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Definitions for muffle
ˈmʌf əlmuf·fle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. muffleverb

    a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

  3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone downverb

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping


  1. mufflenoun

    Anything that mutes or deadens sound.

  2. mufflenoun

    A warm piece of clothing for the hands.

  3. mufflenoun

    A kiln or furnace, often electric, with no direct flames (a muffle furnace)

  4. muffleverb

    To wrap up (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection.

  5. muffleverb

    To wrap up or cover (a source of noise) in order to deaden the sound.

  6. muffleverb

    To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Muffleverb

    Etymology: from moufle, French, a winter glove.

    His muffled feature speaks him a recluse,
    His ruins prove him a religious house. John Cleveland.

    You must be muffled up like ladies. Dryden.

    The face lies muffled up within the garment. Addison.

    Alas that love, whose view is muffled still,
    Should without eyes see pathways to his ill. William Shakespeare.

    We’ve caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffled. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    Our understandings lie grovelling in this lower region, muffled up in mists and darkness. Joseph Glanvill, Scep.

    Loss of sight is the misery of life, and usually the forerunner of death: when the malefactor comes once to be muffled, and the fatal cloth drawn over his eyes, we know that he is not far from his execution. Robert South, Sermons.

    Bright Lucifer
    That night his heav’nly form obscur’d with tears;
    And since he was forbid to leave the skies,
    He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. Dryden.

    One muffled up in the infallibility of his sect, will not enter into debate with a person that will question any of those things which to him are sacred. John Locke.

    This is one of the strongest examples of a personation that ever was: although the king’s manner of shewing things by pieces, and by dark lights, hath so muffled it, that it hath left it almost as a mystery. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    No muffling clouds, nor shades infernal, can
    From his inquiry hide offending man. George Sandys, Paraph.

    The thoughts of kings are like religious groves,
    The walks of muffled gods. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    They were in former ages muffled up in darkness and superstition. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

  2. To Muffleverb

    To speak inwardly; to speak without clear and distinct articulation.

    Etymology: maffelen, moffelen, Dutch.

    The freedom or apertness and vigour of pronouncing, as in the Bocca Romana, and giving somewhat more of aspiration; and the closeness and muffling, and laziness of speaking, render the sound of speech different. William Holder.


  1. muffle

    A muffle furnace or muffle oven (sometimes retort furnace in historical usage) is a furnace in which the subject material is isolated from the fuel and all of the products of combustion, including gases and flying ash. After the development of high-temperature heating elements and widespread electrification in developed countries, new muffle furnaces quickly moved to electric designs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mufflenoun

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

  2. Muffleverb

    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

  3. Muffleverb

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

  4. Muffleverb

    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

  5. Muffleverb

    to speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation

  6. Muffleverb

    anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff

  7. Muffleverb

    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

  8. Muffleverb

    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

  9. Muffleverb

    a pulley block containing several sheaves

  10. Etymology: [F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the resemblance in shape. See Muffle, v. t., Muff.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muffle

    muf′l, n. the thick naked upper lip and nose, as of a ruminant. [Ger.]

  2. Muffle

    muf′l, v.t. to wrap up as with a muff: to blindfold: to cover up so as to render sound dull, as a bell or a drum: to cover from the weather.—n. something used for smothering sound: a boxing-glove: a clay oven, as for firing pottery.—adj. Muff′led, wrapped up closely: dulled or deadened—of sound.—n. Muff′ler, a cover that muffles the face. [Muff.]

  3. Muffle

    muf′l, v.i. to mumble.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. muffle

    To wrap with something that dulls or renders sound inaudible; to deaden the sound of; as, to muffle a drum.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of muffle in a Sentence

  1. Bob Menendez:

    Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only – to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims, the sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer is used.

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