• WordNet 3.6
    • v muffle conceal or hide "smother a yawn","muffle one's anger","strangle a yawn"
    • v muffle deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    • n muffle a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muffle A pulley block containing several sheaves.
    • Muffle (Ceramics) 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.
    • Muffle (Metal) 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.
    • Muffle Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
    • n Muffle mŭf"f'l The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.
    • Muffle To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
    • v. i Muffle To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
    • Muffle To wrap or fit 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; to muffle the exhaust of a motor vehicle.
    • Muffle 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. "The face lies muffled up within the garment.""He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.""Muffled up in darkness and superstition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • muffle To infold or wrap up, especially in some cloth or woven fabric, so as to conceal from view or protect from the weather; wrap up or cover close, particularly the neck and face; envelop or inwrap in some covering.
    • muffle To blindfold.
    • muffle Figuratively, to wrap up or cover; conceal; involve.
    • muffle To envelop more or less completely in something that deadens sound: used especially of bells, drums, and oars. See muffled.
    • muffle To restrain from speaking by wrapping up the head; put to silence.
    • muffle Synonyms Muzzle, etc. See gag.
    • muffle To mumble; mutter; speak indistinctly.
    • n muffle The tumid and naked part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muffle muf′l the thick naked upper lip and nose, as of a ruminant.
    • v.t Muffle muf′l to wrap up as with a muff: to blindfold: to cover up so as to render sound dull, as a bell or a drum: to cover from the weather
    • n Muffle something used for smothering sound: a boxing-glove: a clay oven, as for firing pottery
    • v.i Muffle muf′l to mumble.
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the resemblance in shape. See Muffle (v. t.) Muff


In literature:

He looked at her again, his face worked; at last John Berber with a muffled groan burst into terrible human tears.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
At last he put his muffled mouth to my ear and shouted through the cape of his wamus.
"The Black Wolf Pack" by Dan Beard
Thus it came about that Gage made love to Frank Merriwell, instead of the fair captive he believed was muffled by the coat.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
There was a rustling and shuffling and a sound of hurried, muffled steps.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
I caught the faintest of sounds from within; a muffled click, voices.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
To the northward a muffled roar sounded, followed instantly by another.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
What muffled fellow's that?
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
In dead silence, with muffled oars, we pulled in towards the shore.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was followed by a man, tall, slight, and closely muffled up, who shouldered a larger portmanteau.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The muffled sound of galloping hoofs in the sand caused her to raise her chin from her chest and her mind became instantly alert.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
The muffled figure had vanished, and not a trace could be discovered of the mysterious coffin-bearers, if such they were.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
But for having muffled up their faces, more than one of the party would leave that spot sightless, if not smothered outright.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
A series of muffled but agonized yelps followed her down the walk.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Later, as he passed her door on the way to his room, he placed his ear at the keyhole and listened a long time to her half-muffled sobs.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Another muffled crash roared through the ship, and a new row of lights sprang on along the panel.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Below were two individuals, rather carefully muffled; their faces, which were only indistinctly seen, were upturned to him.
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
Mayo had no word ready at his tongue's end, and Mar-ston's anathema was muffled and incoherent.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It was no easy matter to ascertain the good lady's condition, muffled up and veiled as she was.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Her muffled voice saying, 'I'm glad.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Again and again it comes, muffled but increasing in volume.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe

In poetry:

So be it, for the shadow slips
That muffles all, and death above,
A smile of pity on his lips,
Shakes dust upon the dreams we love.
"A City Reverie" by Alexander Anderson
A fathomless sea is rolling
O'er the wreck of the bravest bark;
And my pain-muffled heart is toiling,
Its dumb-peal down in the dark.
"Desolate" by Gerald Massey
"I fear me there will be a storm,
The clouds, with murky fingers,
Are muffling the stars o'er far Galgorm,
Where my own true lover lingers."
"Keeping Tryst" by Nora Pembroke
For him, far hence, a mother sighs,
And fancies comforts yet to come!
He'll never bless her longing eyes—
She'll only hear the Muffled Drum!
"The Muffled Drum" by John Mayne
Ah me! how sorrowful and slow,
With arms revers'd, the soldiers come—
Dirge-sounding trumpets, full of woe,
And, sad to hear, the Muffled Drum!
"The Muffled Drum" by John Mayne
Loudly they rapped on the cottage door
—There were muffled sounds—within!
Someone was moving—or walking about
—Whichever it might have been.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

The roar of a 2,000-degree furnace is barely muffled by the sound of rock music inside the Kingston barn that is home to the Davis Kapple Glass Studio.
'A Late Quartet': Familiar music muffled by overfamiliar theatrics ??
Ryan Dempster is rocked and Jered Weaver muffles the Texas bats.
Ho-hum numbers muffle commercial optimism.
Google Quietly Supportive of Adobe's Move to Muffle Flash.
49ers hope to muffle roar of Detroit crowd.
Michael Buble to Muffle Rihanna's 'Talk' on Billboard 200.
Media coverage of Obama's Libya handling by turns blaring, muffled .
No detail is too small, no sound in the night too muffled, to register.
According to Doninelli, the property was leased to a tenant whose power had recently been shut off, leading the tenant to run a generator inside a car to muffle the noise.
Then comes the faint sound of footsteps, or a muffled tap on the door.
That sound, muffled but persistent, is the sound of Pirates fans throwing in the towel.
Neighbors heard the child's muffled cries and rescued him.
Driving Uncle Undertaker 's hearse: 'Suddenly, I heard a heavy, muffled thud in the back'.
"Cloud Atlas" sunny in Russia and "Argo" solid in France and U.K. "Here Comes the Boom" muffled in modest foreign debut.