- (transitive, US) to halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force
- Even the king’s announcement could not squelch the rumors.
- Beaumont and Fletcher
- Oh 'twas your luck and mine to be squelched.
- If you deceive us you will be squelched.
- (transitive, radio technology) to suppress the unwanted hiss or static between received transmissions by adjusting a threshold level for signal strength, below which the signal is suppressed by applying a gain of zero, and above which a positive (and linear from zero) gain is applied.
- (intransitive, Britain) to make a sucking, splashing noise as when walking on muddy ground
- The mud squelched underfoot; it had been raining all night.
1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter XVI”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- [After they both fell into the lake.] Reaching the mainland some moments later and squelching back to the house, accompanied by Bobbie, like a couple of Napoleons squelching back from Moscow, [...]
- (intransitive, Britain) to walk or step through a substance such as mud
- The mud was thick and sticky underfoot, but we squelched through it nonetheless.
- (to halt): quash
to halt, stop, eliminate
radio technology: suppress hiss or static
to make a sucking, splashing noise
to walk or step through a substance such as a mud
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squelch (plural squelches)
- A squelching sound.
- (radio technology) suppression of the unwanted hiss or static between received transmissions by adjusting the gain of the receiver.