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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppressor, suppressernoun

    someone who suppresses

    "dictators are suppressors of free speech"

  2. suppressor, suppresser, suppressor gene, suppresser genenoun

    a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene (especially of a mutant gene)

  3. suppressor, suppressernoun

    an electrical device for suppressing unwanted currents


  1. suppressornoun

    A device which suppresses something, especially an electronic or mechanical device.

  2. suppressornoun

    A person who suppresses others, a tyrant.

  3. suppressornoun

    A gene that suppresses the effect of another through epistasis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suppressornoun

    One that suppresses, crushes, or conceals.

    Etymology: from suppress.


  1. suppressor

    A silencer, also known as a sound suppressor, suppressor, or sound moderator, is a muzzle device that reduces the acoustic intensity of the muzzle report (sound of a gunshot) and muzzle rise when a gun (firearm or air gun) is discharged, by modulating the speed and pressure of the propellant gas from the muzzle and hence suppressing the muzzle blast. Like other muzzle devices, a silencer can be a detachable accessory mounted to the muzzle, or an integral part of the barrel. A typical silencer is a metallic (usually stainless steel or titanium) cylinder containing internal sound baffles, with a hollow bore to allow the projectile (bullet) to exit normally. During firing, the bullet flies through the bore with little hindrance, but most of the expanding gas ejecta behind it is retained through a longer and convoluted escape path created by the baffles, prolonging the release time. This slows down the gas and dissipates its kinetic energy into a larger surface area, reducing the blast intensity, thus lowering the loudness.Silencers can also reduce the recoil during shooting, but unlike a muzzle brake or a recoil compensator, which reduce recoil by vectoring the muzzle blast sideways, silencers release almost all the gases towards the front. However, the internal baffles significantly prolong the time of the gas release and therefore decrease the rearward thrust generated — as for the same impulse, force is inversely proportional to time. The weight of the silencer itself and the leverage of its mounting location (at the far front end of the barrel) will also help counter muzzle rise. Because the internal baffles will slow and cool the released gas and contain gunpowder that is still burning upon exit from the muzzle, silencers also reduce or even eliminate the muzzle flash. This is different from a flash suppressor, which reduces the amount of flash by dispersing burning gases that are already released outside the muzzle, without necessarily reducing sound or recoil. A flash hider, or muzzle shroud, on the other hand, conceals visible flashes by screening them from the direct line of sight, rather than reducing the intensity of the flash.


  1. suppressor

    A suppressor is a device, gene, or any other element that reduces, nullifies, or hinders the effect, function, or expression of another element. It is commonly known as a silencer in firearms, reducing the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. In genetics, a suppressor is a gene that can override the effect of a mutation in another gene. In the context of medicine, it often refers to something that slows down or stops the progression of a disease or condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suppressornoun

    one who suppresses

  2. Etymology: [L., hider.]


  1. Suppressor

    A suppressor, sound suppressor, or silencer, is a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise, and usually the amount of muzzle flash, generated by firing the weapon. A suppressor can be used both with a firearm and with a compressed air gun. A suppressor is usually a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas and sometimes by reducing the velocity of the bullet. The word silencer in reference to suppressors remains in widespread use, although it has since fallen out of favor with some, being replaced with the more literally accurate term sound suppressor or just suppressor, because a "sound suppressor" does not "silence" any weapon, rather it eliminates muzzle flash and reduces the sonic pressure of a firearm discharging. Common usage and U.S. legislative language favor the historically earlier term, silencer. In U.S. law, the terms firearm muffler and firearm silencer are synonymous. Using a suppressor in long distance shooting can reduce the report at the moment of impact, and create the impression of silence near the target. The noise heard near the muzzle as a projectile leaves the barrel, though subdued, is not silent at all.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppressor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppressor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of suppressor in a Sentence

  1. Matt Angle:

    The Department of Justice has completed the conversion from a vote protector to a vote suppressor.

  2. Alan Rice:

    A person who wishes to buy [a suppressor] needs to go to a Class 3 gun dealer, pick one out, fill out a form with all kinds of personal information, provide [photo ID] and fingerprints, and they have to submit theform with a $200 payment to the ATF, and the ATF will approve or deny sale with no time limit.

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