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Meaning of STIFLE

Pronunciation:  'stIful

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
  2. [v]  smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
  3. [v]  conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
 

STIFLE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: dampen, knee, muffle, repress, smother, strangle
 
 Antonyms: excite, stimulate
 
 See Also: articulatio, articulation, choke, conquer, conquer, curb, curb, hind leg, inhibit, inhibit, joint, stamp down, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suffocate, suppress, suppress

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sti"fle\, n. [From {Stiff}.] (Far.)
    The joint next above the hock, and near the flank, in the
    hind leg of the horse and allied animals; the joint
    corresponding to the knee in man; -- called also {stifle
    joint}. See Illust. under {Horse}.
    
    {Stifle bone}, a small bone at the stifle joint; the patella,
       or kneepan.
    
    
  2. \Sti"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stifled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Stifling}.] [Freq. of OE. stif stiff; cf. Icel. st[=i]fla to
    dam up.]
    1. To stop the breath of by crowding something into the
       windpipe, or introducing an irrespirable substance into
       the lungs; to choke; to suffocate; to cause the death of
       by such means; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust.
    
             Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
             I took my leave, being half stifled with the
             closeness of the room.                --Swift.
    
    2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to
       stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
    
             Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which
             they do not reflect or transmit.      --Sir I.
                                                   Newton.
    
    3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to
       conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to
       stifle passion.
    
             I desire only to have things fairly represented as
             they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled.
                                                   --Waterland.
    
    
  3. \Sti"fle\, v. i.
    To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because
    some noxious substance prevents respiration.
    
          You shall stifle in your own report.     --Shak.
    
    
 

 

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