What does muzzle mean?

Definitions for muzzle
ˈmʌz əlmuz·zle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gun muzzle, muzzlenoun

    the open circular discharging end of a gun

  2. muzzlenoun

    forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose

  3. muzzlenoun

    a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting

  4. gag, muzzleverb

    restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

  5. muzzleverb

    fit with a muzzle

    "muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers"

  6. gag, muzzleverb

    prevent from speaking out

    "The press was gagged"

  7. gag, muzzleverb

    tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them

    "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"


  1. muzzlenoun

    the protruding part of many animal's head which includes nose, mouth and jaws; snout

  2. muzzlenoun

    the mouth or the end for entrance or discharge of a gun, pistol etc., that the bullet emerges from as opposed to the breech

  3. muzzlenoun

    a device used to prevent animal from biting or eating, which is worn on its snout.

  4. muzzlenoun

    a piece of the forward end of the plow-beam by which the traces are attached; bridle

  5. muzzlenoun

    an openwork covering for the nose, used for the defense of the horse, and forming part of the bards in the 15th and 16th centuries

  6. muzzleverb

    To bind or confine animal's mouth by putting a muzzle, as to prevent it from eating or biting

  7. muzzleverb

    To restrain (from speaking, expressing opinion or acting); gag, silence

  8. muzzleverb

    To veil, mask, muffle

  9. muzzleverb

    To fondle with the closed mouth; to nuzzle

  10. muzzleverb

    To bring the muzzle or mouth near.

  11. Etymology: From earlier muzle, musle, mousle, mussel, mozell, from mosel, from musel, museau, muzeau (modern French museau), from latin musellum, diminutive form of musum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Muzzlenoun

    Etymology: museau, French.

    But ever and anon turning her muzzle toward me, she threw such a prospect upon me, as might well have given a surfeit to any weak lover’s stomach. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Huygens has proved, that a bullet continuing in the velocity with which it leaves the muzzle of the cannon, would require twenty-five years to pass from us to the sun. George Cheyne.

    If the poker be out of the way, or broken, stir the fire with the tongs; if the tongs be not at hand, use the muzzle of the bellows. Jonathan Swift, Rules to Servants.

    The fifth Harry from curbed licence plucks
    The muzzle of restraint; and the wild dog
    Shall flesh his tooth on ev’ry innocent. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Greyhounds, snowy fair,
    And tall as stags, ran loose, and cours’d around his chair;
    With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound. Dryden.

  2. To Muzzleverb

    This butcher’s cur is venom mouth’d, and I
    Have not the pow’r to muzzle him; therefore best
    Not wake him in his slumber. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    My dagger muzzled,
    Lest it should bite its master, and so prove,
    As ornaments oft do, too dangerous. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    The bear, the boar, and every savage name,
    Wild in effect, though in appearance tame,
    Lay waste thy woods, destroy thy blissful bow’r,
    And muzzled though they seem, the mutes devour. Dryden.

    Through the town with slow and solemn air,
    Led by the nostril, walks the muzzled bear. John Gay, Past.

    The nurse was then muzzling and coaxing of the child. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

  3. To Muzzleverb

    To bring the mouth near.

    The bear muzzles, and smells to him, puts his nose to his mouth and to his ears, and at last leaves him. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muzzleverb

    the projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout

  2. Muzzleverb

    the mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun

  3. Muzzleverb

    a fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting

  4. Muzzleverb

    to bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action

  5. Muzzleverb

    to fondle with the closed mouth

  6. Muzzleverb

    to bring the mouth or muzzle near

  7. Etymology: [OE. mosel, OF. musel, F. museau muzzle or snout, LL. musellus, fr. musus, morsus. See Muse, v. i., and cf. Morsel.]


  1. Muzzle

    "Muzzle" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins from their third album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It was one of the last songs written by Billy Corgan for Mellon Collie, with the song's lyrics referring to what Corgan thought the public's perception was of him at the time. It was rumored to be the Smashing Pumpkins fifth and final single from this album, as is evidenced by the fact that a promotional single for the song was issued to radio stations worldwide. However, the song "Thirty-Three" was released as the fifth and final single instead. There was a rumor that a music video was actually filmed for "Muzzle" with Chamberlin, but was never released. Billy Corgan has, however, denied this. The band went on to perform "Muzzle" for their next television appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien with replacement drummer, Matt Walker.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muzzle

    muz′l, n. the projecting jaws and nose of an animal: a fastening for the mouth to prevent biting, by a strap or a cage: the extreme end of a gun, &c.—v.t. to put a muzzle on: to restrain from biting: to keep from hurting: to gag or silence.—ns. Muzz′le-bag, a canvas bag fixed to the muzzle of a gun at sea, to keep out water; Muzz′le-load′er, a firearm loaded through the muzzle—opp. to Breech-loader.—adj. Muzz′le-load′ing.—n. Muzz′le-veloc′ity, the velocity of a projectile the moment it leaves the muzzle of a gun. [O. Fr. musel (Fr. museau), prob. from L. morsusmordēre, to bite.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. muzzle

    See Ordnance, Nomenclature.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muzzle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muzzle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of muzzle in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    The answer is not to muzzle citizens. It is to empower citizens.

  2. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    This destabilizes European democracies, we need to start the debate about the future of our continent honestly, without the muzzle of' political correctness', without pretence, talking straight.

  3. Former Det. Brett Hankison:

    My only option was to return fire and I did that to the muzzle flashes, and I want to be specific about this. I had already seen where the threat was. I saw where he was positioned in the hallway.

  4. Parsons Police:

    She left her purebred German shepherd in a fenced backyard with water, food, outbuilding, and it was an unseasonably beautiful day here in Parsons, about 73 degrees outside. She went to lay down, caught some shut-eye, woke up, went outside and she found the carcass of her beautiful little puppy, the head had been severed, the head has not yet been recovered. And also we found the muzzle of the animal.

  5. Amnesty International Bahrain campaigner:

    Preventing human rights defenders, journalists and former prisoners of conscience from leaving their own country is just one of a long list of repressive tactics the Bahraini authorities have sought to punish and muzzle its critics in recent weeks, bahrain has entered a deeply worrying new phase of clampdown on human rights, instilling fear on civil society.

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