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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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    • Midday Update: Stocks Grind Higher But Gains Stifled by Heavy Earnings Calendar
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    • Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: Resolute Blues hang on despite Cech & Terry injury blows
      The goalkeeper and defender were forced off through injury and are now doubts for Sunday's clash with Liverpool, as the visitors stifled the Liga leader at the Vicente Calderon. Read more on this news related to 'Stifled'
    • Volquez impresses in pitchers' duel, but Bucs fall short
      The Pirates were stifled by the Reds' Johnny Cueto, who painted a three-hitter to lead the Reds to a 4-1 win on Tuesday night, with Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the ninth saving Pittsburgh from a shutout. Read more on this news related to 'Stifled'

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