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Definition of muffle:

  1. A pulley block containing several sheaves.
  2. A small oven for baking and fixing the colors of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.
  3. An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects heated from the direct action of the fire, as in scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.
  4. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
  5. The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; - used esp. of ruminants.
  6. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
  7. To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
  8. 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.
  9. To wrap 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.

Synonyms:

moderate, soften, throttle, embower, cover up, stifle, halter, involve, envelop, pall, embosom, smother, circumfuse, wrap up, break, wrap, squelch, reduce, numb, embrace, lap, subdue, restraint, moisten, pull on, damp, block out, invest, drown, blunt, subjugate, weaken, hush, gag, dampen, suppress, mute, burke, quieten, swathe, try on, cocoon, repress, enwrap, suffocate, shroud, bosom, put on, choke, hold down, dull, clothe, decrease, hold back, enswathe, enclose, encompass, bower, veil, strangulate, quash, cut out, wash, cramp, wear, surround, get dressed, asphyxiate, quench, dress, sit on, benumb, circumfuse, keep down, enshroud, tone down, hamper, strangle, slip into, increase, tame, mantle, put out.

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