strangler


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stran·gle

 (străng′gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
v.tr.
1.
a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
b. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
2. To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
3. To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict: "That artist is strangled who is forced to deal with human beings solely in social terms" (James Baldwin).
v.intr.
1. To become strangled.
2. To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.

[Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.]

stran′gler n.
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strangler

(ˈstræŋɡlə)
n
1. a person or thing that strangles
2. (Botany) a plant, esp a fig in tropical rainforests, that starts as an epiphyte but sends roots to the ground and eventually forms a tree with many aerial roots, usually killing the host
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strangler - an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree
Clusia major, Clusia rosea, pitch apple, strangler fig - a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
2.strangler - someone who kills by strangling
killer, slayer - someone who causes the death of a person or animal
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Translations

strangler

[ˈstræŋgləʳ] Nestrangulador(a) m/f
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strangler

[ˈstræŋglər] nétrangleur m
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strangler

nWürger(in) m(f)
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strangler

[ˈstræŋgləʳ] nstrangolatore/trice
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References in classic literature ?
"No you don't!" Kelly cried, stepping between me and the ladder, his right hand shaped into a veritable strangler's clutch.
With the storm that is called "spirit" did I blow over thy surging sea; all clouds did I blow away from it; I strangled even the strangler called "sin."
With his victim in this attitude, it is impossible even for the most expert strangler to throw the lasso with advantage.
No one knows better than he how to throw the Punjab lasso, for he is the king of stranglers even as he is the prince of conjurors.
It was thereabouts that Feringhea, the Thuggee chief, king of the stranglers, held his sway.
But after watching the Boston Strangler - starring Tony Curtis - JJ and Hugh Cornwell, who left the group in 1990, decided on the permanent name.
THE sister of strangler Billy Stewart's victim was horrified to discover that her brother's killer is the kingpin of a prison drug smuggling ring.
A NOTORIOUS double strangler serving a wholelife jail sentence has died, it emerged yesterday.
Peter Paul Spector (The Fall) By day a counsellor, husband and father, at night he was a sadistic killer dubbed the Belfast Strangler.
But I think he's been blanked by a few people who don't want to have anything to do with The Stranglers anymore," says JJ, before recounting a recent incident involving a backstage altercation between Boni and one former Strangler.
What has it been like as a Strangler, the last couple of years?