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baffle, baffle boardverb
a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb
be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
check the emission of (sound)
A device used to restrain or regulate, e.g. sound, light, gas, or a fluid.
Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the fluids in them from sloshing around inside.
An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable
Totally bewilder; confuse or perplex.
I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
It is the skill of the disputant that keeps off a baffle. South.
The authors having missed of their aims, are fain to retreat with frustration and a baffle. South.
Etymology: beffler, Fr.
They made a shift to think themselves guiltless, in spite of all their sins; to break the precept, and at the same time to baffle the curse. South.
He hath deserved to have the grace withdrawn, which he hath so long baffled and defied. Francis Atterbury.
He brings to Turnus’ aid his baffled host. John Dryden, Æneid.
When the mind has brought itself to close thinking, it may go on roundly. Every abstruse problem, every intricate question will not baffle, discourage, or break it. John Locke.
A foreign potentate trembles at a war with the English nation, ready to employ against him such revenues as shall baffle his designs upon their country. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 20.
to cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight
to check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil
to check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart
to practice deceit
to struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds
a defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture
A baffle is a tunnel or wall artificially constructed within the heart or great vessels for the purpose of redirecting blood flow in cases of congenital heart defects.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
baf′fl, v.t. to check or make ineffectual: (obs.) to cheat, hoodwink, bewilder, bring to nought: (obs.) to disgrace publicly.—ns. Baf′fle (obs.), confusion, check; Baf′fler, a bewilderer, confounder.—To baffle out of (obs.), to juggle out of anything. [Prob. Scotch and connected with bauchle; but cf. Fr. beffler, from O. Fr. befe, mockery. Paul Meyer suggests a derivation from Prov. baf, interj. of disdain.]
The numerical value of baffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of baffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of baffle in a Sentence
He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current... Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on toward ultimate success.
I mean, the evidence that I'm aware of as of today is that close to 40 % of the cases of the infections are asymptomatic and asymptomatic people transmit the infection, so, not testing -- I mean, if you have been in contact with somebody for a few minutes, that's okay. But if you have been in contact for 50 minutes and that people doesn't have a mask, I think you need to be tested regardless if you have symptoms or not. We know especially young people going into the house and then transmit inside the household. So, the guidelines baffle me and I really don't understand them.
So, not testing -- I mean, if you have been in contact with somebody for a few minutes, that's okay. But if you have been in contact for 50 minutes and that people doesn't have a mask, I think you need to be tested regardless if you have symptoms or not. We know especially young people going into White House and then transmit inside the household. So, the guidelines baffle me and I really don't understand them. the only plausible rationale is they want fewer people taking tests because, as the president has said, if we don't take tests Del Rio won't know that people are Covid positive and the number of Covid positive people will come down.
I mean, the evidence that I'm aware of as of today is that close to 40 % of the cases of the infections are asymptomatic and asymptomatic people transmit the infection, so, not testing -- I mean, if you have been in contact with somebody for a few minutes, that's okay. But if you have been in contact for 50 minutes and that people doesn't have a mask, I think you need to be tested regardless if you have symptoms or not. We know especially young people going into White House and then transmit inside the household. So, the guidelines baffle me and I really don't understand them.
If you can't baffle them with bullshit, then bullshit them with brilliance
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- обърквам, разстройвамBulgarian
- Umlenkblech, verblüffen, verdutzenGerman
- μπερδεύω, σαστίζωGreek
- confundir, desconcertarSpanish
- vaimennin, olla [[ihmeissään]], hämätä, [[olla]] [[ymmällään]], hämmentää, olla [[sekaisin]]Finnish
- dérouter, déconcerter, déflecteurFrench
- skvalpeskott, forvirreNorwegian
- wprawiać w zakłopotaniePolish
- сбивать с толку, озадачить, дефлектор, озадачивать, перегородка, сбить с толкуRussian
- gäcka, förvirra, förbryllaSwedish
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