What does baffle mean?

Definitions for baffle
ˈbæf əlbaf·fle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word baffle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baffle, baffle boardverb

    a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. baffle, regulateverb

    check the emission of (sound)

Wiktionary

  1. bafflenoun

    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.

  2. bafflenoun

    An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable

  3. baffleverb

    Totally bewilder; confuse or perplex.

    I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baffleverb

    to cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight

  2. Baffleverb

    to check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil

  3. Baffleverb

    to check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart

  4. Baffleverb

    to practice deceit

  5. Baffleverb

    to struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds

  6. Bafflenoun

    a defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture

Freebase

  1. Baffle

    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

  1. Baffle

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of baffle in a Sentence

  1. Del Rio:

    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.

  2. New York:

    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.

  3. William Feather:

    Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.

  4. Del Rio:

    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.

  5. Ahmed Korayem:

    It never ceases to baffle me at how one's more willing to accept the unacceptable as long as it can be rationalized

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Translations for baffle

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  • صدArabic
  • обърквам, разстройвамBulgarian
  • verblüffen, verdutzen, UmlenkblechGerman
  • μπερδεύω, σαστίζωGreek
  • confundir, desconcertarSpanish
  • سوپاپPersian
  • olla [[sekaisin]], vaimennin, hämmentää, [[olla]] [[ymmällään]], olla [[ihmeissään]], hämätäFinnish
  • déconcerter, dérouter, déflecteurFrench
  • surprizegarIdo
  • sconcertareItalian
  • 間誤付くJapanese
  • schotDutch
  • forvirre, skvalpeskottNorwegian
  • wprawiać w zakłopotaniePolish
  • desconcertarPortuguese
  • сбить с толку, озадачивать, озадачить, сбивать с толку, дефлектор, перегородкаRussian
  • förbrylla, gäcka, förvirraSwedish

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