Muf"fle (?), n.

The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.


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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.]


To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguishing folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up.


The face lies muffled up within the garment. Addison.

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. Dryden.

Muffled up in darkness and superstition. Arbuthnot.


To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.


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.


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Muf"fle, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.]

To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.


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Muf"fle, n. [F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the resemblance in shape. See Muffle, v. t., Muff.]


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.


A pulley block containing several sheaves.



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