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.
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quiet (part of speech: verb)
- Don't you muffle up your throat Don't you like to have one help you when you're putting on your coat? - "The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Vol. 5 Poems Of The Class Of '29 (1851-1889)", Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr..
- One of the farmers cut off an ear from a pig that was walking on its hind legs, and an eccentric old body of the neighborhood appeared presently with one of her ears in a muffle, thus satisfying that community that she had caused the troubles. - "Tales Of Puritan Land Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Volume 4.", Charles M. Skinner.
- He swung round and without attempting to muffle his footfalls strode toward the companionway. - "The Black Bag", Louis Joseph Vance.