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1. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.

2. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire.

3. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.

Origin: OE. Smotheren; akin to E. Smoor. See Smoor.

1. Stifling smoke; thick dust.

2. A state of suppression. Not to keep their suspicions in smother.

(Science: zoology) (bacon) Smother fly, an aphid.

Origin: OE. Smorther. See Smother.