Definitions for: Muffle


[n] a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature
[v] conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
[v] deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping



Webster (1913) Definition: Muf"fle (m[u^]f"f'l), n.
The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp.
of ruminants.


Muf"fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muffled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Muffling.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel
a muff. See Muff.]
1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to
wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds;
hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to
inclose; -- often with up. --South.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.
--Addison.

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden.

Muffled up in darkness and superstition.
--Arbuthnot.

2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound
about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.

3. To wrap with something that dulls or deadens the sound of;
as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an
oar which rests in the rowlock.


Muf"fle, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.]
To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.


Muf"fle, n. [F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the
resemblance in shape. See Muffle, v. t., Muff.]
1. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is
muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.

2. (Metal.) An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped
like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects
heated from the direct action of the fire, as in
scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.

3. (Ceramics) A small oven for baking and fixing the colors
of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the
pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.

4. A pulley block containing several sheaves. --Knight.

Synonyms: damp, dampen, dull, mute, repress, smother, stifle, strangle, tone down

See Also: conquer, curb, inhibit, kiln, soften, stamp down, subdue, suppress

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