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muffle

MUF'FLE, v.t.

1. To cover from the weather by cloth, fur or any garment; to cover close, particularly the neck and face.

You must be muffled up like ladies.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.

2. To blindfold.

Alas! that love whose view if muffled still--

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.

3. To cover; to conceal; to involve.

They were in former ages muffled in darkness and superstition.

4. In seamanship, to put matting or other soft substance round an oar, to prevent its making a noise.

5. To wind something round the strings of a drum to prevent a sharp sound, or to render the sound grave and solemn.

MUF'FLE, v.i. To mutter; to speak indistinctly or without clear articulation.

MUF'FLE, n. In chimistry, a vessel in the shape of an oblong arch or vault, closed behind by a semi-circular plane, the floor of which is a rectangular plane; or in other words, a little oven to be placed in a furnace, and under which small cupels and crucibles are placed, in which substances are subjected to heat without coming in contact with fuel, smoke or ashes; used in metallurgic operations.




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MUF'FLE, v.t.

1. To cover from the weather by cloth, fur or any garment; to cover close, particularly the neck and face.

You must be muffled up like ladies.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.

2. To blindfold.

Alas! that love whose view if muffled still--

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.

3. To cover; to conceal; to involve.

They were in former ages muffled in darkness and superstition.

4. In seamanship, to put matting or other soft substance round an oar, to prevent its making a noise.

5. To wind something round the strings of a drum to prevent a sharp sound, or to render the sound grave and solemn.

MUF'FLE, v.i. To mutter; to speak indistinctly or without clear articulation.

MUF'FLE, n. In chimistry, a vessel in the shape of an oblong arch or vault, closed behind by a semi-circular plane, the floor of which is a rectangular plane; or in other words, a little oven to be placed in a furnace, and under which small cupels and crucibles are placed, in which substances are subjected to heat without coming in contact with fuel, smoke or ashes; used in metallurgic operations.


MUF'FLE, n. [Sp. mufla.]

In chimistry, a vessel in the shape of an oblong arch or vault, closed behind by a semi-circular-plane, the floor of which is a rectanelar plane; or in other words, a little oven to be placed in a furnace, and under which small cupels and crucibles are placed, in which substances are subjected to heat without coming in contact with fuel, smoke or ashes; used in metallurgic operations. – Fourcroy. Encyc.


MUF'FLE, v.i.

To mutter; to speak indistinctly or without clear articulation. – Holder.


MUF'FLE, v.t. [D. moffelen; G. muffeln; It. camuffare, to disguise or mask.]

  1. To cover from the weather by cloth, fur or any garment; to cover close, particularly the neck and face. You must be muffled up like ladies. – Dryden. The face lies muffled up within the garment. Addison.
  2. To blindfold. Alas! that love whose view is muffled still – Shak. He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. – Dryden.
  3. To cover; to conceal; to involve. They were in former ages muffled in darkness and superstition. – Arbuthnot.
  4. In seamanship, to put matting or other soft substance round an oar, to prevent its making a noise.
  5. To wind something round the strings of a drum to prevent a sharp sound, or to render the sound grave and solemn.

Muf"fle
  1. The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.
  2. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects] to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up.

    South.

    The face lies muffled up within the garment. Addison.

    He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. Dryden.

    Muffled up in darkness and superstition. Arbuthnot.

  3. To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
  4. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
  5. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
  6. An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects heated from the direct action of the fire, as in scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.
  7. To wrap with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock.
  8. A small oven for baking and fixing the colors of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.
  9. A pulley block containing several sheaves.

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Muffle

MUF'FLE, verb transitive

1. To cover from the weather by cloth, fur or any garment; to cover close, particularly the neck and face.

You must be muffled up like ladies.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.

2. To blindfold.

Alas! that love whose view if muffled still--

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.

3. To cover; to conceal; to involve.

They were in former ages muffled in darkness and superstition.

4. In seamanship, to put matting or other soft substance round an oar, to prevent its making a noise.

5. To wind something round the strings of a drum to prevent a sharp sound, or to render the sound grave and solemn.

MUF'FLE, verb intransitive To mutter; to speak indistinctly or without clear articulation.

MUF'FLE, noun In chimistry, a vessel in the shape of an oblong arch or vault, closed behind by a semi-circular plane, the floor of which is a rectangular plane; or in other words, a little oven to be placed in a furnace, and under which small cupels and crucibles are placed, in which substances are subjected to heat without coming in contact with fuel, smoke or ashes; used in metallurgic operations.

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