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Smother


SMOTHER, verb transitive [allied perhaps to smoke.]

1. To suffocate of extinguish life by causing smoke or dust to enter the lungs; to stifle.

2. To suffocate or extinguish by closely covering, and be the exclustion of air; as, to smother a child in bed.

3. To suppress; to stifle; as, to smother the light of the understanding.

SMOTHER, noun

1. Smoke; thick dust.

2. A state of suppression. [Not in use.]