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noun (n)

  • joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee (noun.animal)
    Synonym: knee
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • conceal or hide (
    source: wordnet30
  • smother or suppress (verb.change)
    Synonym: dampen
    Antonym: excite, stimulate
    Stifle your curiosity.
    source: wordnet30
  • impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of (
    source: wordnet30
  • be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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