|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To stop the breath of by smothering; to choke; to suffocate; to cause the death of by such means; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust.
2. (n.) The joint next above the hock, and near the flank, in the hind leg of the horse and allied animals; the joint corresponding to the knee in man; -- called also stifle joint.
3. (v. t.) To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
4. (v. t.) To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion.
5. (v. i.) To die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration.
Stifle (5 Occurrences)
Matthew 13:7 Some falls among the thorns; but the thorns spring up and stifle it. (WEY)
Matthew 13:22 He who has received the seed among the thorns is the man who hears the Message, but the cares of the present age and the delusions of riches quite stifle the Message, and it becomes unfruitful. (WEY)
Mark 4:7 Some, again, falls among the thorns; and the thorns spring up and stifle it, so that it yields no crop. (WEY)
Mark 4:19 but worldly cares and the deceitfulness of wealth and the excessive pursuit of other objects come in and stifle the Message, and it becomes unfruitful. (WEY)
Luke 8:7 Another part falls among the thorns, and the thorns grow up with it and stifle it. (WEY)