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Stifled Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    stifled adj : held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter" [syn: smothered, strangled, suppressed]
Stifled Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stifled \Sti"fled\, a. Stifling. The close and stifled study. --Hawthorne.
Stifled Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stifle \Sti"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stifled; p. pr. & vb. n. Stifling.] [Freq. of OE. stif stiff; cf. Icel. st[=i]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. 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.
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    * I would rather be ashes than dust I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. - Jack London


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    • Keeper to the fore as dribbles stifled
      The expected dazzling work by the best dribblers in the business was stifled as Sergio Romero emerged as an unexpected Argentinian hero in their semi-final victory against Holland in the World Cup Finals. I was waiting for a mouth-watering duel between Messi and Robben, with sparks of brilliance thrown in by Robin van Percie and Gonzalo Higuain but it was like ‘ Read more on this news related to 'Stifled'
    • Samardzija lives up to expectations in debut
      Newcomer Jeff Samardzija stifled the Blue Jays as the A's won, 4-2, on Sunday at the Coliseum to complete a four-game series sweep. Read more on this news related to 'Stifled'
    • The Global Monetary Policy Facade Cracks
      Across the pond, the Eurozone has been dealing with the potential for stifled future expectations in housing markets as talk of rate hikes heats up. The economy appears to be losing steam according to ... Read more on this news related to 'Stifled'

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