Definitions for: Baffle


[n] a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
[v] be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"
[v] check the emission of (sound)
[v] hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"



Webster (1913) Definition: Baf"fle (b[a^]f"f'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baffled
(-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Baffling (-fl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch
tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[=a]gr uneasy, poor, or
b[=a]gr, n., struggle, b[ae]gja to push, treat harshly, OF.
beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. G. b["a]ppe mouth,
beffen to bark, chide.]
1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a
recreant knight. [Obs.]

He by the heels him hung upon a tree, And baffled
so, that all which passed by The picture of his
punishment might see. --Spenser.

2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.

The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim.
--Cowper.

3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or
defeat; to thwart. ``A baffled purpose.'' --De Quincey.

A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them
all. --South.

Calculations so difficult as to have baffled, until
within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened
nations. --Prescott.

The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle
us. --Locke.

Baffling wind (Naut.), one that frequently shifts from one
point to another.

Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.


Baf"fle, v. i.
1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] --Barrow.

2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the
winds. [R.]


Baf"fle, n.
A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.]
``A baffle to philosophy.'' --South.


Baf"fle, n.
1. (Engin.)
(a) A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a
furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and
deflect them against the substance to be heated.
(b) A grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying
water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered
more uniform in different parts of the cross section
of the stream; -- used in measuring the rate of flow,
as by means of a weir.

2. (Coal Mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of
a winding engine. [Local, U. S.]

Synonyms: amaze, baffle board, beat, bewilder, bilk, cross, dumbfound, flummox, foil, frustrate, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, queer, regulate, scotch, spoil, stupefy, thwart, vex

See Also: bedevil, befuddle, bound, confine, confound, confuse, dash, diffuser, diffusor, disappoint, discombobulate, double cross, elude, escape, figure out, forbid, foreclose, forestall, fox, fuddle, let down, lick, limit, mix up, plate, preclude, prevent, puzzle out, puzzle over, restrain, restrict, riddle, ruin, short-circuit, solve, stagger, stump, throttle, throw, trammel, work, work out

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