NounStifle (plural Stifles)
- A hind knee of various mammals, especially horses.
- (veterinary medicine) A bone disease of this region.
- (transitive) To interrupt or cut off.
- (transitive) To repress, keep in or hold back.
- The army stifled the rebellion.
- (transitive) To smother or suffocate.
- The heat was stifling the children.
- (intransitive) To feel smothered etc.
- The heat felt stifling.
- (intransitive) To die of suffocation.
- Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.
- See also Thesaurus:die
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From Middle English stiflen, from Old Norse stífla (“to dam, choke, stop up”), from stífla (“dam”), from Proto-Germanic *stīfilaz, *stīfilan (“prop, pole, support”), from Proto-Indo-European *steip-, *steib- (“stake, picket”). Cognate with Icelandic stífla (“to dam up, jam, block”), Norwegian stivla (“to dam up, choke, stop”), Low German stipel (“support wood”), Eastern Frisian stīpe (“stake, support”).
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