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

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.

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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