suffocating Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
asphyxiate; suffocate; smother.
- Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
- The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
verb impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate; choke.
- The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
verb become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
- He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village
verb suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
verb be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate.
- The child suffocated under the pillow
verb feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
- The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating
verb struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
gag; strangle; suffocate; choke.
- he swallowed a fishbone and gagged
adjective satellite 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
Suf"fo*ca`ting adjective & noun
- from Suffocate, v. -- Suf"fo*ca`ting*ly, adv.
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