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QUASH, verb transitive [Latin quasso, quatio.]

1. Properly, to beat down or beat in pieces; to crush.

The whales against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quash'd.

2. To crush; to subdue; as, to quash a rebellion.

3. In law, to abate, annul, overthrow or make void; as, to quash an indictment. He pays judgment of the writ or declaration that the same may be quashed.

QUASH, verb intransitive To be shaken with a noise.

QUASH, noun A species of cucurbita; but in America pronounced squash; so called probably from it softness. [See the Verb.]