- To put an end to (a rebellion or other disturbance).
- To suppress or crush (a feeling or emotion).
- To silence or pacify (someone).
From middle english quellen, from old english cwellan, from proto-germanic *kwellaną, from proto-indo-european *gweld- ("to strike, kill").
- The police quelled the riots.
- The army was sent in to quell the rebellion.
- The government quelled the public protest with force.
- She quelled her fear and went on stage.
- He quelled the crowd with a stern warning.