baffle

  • 1 Baffle — can refer to: * Baffle (Speaker system enclosure or referred to as Cabinet) * Baffles (submarine) * Sound baffle * Baffle gate , which is a Turnstile * Baffle (game show) and All Star Baffle, a 1973 74 NBC daytime TV game show that was a revival… …

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  • 2 baffle — [ bafl ] n. m. • 1948; mot angl. « écran » ♦ Panneau sur lequel est monté le diffuseur d un haut parleur et qui permet de séparer le rayonnement de la face avant du haut parleur de celui de la face arrière afin d améliorer la sonorité. Recomm.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 Baffle — Baf fle (b[a^]f f l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baffled} ( f ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Baffling} ( fl[i^]ng).] [Cf. Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[=a]gr uneasy, poor, or b[=a]gr, n., struggle,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Baffle — Baf fle, n. 1. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.] A baffle to philosophy. South. [1913 Webster] 2. (Engin.) (a) A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 baffle — [v1] perplex addle, amaze, astound, befuddle, bewilder, buffalo*, confound, confuse, daze, disconcert, dumbfound, elude, embarrass, faze, floor*, get, mix up, muddle, mystify, nonplus, puzzle, rattle, stick*, stump*, stun, throw; concepts 7,19,42 …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 baffle — [baf′əl] vt. baffled, baffling [16th c. Scot; prob. respelling (as duff for dough, Affleck for Auchinleck) of obs. bauchle] 1. to confuse so as to keep from understanding or solving; puzzle; confound 2. to interfere with; hinder; impede 3. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Baffle — Baf fle, v. i. 1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] Barrow. [1913 Webster] 2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. [R.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 baffle — I verb balk, befog, beguile, bewilder, bluff, bother, check, circumvent, complicate, confound, confuse, cross, defeat, discomfort, disconcert, dismay, disrupt, evade, flummox, fool, frustrate, fuddle, hoax, hinder, impede, incommode,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 Baffle —   [bæfl, englisch] der oder das, s/ s, Vakuumtechnik: Prallfläche …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 10 baffle — → bafle …

    Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • 11 baffle — balk, circumvent, outwit, foil, thwart, *frustrate Analogous words: *puzzle, mystify, confound, dumbfound: discomfit, rattle, faze, *embarrass, disconcert: *confuse, addle, muddle: *hamper, fetter, hog tie: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 baffle — ► VERB ▪ totally bewilder. ► NOUN ▪ a device used to restrain or regulate the flow of sound, light, gas, or a fluid. DERIVATIVES bafflement noun baffling adjective. ORIGIN perhaps related to French bafouer ridicule …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 baffle — {{11}}baffle (n.) shielding device, 1881, from BAFFLE (Cf. baffle) (v.). {{12}}baffle (v.) 1540s, to disgrace, perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle to disgrace publicly (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to Fr. bafouer… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 14 baffle — [16] The etymology of baffle is appropriately baffling. Two main candidates have been proposed as a source. The first is the medieval Scots verb bawchill or bauchle, meaning ‘discredit publicly’. This fits in with the way baffle was first used:… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 baffle — i. A series of partitions in a fuel tank to control the rapid flow of fuel and prevent its sloshing. These partitions have holes that allow the fuel to feed to the tank outlet, but they keep the fuel from surging enough to uncover the fuel outlet …

    Aviation dictionary

  • 16 baffle — [16] The etymology of baffle is appropriately baffling. Two main candidates have been proposed as a source. The first is the medieval Scots verb bawchill or bauchle, meaning ‘discredit publicly’. This fits in with the way baffle was first used:… …

    Word origins

  • 17 baffle — UK [ˈbæf(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms baffle : present tense I/you/we/they baffle he/she/it baffles present participle baffling past tense baffled past participle baffled if a problem, someone s behaviour etc baffles you, you cannot… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 baffle — v. & n. v.tr. 1 confuse or perplex (a person, one s faculties, etc.). 2 a frustrate or hinder (plans etc.). b restrain or regulate the progress of (fluids, sounds, etc.). n. (also baffle plate) a device used to restrain the flow of fluid, gas,… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 baffle — I. transitive verb (baffled; baffling) Etymology: probably alteration of Middle English (Scots) bawchillen to denounce, discredit publicly Date: 1675 1. to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling ; disconcert 2. to check or break… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 baffle — bafflement, n. baffler, n. baffling, adj. bafflingly, adv. bafflingness, n. /baf euhl/, v., baffled, baffling, n. v.t. 1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex: He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions. 2. to frustrate or confound; …

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