Definitions for: Muzzle


[n] forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
[n] restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
[n] the open circular discharging end of a gun
[v] prevent from speaking
[v] fit with a muzzle, as of a dog to prevent it from biting



Webster (1913) Definition: Muz"zle, n. [OE. mosel, OF. musel, F. museau muzzle or
snout, LL. musellus, fr. musus, morsus. See Muse, v. i.,
and cf. Morsel.]
1. The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a
horse; a snout.

2. The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge;
as, the muzzle of a gun.

3. A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth
of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.

With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound
--Dryden.

Muzzle sight. (Gun.) See Dispart, n., 2.


Muz"zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muzzled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Muzzling.] [F. museler.]
1. To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to
prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to
sheathe; to restrain from speech or action. ``My dagger
muzzled.'' --Shak.

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out
the corn. --Deut. xxv.
4.

2. To fondle with the closed mouth. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.


Muz"zle, v. i.
To bring the mouth or muzzle near.

The bear muzzles and smels to him. --L'Estrange.

Synonyms: gag, gag, gun muzzle

See Also: caput, constraint, equip, face, fit, fit out, gun, gunpoint, head, hush, hush up, neb, opening, outfit, point, quieten, restraint, shut up, silence, snout, still

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