Stifling
Stifle 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. [1913 Webster]

Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I took my leave, being half stifled with the closeness of the room. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame. [1913 Webster]

Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which they do not reflect or transmit. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion. [1913 Webster]

I desire only to have things fairly represented as they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled. --Waterland. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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