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muffle1

[muhf-uh l] /ˈmʌf əl/
verb (used with object), muffled, muffling.
1.
to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound:
to muffle drums.
2.
to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
3.
to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., especially to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often followed by up):
Muffle up the children before they go out.
4.
to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering:
muffled in silk.
5.
to alter temporarily the profile of (a plaster mold) in order to run a base coat of plaster that will later be covered by a finish coat having the true profile.
noun
6.
something that muffles.
7.
muffled sound.
8.
an oven or arched chamber in a furnace or kiln, used for heating substances without direct contact with the fire.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mufeln, perhaps aphetic form of Anglo-French *amoufler, for Old French enmoufler to wrap up, muffle, derivative of moufle mitten (see en-1, muff); (def 8) directly < French moufle literally, mitten

muffle2

[muhf-uh l] /ˈmʌf əl/
noun
1.
the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
Origin
1595-1605; < Middle French mufle muzzle, snout, probably blend of moufle chubby face (obscurely akin to German Muffel snout) and museau snout, muzzle
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  • He turned from side to side and tried to muffle his ears with the pillow.
  • In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle their design.
  • muffle any peripheral truck noise, as needed, with the blankets.
  • Enormous, well-padded ear cups can muffle critical sounds, regardless of whether the noise-canceling feature is activated.
  • The percussion also served to muffle the footsteps of her husband.
  • Originally developed for soldiers, these earplugs can muffle loud noises while admitting or amplifying soft ones.
  • He looked so uncomfortable trying to muffle his coughing.
  • At first the management tried erecting a canopy over the bandstand to muffle the sound.
  • Since their sniper rifle is absent a silencer, players must use loud claps of thunder to muffle shots without being discovered.
  • White-knuckled hands hold cellphones close and muffle frantic calls.
British Dictionary definitions for muffle

muffle1

/ˈmʌfəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often foll by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
2.
to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
3.
to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
noun
4.
something that muffles
5.
a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up

muffle2

/ˈmʌfəl/
noun
1.
the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
Word Origin
C17: from French mufle, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for muffle
v.

early 15c., "to cover or wrap (something) to conceal or protect," perhaps from Middle French mofler "to stuff," from Old French moufle "thick glove, muff" (cf. Old French enmoufle "wrapped up"); see muff (n.). Meaning "wrap something up to deaden sound" first recorded 1761. Related: Muffled; muffling.

n.

"thing that muffles," 1560s, from muffle (v.).

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