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Definition of baffle:

  1. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
  5. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.
  6. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart.
  7. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
  8. To practice deceit.
  9. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds.

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