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stifle

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noun sti·fle \ˈstī-fəl\

Definition of stifle

  1. :  the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse or dog) corresponding to the human knee — see horse illustration



Origin and Etymology of stifle

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century


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stifle

verb sti·fle

Simple Definition of stifle

  • : to not allow yourself to do or express (something)

  • : to stop (someone) from doing or expressing something

  • : to make (something) difficult or impossible

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stifle

stifled

stifling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to kill by depriving of oxygen :  suffocateb (1) :  smother (2) :  muffle

  3. 2a :  to cut off (as the voice or breath)b :  to withhold from circulation or expression <stifled our anger>c :  deter, discourage

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be or become unable to breathe easily <stifling in the heat>

stifler

play \-f(ə-)lər\ noun

stiflingly

play \-f(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of stifle in a sentence

  1. trying to stifle a cry

  2. I had to stifle the desire to yell Stop!.

  3. Students at the school are stifled by the pressure to score high on tests.

  4. Too many regulations stifle innovation.

  5. something that stifles the growth of the plant

  6. I wish we could go outside instead of stifling in this tiny room.

  7. He was almost stifled by the smoke.



Origin and Etymology of stifle

alteration of Middle English stuflen


First Known Use: 1513



STIFLE Defined for Kids

stifle

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verb sti·fle \ˈstī-fəl\

Definition of stifle for Students

stifled

stifling

  1. 1 :  to cause or have difficulty in breathing <The room was hot and stifling.>

  2. 2 :  to keep in check by effort <I had to stifle a laugh.>




Medical Dictionary

stifle

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noun sti·fle \ˈstī-fəl\

Medical Definition of stifle

  1. :  the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse) corresponding to the knee in humans



Illustration of stifle



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