Baffle meaning

băf'əl
The definition of baffle is confuse.

An example of baffle is when a teacher confuses a student with a complicated math problem.

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To confuse so as to keep from understanding or solving; puzzle; confound.
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A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.
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To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
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A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
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To interfere with; hinder; impede.
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To check the interference of (low-frequency sound waves) in a radio, phonograph, etc. by the use of a baffle.
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A baffling or being baffled.
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An obstructing device.
  • A wall or screen to hold back or turn aside the flow of liquids, gases, etc.
  • Any of various devices designed to obstruct a rodent's access to a bird feeder.
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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.
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To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex. [from 17th c.]

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

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(now rare) To foil; to thwart. [from 17th c.]
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(intransitive) To struggle in vain. [from 19th c.]

A ship baffles with the winds.

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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.

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An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
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To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action.

A patient whose condition baffled the physicians.

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Origin of baffle

  • Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle to denounce, revile publicly, French bafouer to ridicule
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin uncertain.
    From Wiktionary