suffocation


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suf·fo·cate

 (sŭf′ə-kāt′)
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
v.tr.
1. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
2. To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
3. To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle: "The rigid formality of the place suffocated her" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
v.intr.
1. To die from lack of air or oxygen.
2. To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
3. To become or feel oppressed; be stifled.

[Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat.]

suf′fo·ca′ting·ly adv.
suf′fo·ca′tion n.
suf′fo·ca′tive adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suffocation - killing by depriving of oxygensuffocation - killing by depriving of oxygen  
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
strangling, strangulation, throttling, choking - the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe; "no evidence that the choking was done by the accused"
2.suffocation - the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)suffocation - the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped); "asphyxiation is sometimes used as a form of torture"
hypoxia - oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
Translations
خَنْق، إخْتِناق
udušení
kvælning
fulladásmegfulladás
köfnun
duseniezadusenie
zadušitev
boğulma

suffocation

[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃən] Nasfixia f, ahogo m

suffocation

[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃən] nsuffocation f

suffocation

n (lit, fig)Ersticken nt

suffocation

[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃn] nsoffocazione f, soffocamento (Med) → asfissia
to die from suffocation → morire per asfissia

suffocate

(ˈsafəkeit) verb
to kill, die, cause distress to or feel distress, through lack of air or the prevention of free breathing. A baby may suffocate if it sleeps with a pillow; The smoke was suffocating him; May I open the window? I'm suffocating.
ˌsuffoˈcation noun

suf·fo·ca·tion

n. asfixia, paro de la respiración.

suffocation

n asfixia
References in classic literature ?
The first is to be crushed; the second is to die of suffocation.
I was scorching up, burning alive internally, in an agony of fire and suffocation, and I wanted air.
One may think that the locality of your passing away by means of suffocation in water does not really matter very much.
I call it relief, though it was only the relief that a snap brings to a strain or the burst of a thunderstorm to a day of suffocation.
Many of us have the flying dream, the pursuing-monster dream, color dreams, suffocation dreams, and the reptile and vermin dreams.
While some stooped with their lips to the brink and never raised their heads again, others sprang up from their fiery draught, and danced, half in a mad triumph, and half in the agony of suffocation, until they fell, and steeped their corpses in the liquor that had killed them.
But unluckily, the hunchback happened to swallow a large bone, and, in spite of all the tailor and his wife could do to help him, died of suffocation in an instant.
From this state he was awakened -- ages later, it seemed to him -- by the pain of a sharp pressure upon his throat, followed by a sense of suffocation.
He had no thought for anything save to remove the biting pain from his nose and mouth, the suffocation from his lungs.
A brusque question caused him to stutter to the point of suffocation.
Master Bates saw something so exquisitely ludicrous in this reply, that he burst into another laugh; which laugh, meeting the coffee he was drinking, and carrying it down some wrong channel, very nearly terminated in his premature suffocation.
I shall only have time to reach the bell, and pull it violently, before the sense of suffocation will come.