Noun(1) joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
Verb(1) suppress in order to conceal or hide(2) suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity(3) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of(4) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
(1) Victor heard her stifle a cry as he held a small mirror for her.(2) And, well, I simply couldn't stifle my giggles.(3) Taxes stifle enterprise only if they increase with enterprise.(4) This will simply stifle business activity and unjustifiably obstruct the free movement of people within the EU.(5) We reject them because they will put still more power to politicians and bureaucrats, because they stifle economic development rather than fostering it.(6) He almost choked on his meat but managed to stifle his sudden reaction to her statement with a hastily gulp of water.(7) Usually small spots on the hip or back indicate white factor; some breeders believe that any white extended up the hind leg into the stifle suggests that white factor is present.(8) The bureaucracy, hidden taxes and social-security payments burdening German employers are so onerous, they stifle new enterprise.(9) But there is a danger that these new regulations will stifle innovation, by forcing everybody to comply with blanket standards of accessibility.(10) It is here that two men stand - the boy recognizes one of them instantly, and has to stifle a surprised cry.(11) I stop trying to stifle it when I realize that about half the people in the audience are chuckling.(12) I stifle a barely-controlled giggle and pray for our stop.(13) Gabrielle winced as she saw her Mom stifle a cry.(14) I tried as much as possible, but I couldn't stifle the giggles that escaped after that.(15) He began to speak, but had to stop again to stifle a giggle.(16) Pundits and fans couldn't stifle their laughter.
1. suffocate ::
2. suppress ::
3. constrain ::
4. asphyxiate ::
5. dampen ::
6. smother ::
7. knee ::
stifle, stifled, stifles, stifling, stiflings
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