String}.]

1. 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.

Our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to strangle herself. --Ayliffe.

2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.

Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . . And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes? --Shak.

3. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress. "Strangle such thoughts." --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

strangle

verb

1: kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes" [syn: {strangle}, {strangulate}, {throttle}]

2: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn" [syn: {smother}, {stifle}, {strangle}, {muffle}, {repress}]

3: die from strangulation

4: prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries" [syn: {hamper}, {halter}, {cramp}, {strangle}]

5: constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing [syn: {choke}, {strangle}]

6: struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged" [syn: {gag}, {choke}, {strangle}, {suffocate}]


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