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v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
a. To suffocate (another).
b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
2. To conceal, suppress, or hide: Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward.
3. To cover thickly: smother chicken in sauce.
4. To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone): The grandparents smothered the child with affection.
a. To suffocate.
b. To be extinguished.
2. To be concealed or suppressed.
3. To be surfeited with an emotion.
Something, such as a dense cloud of smoke or dust, that smothers or tends to smother.

[Middle English smotheren, from smorther, dense smoke; see smolder.]
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Adj.1.smothering - causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless"
breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"


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He was conscious of a great, dull pain that weighed on his mind, smothering it.
To get rid of the man, who was becoming a nuisance, he gave him his whole attention, as far as that smothering weight would allow him to give his whole attention to anything, and found that the man was saying strange things.
two or three stories,) wide, neat, and free from any quaintness of architectural ornamentation; locust trees bordering the sidewalks (they call them acacias;) a stirring, business-look about the streets and the stores; fast walkers; a familiar new look about the houses and every thing; yea, and a driving and smothering cloud of dust that was so like a message from our own dear native land that we could hardly refrain from shedding a few grateful tears and execrations in the old time-honored American way.
AN ex-soldier accused of smothering his grandmother later threatened to kill his girlfriend as she slept, a court heard.
The Tarrant County medical examiner testified during trial that Tomlin died partially from smothering, but also from positional asphyxia, meaning he suffocated after being left in a dangerous position unable to move.
About two hours before, she had called Macmillan Cancer Support to ask if smothering her friend would make her a murderer.
However, she's got a different kind of smothering planned for Rainbow with whom she butts-heads.
In smothering, death is due to mechanical occlusion of mouth or nose, for instance by pressing a pillow or any soft material over the mouth and nose, or by manually closing these orifices.
THE 27- year- old man, accused of smothering his wife to death at Radisson Hotel in Noida on Friday, was sent to 14 days' judicial custody by a district judge on Saturday.
Colonies of dangerous Japanese sea squirts pose a threat to mussel and scallop beds by smothering the seabed, and have been carried into Holyhead marina by boats from Ireland.
Dubai An administration officer yesterday pleaded not guilty to the charge of smothering his girlfriend and dumping her body in a sewage manhole after she pressured him to marry her.
The 70-year-old presenter apparently confessed to smothering his lover as he lay in hospital dying of Aids during a programme broadcast in February.