AskDefine | Define stifle

Dictionary Definition

stifle n : joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee [syn: knee]

Verb

1 conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, strangle, muffle, repress]
2 smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: dampen] [ant: stimulate]
3 impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: suffocate, asphyxiate, choke]
4 be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow" [syn: suffocate, asphyxiate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈstaɪfl/, /"staIfl/

Noun

  1. A hind knee of various mammals, especially horses.

Translations

a hind knee of various mammals, especially horses

Verb

  1. To interrupt or cut off.
  2. To repress, keep in or hold back.
    The army stifled the rebellion.
  3. To smother or suffocate.
    The heat was stifling.
  4. To feel smothered etc.
  5. To die of suffocation.
    Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.

Translations

to interrupt or cut off
to repress, keep in or hold back
to smother or suffocate
to feel smothered
to die of suffocation

Extensive Definition

Stifle can mean:
A stifle is also the name for an animal's knee joint. See stifle joint.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abate, allay, alleviate, asphyxiate, assuage, attemper, bake, bank the fire, bar, barricade, be in heat, black out, blaze, block, block up, blockade, bloom, blow out, blunt, boil, bolt, bottle up, broil, burke, burn, censor, chasten, check, chock, choke, choke off, clamp down on, close, close off, close tight, close up, combust, constipate, constrain, constrict, control, cook, cork, cork up, cover up, crack down on, crowd, crush, curb, damp, damp down, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, debar, demolish, destroy, diminish, dog, douse, downplay, drown, dull, dumbfound, extenuate, extinguish, flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flicker, flush, fry, gag, garrote, gasp, glow, hold back, hold down, hold in, hugger-mugger, hush, hush up, hush-hush, incandesce, inhibit, jam, jump on, keep back, keep down, keep under, keep within bounds, kill, lay, lenify, lessen, lighten, lock, mitigate, moderate, modulate, muffle, mute, muzzle, obstruct, obtund, occlude, out, pack, palliate, pant, parch, play down, pour water on, prevent, put down, put out, put to silence, quash, quell, quench, quiet, quieten, radiate heat, reduce, reduce the temperature, repress, restrain, roast, scald, scorch, seethe, shimmer with heat, shush, shut down on, shut off, shut out, shut tight, silence, simmer, sit down on, sit on, slack, slacken, slow down, smash, smolder, smother, snuff, snuff out, sober, sober down, soft-pedal, soften, spark, squash, squeeze, squeeze shut, squelch, stagnate, stamp out, stanch, steam, stew, still, stop, stop the breath, stop up, strangle, strangulate, strike dumb, stultify, subdue, sublimate, suffocate, suppress, sweat, swelter, tame, temper, throttle, toast, tone down, trammel, trample out, trample underfoot, tune down, underplay, weaken, withhold
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1