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squelch (skwɛltʃ Pronunciation for squelch

Definitions

verb

  1. (intransitive) to walk laboriously through soft wet material or with wet shoes, making a sucking noise
  2. (intransitive) to make such a noise
  3. (transitive) to crush completely; squash
  4. (transitive) (informal) to silence, as by a crushing retort

noun

  1. a squelching sound
  2. something that has been squelched
  3. (electronics) a circuit that cuts off the audio-frequency amplifier of a radio receiver in the absence of an input signal, in order to suppress background noise
  4. (informal) a crushing remark

Derived Forms

ˈsquelcher noun
ˈsquelching adjective
ˈsquelchy adjective

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin

Example Sentences Including 'squelch'

He could hear their heavy footfalls, the squelch of rotten meat pushed beyond even its magically supported limits.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
She pulled at her wet trousers and they sprang back to her thigh with a squelch.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
The only sounds were of owls shrieking and the squelch of their feet.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)

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