[syn: sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous]
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.
Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies.
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.
3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to
conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to
I desire only to have things fairly represented as
they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 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,
n 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
47 Moby Thesaurus words for "stifling":
airless, breathless, breezeless, choking, close, constrictive,
contrary, counterproductive, crosswise, extinguishment, hindering,
hindersome, humid, ill-ventilated, in the way, inhibiting,
inhibitive, interrupting, interruptive, muggy, obstructing,
obstructive, obstruent, occlusive, oppressive, overpowering,
quashing, quenching, repressive, restrictive, smothering, smudgy,
squashing, squelching, sticky, strangling, stuffy, suffocating,
sultry, suppression, suppressive, troublesome, unbearable,
unendurable, unvented, unventilated, windless