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English Dictionary: baffle by the DICT Development Group
5 results for baffle
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
    Synonym(s): baffle, baffle board
  1. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me-- I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
    Synonym(s): perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound
  2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
    Synonym(s): thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk
  3. check the emission of (sound)
    Synonym(s): baffle, regulate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Baffle \Baf"fle\, n.
      1. (Engin.)
            (a) A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a
                  furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and
                  deflect them against the substance to be heated.
            (b) A grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying
                  water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered
                  more uniform in different parts of the cross section
                  of the stream; -- used in measuring the rate of flow,
                  as by means of a weir.
      2. (Coal Mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of
            a winding engine. [Local, U. S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Baffle \Baf"fle\, v. i.
      1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] --Barrow.
      2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the
            winds. [R.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Baffle \Baf"fle\, n.
      A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.]
      [bd]A baffle to philosophy.[b8] --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Baffle \Baf"fle\ (b[acr]f"f'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baffled}
      (-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Baffling} (-fl[icr]ng).] [Cf.
      Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch
      tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[be]gr uneasy, poor, or
      b[be]gr, n., struggle, b[91]gja to push, treat harshly, OF.
      beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. G. b[84]ppe mouth,
      beffen to bark, chide.]
      1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a
            recreant knight. [Obs.]
                     He by the heels him hung upon a tree, And baffled
                     so, that all which passed by The picture of his
                     punishment might see.                        --Spenser.
      2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
                     The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim.
      3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or
            defeat; to thwart. [bd]A baffled purpose.[b8] --De
                     A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them
                     all.                                                   --South.
                     Calculations so difficult as to have baffled, until
                     within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened
                     nations.                                             --Prescott.
                     The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle
                     us.                                                   --Locke.
      {Baffling wind} (Naut.), one that frequently shifts from one
            point to another.
      Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.
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