Muffle definitions

mŭf'əl
Muffle is defined as to wrap or cover for protection, to keep warm or make quiet.

An example of muffle is wrapping a citrus tree in a blanket to protect it from frost.

An example of muffle is putting your hand over someone's mouth to keep them quiet.

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The definition of a muffle is a kiln or furnace that keeps items put inside protected from direct flames.

An example of a muffle is the device a potter would use to fire their clay bowls.

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To wrap up, as in a blanket or shawl, for warmth, protection, or secrecy.
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To make vague or obscure.
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To repress; stifle.
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To wrap or pad in order to deaden the sound.

Muffled the drums.

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Something that muffles.
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A kiln or part of a kiln in which pottery can be fired without being exposed to direct flame.
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The hairless snout of certain ruminants, such as moose.
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To wrap up in a shawl, blanket, cloak, etc. so as to hide, keep warm, or protect.
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To wrap or cover in order to deaden or prevent sound.
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To deaden (a sound), as by wrapping.
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To prevent the expression of; stifle.
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An oven in which pottery, etc. can be fired without being exposed directly to the flame.
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The fleshy bare part of the upper lip and nose of certain mammals, as ruminants or rabbits.
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The hairless snout of certain ruminants, such as moose.
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Anything that mutes or deadens sound.
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A warm piece of clothing for the hands.
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A kiln or furnace, often electric, with no direct flames (a muffle furnace)
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The bare end of the nose between the nostrils, especially in ruminants.
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To wrap (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection; often with up.
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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.

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To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).
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(intransitive, dated) To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
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(dated) To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
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To deaden (a sound).

The sand muffled the hoofbeats.

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Origin of muffle

Middle English muflen "to muffle", aphetic alteration of Anglo-Norman amoufler, from Old French enmoufler (“to wrap up, muffle"), from moufle (“mitten"), from Medieval Latin muffula (“a muff"), of Germanic origin ("”first recorded in the Capitulary of Aachen in 817 CE), from Frankish *muffël "a muff, wrap, envelope" from *muff- "sleeve, wrap" (from Proto-Germanic *mawwō (“sleeve")) + *vël "skin, hide" (from Proto-Germanic *fellÄ… (“skin, film, fleece"), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(e)(w)-, *plÄ“(w)- (“skin, hide")). Akin to Middle High German mouwe, mōwe (“sleeve") (German Muff "muff", Dutch mouw "sleeve"). Alternate etymology traces the Medieval Latin word to Frankish *molfell (“soft garment made of hide") from *mol (“softened, forworn") (akin to Old High German molawÄ“n "to soften", Middle High German molwic "soft") + *fell (“hide, skin"). Akin to Old High German fel (“fell, skin, hide"), Old English fell (“fell, skin, hide"). More at mulch, fell, camouflage.