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sti•fle



Pronunciation: (stī'ful), [key]
v., -fled, -fling.


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.

sti•fle



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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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