to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt;to stifle free expression.
to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn.
to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
to become stifled or suffocated.
- sti·fler, noun
Other definitions for stifle (2 of 2)
(in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding anatomically to the human knee.
- Also called stifle joint .
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How to use stifle in a sentence
Throughout his career, Davis has frustrated opponents by stifling their offense just as well as he provides his own.Anthony Davis Was Key For The Lakers’ Title Run. He’s Also The Key To Their Future. | James L. Jackson | October 14, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
I know wearing a mask for hours can feel stifling, but if surgeons can do it in the operating room, so can we.To retain customers, businesses need to make them feel as safe as possible. Here’s how | jakemeth | October 2, 2020 | Fortune
This stifled the efforts of those advocating for safe and quality care.Insights Into How The US Abortion Gag Rule Affects Health Services In Kenya | LGBTQ-Editor | October 2, 2020 | No Straight News
They say that tech companies have become too powerful, used people’s private information for profit, and stifled innovation by squashing their competition.
The country’s best football conference became known for stifling defense, elite NFL prospects and national championships.Is The SEC Ready For The Air Raid? Mike Leach Sure Thinks So. | Jake Lourim | September 30, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The last I witnessed was, as Dick Swiveller remarks, a 'stifler.'The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales | Francis A. Durivage
Ridicule is the stifler of all energy amongst those she controls.Godolphin, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for stifle (1 of 2)
(tr) to smother or suppress: stifle a cough
to feel or cause to feel discomfort and difficulty in breathing
to prevent or be prevented from breathing so as to cause death
(tr) to crush or stamp out
- stifler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for stifle (2 of 2)
the joint in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc, between the femur and tibia
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