muffle

  • 1 Muffle — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Muffle — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) An earthenware… …

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  • 3 Muffle — Muf fle (m[u^]f f l), n. The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; used esp. of ruminants. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Muffle — Muf fle, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.] To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 muffle — index cloak, disguise, repress, shroud, stifle, subdue, suppress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 muffle — [v] suppress, make quiet conceal, cover, cushion, dampen, deaden, decrease, drown, dull, envelop, gag, hide, hush, mellow, mute, muzzle, put the lid on*, quieten, shut down, silence, sit down on*, smother, soften, softpedal*, squelch, stifle,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 muffle — ► VERB 1) wrap or cover for warmth. 2) make (a sound) quieter or less distinct by covering its source. ORIGIN from Old French moufle thick glove …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 muffle — [muf′əl] vt. muffled, muffling [ME muflen, prob. akin to OFr enmouflé, muffled < moufle, a mitten: see MUFF] 1. to wrap up in a shawl, blanket, cloak, etc. so as to hide, keep warm, or protect 2. Now Rare to keep (a person) from seeing or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 muffle — {{11}}muffle (n.) thing that muffles, 1560s, from MUFFLE (Cf. muffle) (v.). {{12}}muffle (v.) early 15c., to cover or wrap (something) to conceal or protect, perhaps from M.Fr. mofler to stuff, from O.Fr. moufle thick glove, muff (Cf. O.Fr.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 muffle — /ˈmʌfəl / (say mufuhl) verb (t) (muffled, muffling) 1. Also, muffle up. to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, scarf, or the like disposed about the person, especially about the face and neck. 2. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound:… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 muffle — muffle1 /muf euhl/, v., muffled, muffling, n. v.t. 1. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums. 2. to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means. 3. to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or… …

    Universalium

  • 12 muffle — UK [ˈmʌf(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms muffle : present tense I/you/we/they muffle he/she/it muffles present participle muffling past tense muffled past participle muffled 1) to make a sound quieter and less easy to hear The trees muffle …

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  • 13 Muffle — A muffle furnace is (usually) a front loading box type oven or kiln for high temperature applications such as fusing glass, creating enamel coatings and ceramics. They are also used in many research facilities, for example by chemists in order to …

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  • 14 muffle — I muf•fle [[t]ˈmʌf əl[/t]] v. fled, fling n. 1) to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums[/ex] 2) to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means 3) to wrap or envelop in a shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or protect… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 muffle — transitive verb (muffled; muffling) Etymology: Middle English muflen Date: 15th century 1. to wrap up so as to conceal or protect ; envelop 2. obsolete blindfold 3. a. to wrap or pad with something to dull the sound …

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  • 16 muffle — verb Muffle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cry, ↑laughter, ↑scream, ↑sob …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 muffle — Synonyms and related words: acoustic tile, antiknock, antlia, apply to, baffle, baffler, beak, beezer, bill, black out, blanket, block, bugle, bundle up, canopy, censor, choke, choke off, cloak, clothe, cloud, conceal, conk, cope, cover, cover up …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 muffle — muf|fle [ˈmʌfəl] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from Old French moufle glove , from Medieval Latin moffula; MUFF1] 1.) to make a sound less loud and clear, especially by covering something ▪ The falling snow muffled the sound of our… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 muffle — muf|fle [ mʌfl ] verb transitive 1. ) to make a sound quieter and less easy to hear: The trees muffle the sound of the traffic. 2. ) to wrap someone or something in thick clothing, cloth, etc. so that they are warm: They were both muffled in… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 muffle — [[t]mʌ̱f(ə)l[/t]] muffles, muffling, muffled VERB If something muffles a sound, it makes it quieter and more difficult to hear. [V n] Blake held his handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice... [V ed] She heard a muffled cough behind… …

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