Pronunciation Noun

muffle (plural muffles)

  1. Anything that mutes or deadens sound.
  2. A warm piece of clothing for the hands.
  3. (slang, archaic) A boxing glove.
  4. A kiln or furnace, often electric, with no direct flames (a muffle furnace)
  5. The bare end of the nose between the nostrils, especially in ruminants.
  6. A machine with two pulleys to hoist load by spinning wheels, polyspast, block and tackle.
  • Russian: глуши́тель
  • Russian: рукави́ца
Translations Verb

muffle (muffles, present participle muffling; past and past participle muffled)

  1. (transitive) To wrap (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection; often with up.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 4, scene 3]:
      The face lies muffled up within the garment.
    • He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.
    • muffled up in darkness and superstition
  2. (transitive) To wrap up or cover (a source of noise) in order to deaden the sound.
    to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock
  3. (transitive) To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 397:
      The singer's voice was muffled by the thick walls, yet Tyrion knew the verse.
  4. (intransitive, dated) To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
  5. (transitive, dated) To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
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