stifling

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stifle \Sti"fle\, verb (used with an object) [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.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stifling

adjective

1: characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm" [syn: {sultry}, {stifling}, {sulfurous}, {sulphurous}]

noun

1: forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn: {suppression}, {crushing}, {quelling}, {stifling}]


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