A math problem baffles a student.
An example of baffle is when a teacher confuses a student with a complicated math problem.
- to confuse so as to keep from understanding or solving; puzzle; confound
- to interfere with; hinder; impede
- to check the interference of (low-frequency sound waves) in a radio, phonograph, etc. by the use of a baffle
Origin of baffle16th-c. Scot; probably respelling (as duff for dough, Affleck for Auchinleck) of obsolete bauchle
- Rare a baffling or being baffled
- an obstructing device; specif.,
- a wall or screen to hold back or turn aside the flow of liquids, gases, etc.also baf′fle·plate·
- any of various devices designed to obstruct a rodent's access to a bird feeder
- a wall or screen to hold back or turn aside the flow of liquids, gases, etc.
- a mounting or partition used to check the transmission of sound waves between the front and rear of the speaker of a radio, phonograph, etc.
transitive verbbaf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
- To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action: a patient whose condition baffled the physicians.
- To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
- A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
- A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.
Origin of bafflePerhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.
(third-person singular simple present baffles, present participle baffling, simple past and past participle baffled)
- A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
- Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
- An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.