Pronunciation: (kwel), [key]
1. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
2. to vanquish; subdue.
3. to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.): The child's mother quelled his fears of the thunder.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.