• WordNet 3.6
    • v smother conceal or hide "smother a yawn","muffle one's anger","strangle a yawn"
    • v smother envelop completely "smother the meat in gravy"
    • v smother deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion "smother fires"
    • v smother 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"
    • v smother form an impenetrable cover over "the butter cream smothered the cake"
    • n smother a stifling cloud of smoke
    • n smother a confused multitude of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Smother A state of suppression. "Not to keep their suspicions in smother ."
    • Smother Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.
    • Smother Stifling smoke; thick dust.
    • Smother That which smothers or causes a sensation of smothering, as smoke, fog, the foam of the sea, a confused multitude of things. "Then they vanished, swallowed up in the grayness of the evening and the smoke and smother of the storm."
    • Smother To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire.
    • Smother To be suffocated or stifled.
    • Smother To burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder.
    • Smother To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n smother That which smothers or appears to smother, in any sense. Smoke, fog, thick dust, foul air, or the like.
    • n smother Smoldering; slow combustion.
    • n smother Confusion; excess with disorder: as, a perfect smother of letters and papers.
    • n smother The state of being stifled; suppression.
    • smother To suffocate; stifle; obstruct, more or less completely, the respiration of.
    • smother To extinguish or deaden, as fire, by covering, overlaying, or otherwise excluding the air: as, to smother a fire with ashes.
    • smother Hence, figuratively and generally, to reduce to a low degree of vigor or activity; suppress or do away with; extinguish; stifle; cover up; conceal; hide: as, the committee's report was smothered.
    • smother In cookery, to cook in a close dish: as, beefsteak smothered with onions.
    • smother To daub or smear.
    • smother Synonyms Smother, Choke, Strangle, Throttle, Stifle, Suffocate. To smother, in the stricter sense, is to put to death by preventing air from entering the nose or mouth. To choke is to imperil or destroy life by stoppage, external or internal, in the windpipe. To strangle is to put to death by compression of the windpipe. Throttle is the same as strangle, except that it is often used for partial or attempted strangling, and that it suggests its derivation. Suffocate and stifle are essentially the same, except that stifle is the stronger: they mean to kill by impeding respiration.
    • smother To be suffocated.
    • smother To breathe with great difficulty by reason of smoke, dust. close covering or wrapping, or the like.
    • smother Of a fire, to burn very slowly for want of air; smolder.
    • smother Figuratively, to perish, grow feeble, or decline, by suppression or concealment; be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Smother smuth′ėr to suffocate by excluding the air: to conceal
    • v.i Smother to be suffocated or suppressed: to smoulder
    • n Smother smoke: thick floating dust: state of being smothered: confusion
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  • Leo Buscaglia
    “Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.”
  • George Eliot
    “Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.”
  • Dame Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Sitwell
    “The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Ridicule often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smotheren,; akin to E. smoor,. See Smoor


In literature:

Smothering his feeling of helplessness and the slow anger that roused in him, the Terran busied himself with study of a sort.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The blackness and the silence seemed to blanket and smother him, like something tangible to the touch.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
He must be smothered.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
The clovers that are most helpful in smothering weeds are the mammoth, the medium and the alsike varieties.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Dropping her lantern, with a smothered scream she fled.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Muff was out of the question for he would smother in that box.
"Little Maid Marian" by Amy E. Blanchard
All at the table paused, smiling at the loud whispers and smothered giggles coming from the hall.
"Mary's Rainbow" by Mary Edward Feehan
A small brook ran through it, smothered here and there in snow.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Therefore, if he feels any chagrin, he will smother it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
Why, I should smother and I could not hear!
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

A woman with a burning flame
Deep covered through the years
With ashes. Ah! she hid it deep,
And smothered it with tears.
"Smothered Fires" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
"What thoughts were they, Eliza, tell,
Nor seek from me the truth to smother."—
"O I remember very well,
I whispered something to my brother.
"The Text" by Charles Lamb
"We've many friends from home, here, now,
And some we call our brothers,
While some we meet with clouded brow, -
Their creed, our feeling smothers.
"A Protestant Irishman To His Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
O dim unbodied land!
Joy dwells not there, even pain is at a stand.
A smothering presence fills the air around
Of patience dumb, and fears without a sound.
"The Churchyard: Night The First" by Thomas Aird
Adieu!—'tis past—the dream is over,
And we are friends no more;
And now my task shall be to smother
Thoughts prized too well before—
That we have ever loved or met,
All, but our parting, to forget.
"To a False Friend" by Louisa Stuart Costello
A Weakling, I - she made me strong;
My finest thoughts to her belong;
Through twenty years she mothered me,
And then one day she smothered me
With kisses, saying wild with joy:
"Soon we'll be three - let's hope, a boy."
"The Undying" by Robert W Service

In news:

I also have used grass clippings as a weed smothering mulch around individual plants.
The Knights played a smothering style of basketball after halftime, outscoring the Wildcats 26-5 in the third quarter.
It was damaging evidence in Montgomery County courtroom Friday in the case of a woman charged with smothering a baby she was babysitting almost 20 years ago.
Tim Heitman/US PresswireThe Dallas defense smothered Philadelphia and quarterback Donovan McNabb on Sunday.
Shayla Smothers saw an opportunity to learn from a basketball coach who knows plenty about the post when she transferred from Capital to Black Hills in the summer.
Smothered Pork Chops with Cornbread.
Dee Caruso , a writer for TV shows including "Get Smart," "The Monkees" and "The Smother Brothers Show," died of pneumonia on Sunday, May 27, in Brentwood, Calif He was 83.
Pope recalls when 'light' of God smothered.
The blanket smothers the clams .
Beef negimaki is steak with scallions, smothered in teriyaki sauce.
Curtis Park Creamery has been dishing up cheesy, smothered goodness for more than forty years.
Tiffany Lopez, a California mother, pleaded guilty this week to smothering her 2-year-old daughter because she was frustrated that the little girl was crying .
If there's anybody on the Central Arkansas football team who knows senior receiver Dominique Croom better than most, it's his roommate — junior quarterback Wynrick Smothers.
San Francisco's defense smothered Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for most of the game, then made one last stand to stop a late rally as the 49ers beat the Packers 30-22 on Sunday.
Jaynes and a friend, Salvatore Sicari, kidnapped and smothered Jeffrey Curley and then tossed his body into a river in Maine, hidden inside a container.

In science:

As a consequence, the potential becomes smother; hence, one should be careful to choose the cut-off not too high in order to preserve the qualitative features of inflationary regimes.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
In other words, we have produced fewer ob jects containing neutron stars in smothered or contact systems in run  compared to run .
The Binary Zoo: The Calculation of Production Rates of Binaries Through 2+1 Encounters in Globular Clusters
It is also important to note that the ratio of LMXBs to smothered systems is also quite di(cid:11)erent between runs  and .
The Binary Zoo: The Calculation of Production Rates of Binaries Through 2+1 Encounters in Globular Clusters
In the former many more smothered systems are produced.
The Binary Zoo: The Calculation of Production Rates of Binaries Through 2+1 Encounters in Globular Clusters
We treat smothered neutron stars in the same way as runs  - , i.e. assuming the envelopes expand to engulf the binary companion.
The Binary Zoo: The Calculation of Production Rates of Binaries Through 2+1 Encounters in Globular Clusters