Webster 1913 Edition
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
a small bone at the stifle joint; the patella, or kneepan.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[Freq. of OE.
stifstiff; cf. Icel.
stīflato dam up.]
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;
stifleone with smoke or dust
Stifledwith kisses, a sweet death he dies.
I took my leave, being half
stifledwith the closeness of the room.
To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench;
stiflethe breath; to
stiflea fire or flame
Bodies . . .
stiflein themselves the rays which they do not reflect or transmit.
Sir I. Newton.
To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge;
stiflea story; to
I desire only to have things fairly represented as they really are; no evidence smothered or
To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration.
stiflein your own report.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To suffocate; to stop the breath or action of the lungs by crowding something into the windpipe, or by infusing a substance into the lungs, or by other means; to choke; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust.
2.To stop; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle respiration.
3.To oppress; to stop the breath temporarily; as, to stifle one with kisses; to be stifled in a close room or with bad air.
4.To extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle flame; to stifle a fire by smoke or by ashes.
5.To suppress; to hinder from transpiring or spreading; as, to stifle a report.
6.To extinguish; to check or restrain and destroy; to suppress; as, to stifle a civil war in its birth.
7.To suppress or repress; to conceal; to withhold from escaping or manifestation; as, to stifle passion; to stifle grief; to stifle resentment.
8.To suppress; to destroy; as, to stifle convictions.
1.The joint of a horse next to the buttock, and corresponding to the knee in man; called also the stifle joint.
2.A disease in the knee-pan of a horse or other animal.