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     n : joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped;
         corresponds to the human knee [syn: {knee}]
     v 1: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger";
          "strangle a yawn" [syn: {smother}, {strangle}, {muffle},
     2: smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: {dampen}]
        [ant: {stimulate}]
     3: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of;
        "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: {suffocate},
         {asphyxiate}, {choke}]
     4: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child
        suffocated under the pillow" [syn: {suffocate}, {asphyxiate}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0

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