—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.
Pronunciation: (stī'ful),[key] —n. (in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding anatomically to the human knee. Also called sti'fle joint". See diag. under horse.