Stifle

Definition of Stifle

Sti´fle
n.1.(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.
Stifle bone
a small bone at the stifle joint; the patella, or kneepan.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stifled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stifling .]
Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies.
- Dryden.
I took my leave, being half stifled with the closeness of the room.
- Swift.
2.To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which they do not reflect or transmit.
- Sir I. Newton.
3.To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion.
I desire only to have things fairly represented as they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled.
- Waterland.
v. i.1.To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration.
You shall stifle in your own report.
- Shak.

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