muzzle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muzzle tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"
    • v muzzle prevent from speaking out "The press was gagged"
    • v muzzle fit with a muzzle "muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers"
    • n muzzle forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
    • n muzzle restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
    • n muzzle the open circular discharging end of a gun
    • n muzzle a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
    • Muzzle A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting. "With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound"
    • Muzzle The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun.
    • Muzzle The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.
    • Muzzle To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action; as, the dictator muzzled all the newspapers. "My dagger muzzled .""Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn."
    • v. i Muzzle To bring the mouth or muzzle near. "The bear muzzles and smells to him."
    • Muzzle To fondle with the closed mouth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muzzle The projecting jaws and nose of an animal, as an ox or a dog; the snout.
    • n muzzle The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge: applied chiefly to the end of a tube, as the open end of a gun or pistol.
    • n muzzle Anything which prevents an animal from biting, as a strap around the jaws, or a sort of cage, as of wire, into which the muzzle (def. 1) is inserted.
    • n muzzle In armor, an openwork, covering for the nose, used for the defense of the horse, and forming part of the bards in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
    • n muzzle A piece of the forward end of the plow-beam by which the traces are attached: same as bridle, 5.
    • n muzzle Muzzle-energy, the energy of a shot when it leaves the muzzle of a gun, expressed by the formula = foot-tons of energy, w representing the weight of shot in pounds and v the velocity in feet per second.
    • muzzle To bind or confine the mouth of in order to prevent biting or eating.
    • muzzle Figuratively, to gag; silence.
    • muzzle To mask.
    • muzzle To fondle with the closed mouth; nuzzle.
    • muzzle To grub up with the snout, as swine do.
    • muzzle To handle or pull about.
    • muzzle To bring the muzzle or mouth near.
    • muzzle To drink to excess; guzzle.
    • muzzle To loiter; trifle; skulk.
    • n muzzle A workman's name for a covering of many folds of flannel cloth tied over the nose and mouth of one who is engaged in removing bleaching-powder from the chambers in which it is made, and in packing it, to afford protection from the chlorin gas and the fine dust suspended in the air. A sponge moistened with water is sometimes used in the same way.
    • n muzzle A chain clevis or shackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muzzle muz′l the projecting jaws and nose of an animal: a fastening for the mouth to prevent biting, by a strap or a cage: the extreme end of a gun, &c
    • v.t Muzzle to put a muzzle on: to restrain from biting: to keep from hurting: to gag or silence
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mosel, OF. musel, F. museau, muzzle or snout, LL. musellus, fr. musus, morsus,. See Muse (v. i.), and cf. Morsel

Usage

In literature:

They stood muzzle to muzzle with eyes dilated, their red nostrils steaming into each other.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He put the muzzle of his gun to the side of the grey lieutenant, and shot him through the heart.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Lieutenant Prescott's revolver rang out, the muzzle pointed toward the enemy.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
Their long muzzles, erect ears, and huge gaunt bodies, were outlined plainly against the snowy ground.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Timbo selected two trees, to which they lashed the gun in an almost horizontal position, the muzzle only pointing slightly upwards.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Phil and Doc, Helen and Jerry, and Homer, the latter gray muzzled and stiff in the joints.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
The mechanism was unfamiliar, but a glance at the muzzle told him it was a projectile weapon of some sort.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
The two muskets were instantly directed towards them; but at a shout from Golah their muzzles were as quickly dropped.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Five of our ships were engaged muzzle to muzzle with five of the French.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Its bridge displays the full parade of leather-bound brass-nailed muzzle.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
All he could do was to stare into the muzzle of that weapon.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
I was in a hurry to get out of town, for my dogs were not muzzled.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
In a moment Duke thrust his muzzle in the door.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
But I took him across the muzzle with my staff; and I think you may have heard him yelp, even thus far off.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Silent Tom nodded and shoved forward the muzzle of his rifle.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Up went his big smooth-bore muzzle-loader.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The leader whirled instantly to look into the ominous muzzle of a heavy automatic held by Casey Dunne.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
That there was some mystery about the muzzle was evident from Newton's pains to make a secret of it.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
His eyes, until now fixed on the ground, became first unsteady, and then settled fixedly, with a look of distress, on the muzzle of my rifle.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Ox Muzzle, about 1830.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
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In poetry:

Long, pensive, slim-muzzled greyhound buds
Dreamy, not yet present,
Drawn out of earth
At his toes.
"Sicilian Cyclamens" by D H Lawrence
The dog lifted muzzle, and sniffed;
He quitted his couch on the rug,
Nose to floor, nose aloft; whined, barked;
And, finding the signals unmarked,
Caught a hand in a death-grapple tug.
"To Children: For Tyrants" by George Meredith
Dark-brown with tan muzzle, just stripped for the tussle,
Stood Iseult, arching her neck to the curb,
A lean head and fiery, strong quarters and wiry,
A loin rather light, but a shoulder superb.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
I felt the muzzle cold
Against my brow. He jeered; I saw him frown;
Then red with death the black world flung me down;
Away from me it fell, and roared, and crashed.
And all through those two hundred years I flashed:
And I am here
"Each Man Is Each" by E J Rupert Atkinson
"The ox, that treadeth out the corn,
Thou shalt not muzzle."—Thus saith God.
And will ye muzzle the free-born,—
The man,—the owner of the sod,—
Who "gives the grazing ox his meat,"
And you,—his servants here,—your seat?
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont
There was little Willie Browning, the worst of all the boys
Who had a sure-nuff cannon that made all kinds of noise;
And when the cannon wouldn't go he blew into the muzzle,
But what became of Willie's teeth has always been a puzzle.
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Muzzle-loading event a perfect fall treat.
How Lukashenko's Belarus muzzles the press.
Johnny Manziel is muzzled, but college coaches prattle on.
Surgery was successful Friay on a sea lion that was shot in the muzzle in Yolo County in December.
The pointed muzzle tapers towards the nose.
A dog from the Philippines who became an international hero after she sacrificed her snout to save two young girls will have to wait a little longer for surgery to replace her missing muzzle.
Controversy growing in Canada over 'muzzling' of salmon expert.
Key Opponent To MDC's UConn Pipeline Plan Muzzled By 1998 Agreement .
A former American Apparel store manager is suing CEO Dov Charney, saying he was verbally and physically abusive to the point of rubbing dirt in his face and now the company is trying to muzzle him.
Jayden Dale started deer hunting at 7 and saw some deer while taking a shot with his muzzle loader.
Instead of trying to muzzle others, try acting more civil.
Stars stay muzzled in digital era.
Muzzle-loading event a perfect fall treat.
The Muzzling of the FDA .
C – Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times.
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In science:

For example, to deliver a pistol bullet with a BC of 0.135 at a velocity of 1200 fps at 50 yards, one would work up a load producing 1385 fps at the muzzle.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
BC) are known, both the muzzle velocity and the impact velocity can be determined [COU07].
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The time recorded between the muzzle blast and bullet striking the target represents the sum of the bullet time of flight (tb) and the time for the sound to return to the microphone from the target (ts).
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
Most cartridge arms can only be loaded safely over a narrow range of muzzle velocities [NOS96, HOR91, SPE94, BAR97].
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity
Table 1: Muzzle velocity vs. powder charge for a .50 caliber muzzleloader firing a 250 grain saboted bullet with reduced charges of Triple Seven FFFg powder.
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity
Table 2: Muzzle velocity vs. powder charge for a .45 caliber muzzleloader firing a 115 grain saboted bullet with reduced charges of Triple Seven FFFg powder.
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity
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