Meaning of stifle

sti•fle

Pronunciation: (stī'ful), [key]
— v., -fled, -fling.
—v.t.
  1. to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
  2. to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn.
  3. to kill by impeding respiration; smother.
—v.i.
  1. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
  2. to become stifled or suffocated.

sti•fle

Pronunciation: (stī'ful), [key]
— n.
  1. (in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding anatomically to the human knee. Also calledSee diag. under
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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