What does stifle mean?

Definitions for stifle
ˈstaɪ fəlsti·fle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stifle, knee(verb)

    joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress(verb)

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

  3. stifle, dampen(verb)

    smother or suppress

    "Stifle your curiosity"

  4. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke(verb)

    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

    "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

  5. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate(verb)

    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

    "The child suffocated under the pillow"

Wiktionary

  1. stifle(Noun)

    A hind knee of various mammals, especially horses.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  2. stifle(Noun)

    A bone disease of this region.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  3. stifle(Verb)

    To interrupt or cut off.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  4. stifle(Verb)

    To repress, keep in or hold back.

    The army stifled the rebellion.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  5. stifle(Verb)

    To smother or suffocate.

    The heat was stifling the children.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  6. stifle(Verb)

    To feel smothered etc.

    The heat felt stifling.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  7. stifle(Verb)

    To die of suffocation.

    Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

  8. stifle(Verb)

    To treat a silkworm cocoon with steam as part of the process of silk production.

    Etymology: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stifle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [From Stiff.]

  2. Stifle(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [From Stiff.]

  3. Stifle(verb)

    to stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame

    Etymology: [From Stiff.]

  4. Stifle(verb)

    to suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion

    Etymology: [From Stiff.]

  5. Stifle(verb)

    to die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration

    Etymology: [From Stiff.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stifle

    stī′fl, v.t. to stop the breath of by foul air or other means: to suffocate, smother: to extinguish: to suppress the sound of: to destroy: to suppress, conceal.—v.i. to suffocate.—adj. Stī′fling, close, oppressive. [Scand., Ice. stífla, to choke up; Norw. stivla.]

  2. Stifle

    stī′fl, n. the knee-joint on a horse's hind-leg, a disease of his knee-pan. [Perh. stiff.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Stifle

    In horses, cattle, and other quadrupeds, the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding to the human knee.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stifle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stifle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stifle in a Sentence

  1. Peter Tuz:

    The fear is that price controls stifle innovation. It hasn't happened yet, they'll have to sharpen their pencils and recalculate what their outlook is for new drugs and whether they're worth still developing.

  2. Flannery O'Connor:

    Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

  3. Patrick Gathara:

    This is a government that is looking to stifle dissent, they're saying that Kenyans need to accept a limitation on their civil rights in order to have an effective fight against terrorism. But they haven't defined how our rights are impeding the war on terror.

  4. Takahide Kiuchi:

    The BOJ probably won't want to do anything that would stifle private-sector innovation. The best way could be to issue a hybrid-type digital currency that is operated and issued by private firms, with the central bank's involvement.

  5. Greenpeace France director Jean-François Julliard:

    We have the feeling that (the government) wants to stifle criticism from the militants, but they are going about it in the worst possible way, this is repression.

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Translations for stifle

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  • خنقArabic
  • udusit, udusit se, potlačit, dusitCzech
  • ersticken, unterbrechen, unterdrücken, erdrückenGerman
  • sofocar, reprimirSpanish
  • takapolvi, katkaista, tukahtua, keskeyttää, tukehtua, tukahduttaa, vaimentaa, tukehduttaa, polviFinnish
  • couper, réprimer, interrompreFrench
  • elfojt, megfulladHungarian
  • grassella, asfissiare, reprimere, tagliare, trattenere, celare, affogare, soffocare, interrompere, boccheggiare, ricoprireItalian
  • 窒息, もみ消す, 抑圧, 遮る, 静める, 噛み殺す, 消す, 抑えるJapanese
  • បង្អាក់, រារាំងKhmer
  • nanati, nati, whakakōmauMāori
  • onderdrukken, stikken, onderbreken, afbrekenDutch
  • задыхаться, душить, задохнуться, прерывать, задушить, подавлять, подавить, прерватьRussian
  • tutmak, boğulmak, bastırmakTurkish
  • chết ngộpVietnamese

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