Complete Definition of "smother"

English

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÊðÉ(r)|-ÊðÉ(r)

Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To suffocate; stifle; obstruct, more or less completely, the respiration of.
  2. transitive To extinguish or deaden, as fire, by covering, overlaying, or otherwise excluding the air: as, to smother a fire with ashes.
  3. transitive 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.
  4. transitive In cookery: to cook in a close dish: as, beefsteak smothered with onions.
  5. transitive To daub or smear.
  6. intransitive To be suffocated.
  7. intransitive To breathe with great difficulty by reason of smoke, dust, close covering or wrapping, or the like.
  8. intransitive Of a fire: to burn very slowly for want of air; smolder.
  9. intransitive Figuratively: to perish, grow feeble, or decline, by suppression or concealment; be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.
  10. aussie-rules To get in the way of a kick of the ball, preventing it going very far. When a player is kicking the ball, an opponent who is close enough will reach out with his hands and arms to get over the top of it, so the ball hits his hands after leaving the kicker's boot, dribbling away.

Related terms
smotheration
smotheriness
smothery

Translations
trans-top|To suffocate
Catalan: asfixiar
Finnish: tukehduttaa
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Italian: soffocare
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trans-top|To extinguish or deaden
Finnish: tukahduttaa
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trans-top|To reduce to a low degree of vigor or activity
Finnish: tukahduttaa
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trans-top|In cookery: to cook in a close dish
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trans-top|To daub or smear
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trans-top|To be suffocated
Finnish: tukehtua
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trans-top|To breathe with great difficulty
Finnish: tukehtua
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trans-top|to burn very slowly for want of air
Finnish: kyteä
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trans-top|Figuratively: to perish, grow feeble, or decline
Finnish: tukahtua
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Noun
en-noun

  1. That which smothers or appears to smother, in any sense.
  2. The state of being stifled; suppression.
  3. aussie-rules The act of smothering a kick (see above).

References
R:Century 1911

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