• WordNet 3.6
    • v quash put down by force or intimidation "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising","China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently","The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
    • v quash declare invalid "The contract was annulled","void a plea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quash Same as Squash.
    • v. t Quash (Law) To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment.
    • v. i Quash To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
    • Quash To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush. "The whales
      Against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed ,
      Though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed."
    • Quash To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion. "Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quash To beat down or beat in pieces; crash.
    • quash To crush; subdue; put down summarily; quell; extinguish; put an end to.
    • quash To be shaken with a noise; make the noise of water when shaken.
    • quash To make void; annul; in law, to annul, abate, overthrow, or set aside for insufficiency or other cause: as, to quash an indictment.
    • n quash A pompion.
    • n quash Same as squash (?).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Quash kwosh to crush: to subdue or extinguish suddenly and completely: to annul.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. cassare, to annihilate, annul, fr. cassus, empty, vain, of uncertain origin. The word has been confused with L. quassare, to shake, F. casser, to break, which is probably of different origin. Cf. Cashier (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. quasser (Fr. casser)—L. quassāre, inten. of quatĕre, to shake.


In literature:

Years after this they were all quashed on appeal to Madrid.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
My mother was named Jennie Andrews and my father was Quash Harris.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
That indictment's been quashed long ago.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Hence it was necessary for the State and Church to quash their indictment before God could do the same.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
If a little energy had been used on some of the opportunities that offered, the whole affair might have been quashed.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The tone quashed all hope.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The London indictments were quashed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
But that notion was instantly quashed by wiser heads.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
For one moment I drew a breath of hope; and then my hope was quashed.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
Thus was Wyatt's rebellion quashed.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Which expression, translated into English means, he quashes it.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
This marriage must be quashed; and hark ye, Procurator, you must help me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Later, however, the king quashed the judgment and restored him his property, if not his severed members.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
This proposal the priests had promptly quashed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
This dry alternation of responses quashed all serious conversation.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The Doctrinaries would have quashed the matter.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Men, the indictment is quashed.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
The government might look upon us as mutineers and thus give the Company a chance to quash the whole affair.
"The Hell Ship" by Raymond Alfred Palmer
We'll hold a Royalist Council between us which shall quash the designs of Trouet and his brood for ever.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
By the way, if you run across Thomas Loudon, you might tell him that the warrant issued for him has been quashed.
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White

In poetry:

"Was perfect beauty ever made
To hawk its charms for want of trade?
We hope no great defect comes forth
To quash the sale of so much worth.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
"With every stroke I left a gash,
While Negro blood sprang high;
And now all ocean cannot wash
My soul from murder's dye;
Nor e'en thy prayer, dear Mother, quash
That Woman's wild death-cry!
"The Slave Dealer" by Thomas Pringle
To quash the suit we make no stand;
From mischief tie the plaintiff's hand;
Who, from an over-fond desire,
The modes of high-life to acquire,
By any means except the good,
Has nipp'd his profits in the bud.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton

In news:

Bindover – Motion To Quash — Charge Reinstated.
Maryland's strong alcohol lobby likely to quash tax increase.
Biden Visits Iraq to Quash Election Dispute.
Obama May Have Fired Ex-IG to Quash Probe.
Moves in secret to quash suit against AT&T / Privacy group says firm gave records to surveillance program.
Group seeks to quash Dragas' reappointment .
Inside the Mets clubhouse, manager Terry Collins moved to quash what he saw as a gathering storm.
The research community came up with a whisker -quashing solution: Add 2% to 3% lead to the tin plating used in electronic assemblies, particularly on wires and leads to make them solderable.
Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel asked local news media this week for help in quashing rumors that the City Council was planning to act as quickly as possible to restrict bar and tavern admission to patrons age 21 and over.
Dallas County Republicans moved quickly Thursday to quash an Internet-fueled allegation that GOP ballots were being switched to Democratic by voting machines.
Spaghettie quash and black bean tacos with queso fresco.
Mahjoub is trying to have his threat designation quashed THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel.
Sri Lankan move to impeach chief justice stirs fears gov't is quashing independent judiciary.
Notable deaths in news 2012-N to Z. Canada- China trade would suffer if Nexen quashed: expert.
Corbett 's attorney and the city of South Bend have filed a joint motion to quash a subpoena that seeks to force him to testify at officer Stilp's disciplinary hearing on Friday.

In science:

In practice, r-weighting and beam smearing tend to quash any m 6= 0 component at the center and thus make the integrand negligible for 0 < r . 45′′ .
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
In fact if we are working with the relativistic version of the theory Belot’s selfLFE would follow from the rest of the theory. This is because the only way to . 15 This would quash all three make (Eq.4) covariant is to set g(B Bself) = qBself objections (B1)-(B3) in one fell swoop.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics