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 for stifle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stifle \Sti"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stifled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stifling.] [Freq. of OE. stif stiff; cf. Icel. st[imac]fla
     to dam up.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies.
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              I took my leave, being half stifled with the
              closeness of the room.                --Swift.
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     2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to
        stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
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              Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which
              they do not reflect or transmit.      --Sir I.
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     3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to
        conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to
        stifle passion.
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              I desire only to have things fairly represented as
              they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stifle \Sti"fle\, n. [From Stiff.] (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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Stifle bone, a small bone at the stifle joint; the patella,
        or kneepan.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stifle \Sti"fle\, v. i.
     To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because
     some noxious substance prevents respiration.
     [1913 Webster]
           You shall stifle in your own report.     --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped;
           corresponds to the human knee [syn: stifle, knee]
      v 1: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger";
           "strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, stifle, strangle,
           muffle, repress]
      2: smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: stifle,
         dampen] [ant: excite, stimulate]
      3: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of;
         "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn:
         suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke]
      4: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child
         suffocated under the pillow" [syn: suffocate, stifle,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  190 Moby Thesaurus words for "stifle":
     abate, allay, alleviate, asphyxiate, assuage, attemper, bake,
     bank the fire, bar, barricade, be in heat, black out, blaze, block,
     block up, blockade, bloom, blow out, blunt, boil, bolt, bottle up,
     broil, burke, burn, censor, chasten, check, chock, choke,
     choke off, clamp down on, close, close off, close tight, close up,
     combust, constipate, constrain, constrict, control, cook, cork,
     cork up, cover up, crack down on, crowd, crush, curb, damp,
     damp down, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, debar, demolish, destroy,
     diminish, dog, douse, downplay, drown, dull, dumbfound, extenuate,
     extinguish, flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flicker, flush, fry,
     gag, garrote, gasp, glow, hold back, hold down, hold in,
     hugger-mugger, hush, hush up, hush-hush, incandesce, inhibit, jam,
     jump on, keep back, keep down, keep under, keep within bounds,
     kill, lay, lenify, lessen, lighten, lock, mitigate, moderate,
     modulate, muffle, mute, muzzle, obstruct, obtund, occlude, out,
     pack, palliate, pant, parch, play down, pour water on, prevent,
     put down, put out, put to silence, quash, quell, quench, quiet,
     quieten, radiate heat, reduce, reduce the temperature, repress,
     restrain, roast, scald, scorch, seethe, shimmer with heat, shush,
     shut down on, shut off, shut out, shut tight, silence, simmer,
     sit down on, sit on, slack, slacken, slow down, smash, smolder,
     smother, snuff, snuff out, sober, sober down, soft-pedal, soften,
     spark, squash, squeeze, squeeze shut, squelch, stagnate, stamp out,
     stanch, steam, stew, still, stop, stop the breath, stop up,
     strangle, strangulate, strike dumb, stultify, subdue, sublimate,
     suffocate, suppress, sweat, swelter, tame, temper, throttle, toast,
     tone down, trammel, trample out, trample underfoot, tune down,
     underplay, weaken, withhold

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