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Muffle


MUF'FLE, verb transitive

1. To cover from the weather by cloth, fur or any garment; to cover close, particularly the neck and face.

You must be muffled up like ladies.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.

2. To blindfold.

Alas! that love whose view if muffled still--

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.

3. To cover; to conceal; to involve.

They were in former ages muffled in darkness and superstition.

4. In seamanship, to put matting or other soft substance round an oar, to prevent its making a noise.

5. To wind something round the strings of a drum to prevent a sharp sound, or to render the sound grave and solemn.

MUF'FLE, verb intransitive To mutter; to speak indistinctly or without clear articulation.

MUF'FLE, noun In chimistry, a vessel in the shape of an oblong arch or vault, closed behind by a semi-circular plane, the floor of which is a rectangular plane; or in other words, a little oven to be placed in a furnace, and under which small cupels and crucibles are placed, in which substances are subjected to heat without coming in contact with fuel, smoke or ashes; used in metallurgic operations.