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Meaning of MUFFLE

Pronunciation:  'muful

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

MUFFLE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: damp, dampen, dull, mute, repress, smother, stifle, strangle, tone down
 See Also: conquer, curb, inhibit, kiln, soften, stamp down, subdue, suppress



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Muf"fle\ (m[u^]f"f'l), n.
    The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp.
    of ruminants.
  2. \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.
             He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden.
             Muffled up in darkness and superstition.
    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.
  3. \Muf"fle\, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.]
    To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
  4. \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.
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