• WordNet 3.6
    • v asphyxiate be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen "The child suffocated under the pillow"
    • v asphyxiate impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    • v asphyxiate deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow","The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Asphyxiate To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. Used commonly in the past pple
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • asphyxiate To produce asphyxia in; suffocate, or deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms.
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In literature:

In this case, also, very acute bronchitis and oedema of the lungs caused death by asphyxiation.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
It was enough to asphyxiate a whale-factory hand.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
While they are all very kind here, there is that asphyxiating atmosphere of stiffness and decorum which affects every one who comes to Tryland.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
Short of asphyxiating the prisoner I could do no more.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The Canadians and English who poured in from Ypres were terribly damaged, and the asphyxiating gas seems to have been simply diabolical.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
Without money a man slowly asphyxiated.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
He was as tired, confused, as nearly asphyxiated as I.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Will asphyxiating gas, and destruction of non-combatants and neutrals on land and sea, trouble him?
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Asphyxiating gas employed by the Germans.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
I made my toilet leisurely and, at the end, ate a slice of his asphyxiated toast.
"I Walked in Arden" by Jack Crawford

In news:

Sterbenz, the county's chief deputy medical examiner, testified during Krendick's eight-day trial that McCullaugh died of asphyxiation from the combined effects of chemical, electrical and chemical restraints on his airways.
Family and friends of 'Aukai Lamaku O Ka Na'auao Kusunoki will hold a memorial at Baldwin Beach Park for the late infant Wednesday, which would have been his first birthday, to draw attention to the danger of positional asphyxiation .
5-Year Old Murder Victim Died from Asphyxiation .
Coroner Rules Annie Le Died Of Traumatic Asphyxiation .
Spring's carbon dioxide causes asphyxiation deaths.
As many as a dozen people luxuriating in the bubbling warm waters of Northern California's Soda Springs may have been asphyxiated over the years by the carbon dioxide that rises out of the Earth.
A python's bite isn't venomous, but they can kill humans by asphyxiation.
Cyanide interferes with the oxygen-carrying function in the blood, causing animals to die of asphyxiation.
Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in Beginners, a gay-is-OK dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right.
They die from asphyxiation, rabies, drowning and falling off cliffs.
Notre Dame's independence, born of prejudice nearly a century ago, will die of asphyxiation.
Crowd crush, asphyxiations recall Love Parade disaster.
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge James Bates said he will decide Tuesday whether an East Toledo man charged in the asphyxiation deaths of a Springfield Township couple is mentally disabled.
(AP) — Authorities say a man found hanging from a tree stand near his upstate New York home apparently fell and was asphyxiated when he became tangled in his safety harness .
National standards warn that if sprayed suspects are placed on their stomachs, they risk asphyxiation.

In science:

In addition to lactate, α-Glx and glycine have also been shown to be increased in the asphyxiated neonate .
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
However, MRS is rapidly finding a place in the routine clinical assessment of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the asphyxiated neonate.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Whether a mine or tunnel, the need for more exotic detector materials and large volumes of flammables, compressed gases, and asphyxiates may make relations between host and scientists increasingly complicated in future experiments.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
It will also be responsible for a safety review of new experiments before they are formally considered, and for control of all flammable materials, radioactive materials, noxious gases and liquids, and asphyxiating gasses.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake