baf´fler

baf´fler
baf|fle «BAF uhl», verb, -fled, -fling, noun.
–v.t.
1. to be too hard for (a person) to understand or solve; bewilder: »

This puzzle baffles me.

SYNONYM(S): confound, perplex, disconcert.
2. to keep or hold back; hinder; thwart: »

The thief baffled pursuit by locking us in before escaping.

SYNONYM(S): foil, balk. See syn. under frustrate. (Cf.frustrate)
3. to control or regulate (the flow of air or other gases, water, sound waves, or electrons) by a baffle.
4. to check; hold back: »

If the wind does not baffle us … (Frederick Marryat).

–v.i.
to struggle without success: »

The ship baffled against high winds and finally foundered on the rocks.

–n.
a device for hindering or changing flow, especially of air or other gases, water, sound waves, or electrons. A baffle on a rocket engine can change the direction of the exhaust thus causing a change in direction of the rocket.
[< Scottish baffull to dishonor in effigy, probably related to French bafouer abuse]
baf´fle|ment, noun.
baf´fler, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fler — baf·fler; buf·fler; pif·fler; ruf·fler; scuf·fler; shuf·fler; snif·fler; snuf·fler; sti·fler; tri·fler; wof·fler; muf·fler; rif·fler; ri·fler; whif·fler; waf·fler; yaf·fler; …   English syllables

  • baf — baf·fle·ment; baf·fler; baf·fle; baf·fling·ly; baf·fling·ness; …   English syllables

  • baf´fle|ment — baf|fle «BAF uhl», verb, fled, fling, noun. –v.t. 1. to be too hard for (a person) to understand or solve; bewilder: »This puzzle baffles me. SYNONYM(S): confound, perplex, disconcert. 2. to keep or hold back; …   Useful english dictionary

  • baf|fle — «BAF uhl», verb, fled, fling, noun. –v.t. 1. to be too hard for (a person) to understand or solve; bewilder: »This puzzle baffles me. SYNONYM(S): confound, perplex, disconcert. 2. to keep or hold back; …   Useful english dictionary

  • baffler — baf·fler …   English syllables

  • baffle — baf•fle [[t]ˈbæf əl[/t]] v. fled, fling, n. 1) to confuse, bewilder, or perplex 2) to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment 3) bui hfi to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, gases, etc.) 4) Obs. to cheat; …   From formal English to slang

  • Baffler — Baf fler (b[a^]f fl[ e]r), n. One who, or that which, baffles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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