Meaning of squelch

squelch

Pronunciation: (skwelch), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.
  2. to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.
—v.i.
  1. to make a splashing sound.
  2. to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc., with such a sound.
—n.
  1. a squelched or crushed mass of anything.
  2. a splashing sound.
  3. an act of squelching or suppressing, as by a crushing retort or argument.
  4. Also calleda circuit in a receiver, as a radio receiver, that automatically reduces or eliminates noise when the receiver is tuned to a frequency at which virtually no carrier wave occurs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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