I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse or dog) corresponding to the human knee — see horse illustration II. verb (stifled; stifling) Etymology: alteration of Middle English stuflen Date: 1513 transitive verb 1. a. to kill by depriving of oxygen ; suffocate b. (1) smother (2) muffle 2. a. to cut off (as the voice or breath) b. to withhold from circulation or expression ; repress <
stifled our anger
c. deter, discourage intransitive verb to become suffocated by or as if by lack of oxygen ; smother <
stifling in the heat
stifler nounstiflingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Stifle — 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}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Stifle — Sti fle, v. i. To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration. [1913 Webster] You shall stifle in your own report. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • stifle — *suffocate, asphyxiate, smother, choke, strangle, throttle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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