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Meaning of BAFFLE

Pronunciation:  'baful

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

BAFFLE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
  2. \Baf"fle\, v. i.
    1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] --Barrow.
    2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the
       winds. [R.]
  3. \Baf"fle\, n.
    A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.]
    ``A baffle to philosophy.'' --South.
  4. \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.]
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A pier, vane, sill, fence, wall, or mound built on the bed of a stream to parry, deflect, check, or disturb the flow or to float on the surface to deflect or dampen cross currents or waves.
Thesaurus Terms
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