muffled

3 definitions found

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

muffled \muffled\ adjective

1. same as {muted}; as, muffled drums; the muffled noises of the street.

Syn: dull, muted, softened. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy; as, children muffled almost to the eyebrows. [WordNet 1.5]

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

Muffle \Muf"fle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Muffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muffling}.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel a muff. See {Muff}.]

1. 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.

2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.

3. To wrap or fit 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; to muffle the exhaust of a motor vehicle.

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

muffled

adjective

1: being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets" [syn: {dull}, {muffled}, {muted}, {softened}]

2: wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy; "children muffled almost to the eyebrows"

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