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Meaning of STIFLE

Pronunciation:  'stIful

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
             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.
    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.
  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.