Smother

[smˈʌðə], [smˈʌðə], [s_m_ˈʌ_ð_ə]

Definitions of smother:

  1.   A state of suppression.
  2.   That which smothers; a smothered condition.
  3.   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"
  4.   Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.
  5.   form an impenetrable cover over; " the butter cream smothered the cake"
  6.   Smoke: thick floating dust.
  7.   That which smothers or causes a sensation of smothering, as smoke, fog, the foam of the sea, a confused multitude of things.
  8.   To suffocate by excluding the air: to conceal.
  9.   deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; " smother fires"
  10.   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.
  11.   To be suffocated or stifled.
  12.   Stifling smoke; thick dust.
  13.   To suffocate; to stifle; to suppress.
  14.   A smoke; thick dust.
  15.   To be stified.
  16.   a stifling cloud of smoke
  17.   To be suffocated or suppressed: to smoulder.
  18.   To burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder.
  19.   To suffocate.
  20.   To be suffocated; to smoke without vent.
  21.   Stifling smoke or thick dust.
  22.   a confused multitude of things
  23.   To suffocate; stifle.
  24.   Smoke; thick dust.
  25.   envelop completely; " smother the meat in gravy"
  26.   conceal or hide; " smother a yawn"; " muffle one's anger"; " strangle a yawn"
  27.   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.
  28.   To extinguish life by causing smoke or dust to enter th lungs, or by depriving the lungs of air; to extinguish fire by excluding air; to suffocate; to choke; to be suffocated; to be suppressed or concealed.
  29.   To be suffocated or deprived of air.
  30.   To destroy the life of by depriving of air; stifle; suppress or conceal; as, to smother one's anger.
  31.   That which suffocates; smoke; thick dust.

Antonyms for smother:

cauterize, loosen, unleash, cremate, singe, invoke, generate, effectuate, release, create, burn, express, loose, uncork, make, draw on, bring on, incinerate, blaze, beget, exhale, enkindle, resuscitate, unloosen, vent, induce, inflame, breathe, respire, flame, set on fire, char, flash, kindle, inspire, bring about, take out, unloose, engender, unlock, scorch, bring, inhale, catalyze, fume, revive, expire, ignite.


Quotes for smother:

  1. Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. – Leo Buscaglia
  2. It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all. – Betty Friedan
  3. When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it. – Lewis B. Smedes
  4. Government is operated by deeply embedded, hopelessly entangled bureaus where nothing is accomplished because the function of the bureau is to intercept every living idea and smother it. – Gerry Spence

Usage examples for smother:

  1. The rest want to smother it with kisses. ” – King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays by Floyd Dell
  2. Had her moment come when she could force him to smother his scorn and wait at her door for bounty? ” – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  3. There was a certain amount left, as she soon discovered; enough to smother her. ” – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  4. And then Tom smelled a strange odor- an odor of a choking gas that seemed to smother him. ” – Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures by Victor Appleton
  5. But the excitement consequent on the unexpected recovery of the diamond ring, and the still more unexpected accession of wealth consequent thereon, had induced her to smother her dislike to railways for a time, and avail herself of their services in order to run down to a town about twenty miles off for the purpose of telling the good news to Netta, who chanced to be on a short visit to a friend there at the time. ” – The Iron Horse by R.M. Ballantyne
  6. Just as she would suddenly smother Mrs. Dainopoulos with impulsive caresses, so she cheered a lot of stolid soldiers who were nothing to her and in whose sentiments she had no share. ” – Command by William McFee
  7. “ Almagro, since his arrival at Caxamalca, had seemed willing to smother his ancient feelings of resentment towards his associate, or, at least, to conceal the expression of them, and had consented to take command under him in obedience to the royal mandate. ” – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling
  8. The cabin was stifling, and he felt that he would smother if he stayed there any longer. ” – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  9. It was necessary that an opening be made quickly or he would smother and this he set about to do with all his might. ” – Bobby of the Labrador by Dillon Wallace
  10. And if it did, I'd sooner smother myself than live with the wretched harpy. ” – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  11. Now by the Blood, and the Cross, if you smother not your titles, and let me range free, I tell you the thing I will do:- I will send back a complaint against you to Seville- and to make sure that it goes, no hand shall carry it but your own. ” – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  12. He choked with the sheer smother of his passion. ” – Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course by W. B. M. Ferguson
  13. The mystery which had lain so long at their horizon, which but now had crept in, threatening to smother them, rolled back to its accustomed place. ” – The Silent Places by Steward Edward White
  14. Certain death to bring 'em through that smother that stuff'd knock the brains out of 'em fast as they dropped into it. ” – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  15. Thy face shine at divan Thy sabre smother in duels! ” – An Anthology of Jugoslav Poetry; Serbian Lyrics by Various
  16. When I got to cutting up he'd try to smother it, and stop me by saying: 'Don't! ” – Black Jack by Max Brand
  17. This is the braver path: time soone can smother The dear- bought spoils and tropheis of the other. ” – Lucasta by Richard Lovelace
  18. It was just as though someone had laughed and then tried to smother the laugh with a cough. ” – Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood
  19. And I invented that scheme of finding tunes which the crowd didn't know, and so couldn't break in on and smother – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  20. “ " But you'll smother him," observed Newton. ” – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat

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