strangle

Definitions

  • "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
    "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strangle struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    • v strangle constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    • v strangle 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"
    • v strangle die from strangulation
    • v strangle conceal or hide "smother a yawn","muffle one's anger","strangle a yawn"
    • v strangle 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most murders by a woman are 612, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary
    • v. i Strangle To be strangled, or suffocated.
    • Strangle 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."
    • Strangle To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress. "Strangle such thoughts."
    • Strangle 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?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 1800s, the Chinese believed that strangling a man was less sever a punishment than beheading because the body would not be permanently disfigured.
    • strangle To choke by compression of the windpipe; kill by choking; throttle.
    • strangle To suppress; keep from emergence or appearance; stifle.
    • strangle To suffocate by drowning. Defoe. Synonyms Choke, Stifle, etc. See smother.
    • strangle To be choked or strangled.
    • n strangle Strangulation.
    • n strangle plural An infectious catarrh of the upper air-passages, especially the nasal cavity, of the horse, ass, and mule, associated with suppuration of the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands. The disease usually attacks young animals. Enfeebled health, exposure, and neglect are predisposing causes. It may appear as an epizoötic in large stables. The mortality is from 2 to 3 per cent. The disease begins with fever and a serous discharge from the nose, which later becomes viscid. At the same time a swelling appears under the jaws, indicating inflammation and suppuration of the submaxillary glands. The disease ordinarily lasts several weeks. Complications may, however, appear. The throat and neighboring lymphatics may become involved and the infection extend to various parts of the system, giving rise to pyemia. Specific bacteria (streptococci) have been found in the suppurating glands.
    • n strangle In wrestling, a hold by which the wrestler's breathing is hampered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Strangle strang′gl to compress the throat so as to prevent breathing and destroy life: to choke: to hinder from birth or appearance: to suppress
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Quotations

  • John A. Lincoln
    John A. Lincoln
    “A cul-de-sac to which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”
  • Barnett Cock
    Barnett Cock
    “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.”
  • Georges Rouault
    Georges Rouault
    “Painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estrangler, F. étrangler, L. strangulare, Gr. , , fr. a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, n. Cf. Strain String
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estrangler (Fr. étrangler)—L. strangulāre, -ātum—Gr. strangaloein, to strangle, strangos, twisted.

Usage

In literature:

And then I strangled him!
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
To his mind flashed stories of swimmers who had been drowned by women with the fatal strangle-hold.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
But about the middle of the night the angel rose, and strangled the sleeping infant.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
They would have strangled me, just as they strangled the other!
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He caught the Moon Man by the throat, and had nearly strangled him.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
The knot in his throat grew harder, his face was drawn as if he were being strangled.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Give them to me at once, or, by Heaven, I'll strangle you!
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
I strangled for breath, heaving at the implacable weight that pinned me helpless.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The captain I would put in a cage with hungry lions, and Gilvey I'd strangle with my bare hands.
"The Hated" by Frederik Pohl
Got on its back and strangled it somehow.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
As it did so, from the house came a strangled cry and a sound as of a blow.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
I tried this, and to my delight, found it rid me of the strangling plague.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
He inhaled the strangling odor of the spilled liquor on his handkerchief.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Then suddenly the gray beast's screeching took on a half strangling sound.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
And a strangled cry broke from Kay's throat as he looked down at what had been Cliff Hynes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
It stifles the spirit of progress and strangles its pioneers.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
In five minutes he was almost strangling and the thing was half a mile ahead of him.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Rather would I strangle her with these hands!
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
Ah, he would strangle the beast and pitch him over the fall.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
He tied her head and tail, but she barked and jumped and so pulled and tightened the string that she was nearly strangled.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
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In poetry:

She lives unhurt--unhurt too lies
The baby in her clasp;
And her aerial tyrant dies
Just strangled in her grasp.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
'Twas the body of Judas Iscariot
Strangled and dead lay there;
'Twas the soul of Judas Iscariot
Look'd on it in despair.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
Rend your wild hair, you elfin things,
That peep from bush and tree;
I know what strangling arms you reach
Athwart the dusk to me.
"The Enchanted Forest" by Cicely Fox Smith
She saith to the bloody one curst
With the fever of evil, she saith
“My sorrow shall strangle thee first
With an agony wilder than death!
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall
There's the ghost of a Hope
That lighted my days with a fanciful glow.
In her hand is the rope
That strangled her life out. Hope was slain long ago.
"Ghosts" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Behold the image of my fear.
O rise not, move not, come not near!
That moment, when you turned your face,
A demon seemed to leap through space;
His gesture strangled me with fear.
"Haschisch" by Arthur Symons

In news:

Medical Examiner Says Powell was Strangled.
NM men planned to strangle pop star.
The first half of 2012 saw at least 38 people shot, stabbed, strangled or beaten to death in Milwaukee, two fewer than the first six months of 2011, according to a database maintained by the Journal Sentinel.
Unions strangle off American-made product, and it's more than Twinkies.
He strangled and stabbed her more than 50 times, authorities said.
Authorities say Kamin was 15 when he strangled his parents in January at their Oakland home.
Man strangled wife, said she overdosed.
Over the past 20 years, the prevailing wisdom in Washington has been that regulation strangles business.
Outdated union red tape strangles recovery.
An "Inside Edition" photo of Pedro Hernandez, who authorities say has confessed to strangling Etan Patz in 1979.
Peg Perego recalled hundreds of thousands of strollers Tuesday because children can become trapped and strangled between trays on them.
Walla Police arrest a well-known gang member early Sunday morning, who allegedly attempted to strangle his girlfriend.
Burned man found in garbage was strangled.
Ex-con gets 34 years for strangling St Paul woman.
In reality, Sejanus was strangled -- and like the show illustrates -- his body was thrown onto the Gemonian stairs.
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In science:

The “budding” transition is particularly remarkable, since it implies the existence of a “strangled neck” in which the curvature radii go to zero.
Amphiphilic Membranes
Its small size also allows the bulk of the jet energy to transfer to the outskirts of the system, while radio sources can be strangled in large cool cores.
Why are there strong radio AGNs in the center of "non-cool core" clusters?
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