Definitions of stifle

  1. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; " The child suffocated under the pillow"
  2. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; " The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
  3. smother or suppress; " Stifle your curiosity"
  4. joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
  5. conceal or hide; " smother a yawn"; " muffle one's anger"; " strangle a yawn"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
  9. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion.
  10. To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration.
  11. To suffocate or stop the breath of; smother; extinguish or put out; as, to stifle a fire.
  12. To be suffocated.
  13. The first joint above a horse's hock: corresponding to the knee in man.
  14. To stop the breath of by foul air or other means: to suffocate: to extinguish: to suppress the sound of: to destroy.
  15. To suffocate: to perish by suffocation or strangulation. Shak.
  16. To suffocate; suppress; destroy.
  17. To kill by stopping respiration; extinguish, as a flame; suppress.
  18. To die from suffocation.
  19. The joint next the body, in the hind leg of a horse.
  20. The joint of a horse next to the buttock; a disease in the knee- pan of a horse or other animal.
  21. To suffocate; to choke; to stop; to stop the breath temporarily; to extinguish; to deaden; to smother; to suppress.
  22. To stop the breath; to suffocate; to choke; to smother; to suppress; to hinder from spreading, as a report.

Usage examples for stifle

  1. His thoughts were wandering far away, and the passion which we wished to stifle by his ill- luck in play seemed, on the contrary, only to gather strength. – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  2. It is so, just as certain times and conditions can stifle even genius, and the paradox is that both are the same. – A Novelist on Novels by W. L. George
  3. She withdrew her hand, turned away, and for a moment or two her form shook with sobs she could not wholly stifle. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  4. " I'm trying to brighten up my wits," she said, and went on trying to stifle her affections. – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Indeed, Philip Holt talked so constantly and so intimately of Mrs. Curtis that Madge had to stifle a little pang of jealousy. – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  6. The palm of the hand is applied against the abdominal wall, about eight or ten inches in front of the stifle and just below the flank. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  7. " On the hay, I think, though we shall stifle with the heat"; and Patty moved towards the barn. – The Story Of Waitstill Baxter by By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  8. She had to stifle all her feelings of anxiety, help Mrs. Aylmer into her pretty pony carriage, and take the reins. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  9. She must keep them contented, prevent quarrels, and stifle petty jealousies. – Commercialized Prostitution in New York City by George Jackson Kneeland
  10. I hate it all; but if I were in the midst of everything again, it might stifle the pain a little. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  11. One might even stifle human growth if one were to try. – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  12. Yet for all that he believed he hated her and sought to hurt, to humble and to crush her, he could not stifle his admiration of her spirit's gallantry in such an hour as this. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  13. In spite of this very full and stirring life, which would seem to satisfy all his ambitions, he could not manage to stifle the cry of his heart in distress. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand
  14. The society of Jack and Molly and the motor car could make up for many things, but it could not stifle longings for the Little Pal. – The Princess Passes by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  15. At first he seemed only to see the absurdity of the idea, and he buried his face in the pillow, to stifle the merriment which rose to his lips at the thought of the protection such detectives would be likely to afford the innocent Traftonites. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  16. The feeling that threatened to stifle him and frequently interrupted the flow of words was the rapture bestowed upon him by great Aschera, the companion of Baal, of whom the Phoenician traders who supplied the shepherds with many good things had told him such marvels, and whom the stern Miriam forbade him ever to name at home. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  17. Bettina, as startled as if she had seen a ghost in this dim- lighted room, stood equally still behind him, her hand over her parted lips, as if to stifle back the cry that rose. – A Manifest Destiny by Julia Magruder
  18. After striving for a long while to stifle my foolish fears, I took the baby in my arms, and little Dunbar by the hand, and ran up to the bush where Moodie was at work. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie