sti·fle /ˈstaɪfəl/ 名詞
Sti·fle n. Far. 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.
Stifle bone, a small bone at the stifle joint; the patella, or kneepan.
Sti·fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stifled p. pr. & vb. n. Stifling ]
1. 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.
Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies. --Dryden.
I took my leave, being half stifled with the closeness of the room. --Swift.
2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which they do not reflect or transmit. --Sir I. Newton.
3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion.
I desire only to have things fairly represented as they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled. --Waterland.
Sti·fle v. i. To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration.
You shall stifle in your own report. --Shak.
n : joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped;
corresponds to the human knee [syn: knee]
v 1: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger";
"strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, strangle, muffle,
2: smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: dampen]
3: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of;
"The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: suffocate,
4: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child
suffocated under the pillow" [syn: suffocate, asphyxiate]