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baffle

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Baffle \Baf"fle\, verb (used without an object)

1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] --Barrow.

2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. [R.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Baffle \Baf"fle\, noun

1. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.] "A baffle to philosophy." --South.

2. (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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Coal Mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine. [Local, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Baffle \Baf"fle\ (b[a^]f"f'l), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Baffled} (-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Baffling} (-fl[i^]ng).] [Cf. Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[=a]gr uneasy, poor, or b[=a]gr, noun, struggle, b[ae]gja to push, treat harshly, OF. beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. G. b[aum]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. --Cowper.

3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart. "A baffled purpose." --De Quincey.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

baffle

noun

1: a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy [syn: {baffle}, {baffle board}]

verb

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" [syn: {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" [syn: {thwart}, {queer}, {spoil}, {scotch}, {foil}, {cross}, {frustrate}, {baffle}, {bilk}]

3: check the emission of (sound) [syn: {baffle}, {regulate}]

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