from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.
- transitive v. To impede the force or movement of.
- n. A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
- n. A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
- n. An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
- v. Totally bewilder; confuse or perplex.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.
- transitive v. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
- transitive v. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart.
- intransitive v. To practice deceit.
- intransitive v. To struggle against in vain.
- n. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture.
- n. A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and deflect them against the substance to be heated.
- n. A grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered more uniform in different parts of the cross section of the stream; -- used in measuring the rate of flow, as by means of a weir.
- n. A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disgrace; treat with mockery or contumely; hold up as an object of scorn or contempt; insult; specifically, to subject to indignities, as a recreant knight or traitor.
- To hoodwink; cheat.
- To circumvent by interposing obstacles or difficulties; defeat the efforts, purpose, or success of; frustrate; check; foil; thwart; disconcert; confound: as, the fox baffled his pursuers; to baffle curiosity or endeavor.
- To beat about, as the wind or stray cattle do standing grain or grass; twist irregularly together.
- To practise deceit; shuffle; quibble.
- To struggle ineffectually; strive in vain: as, the ship baffled with the gale.
- In coalmining, to brush out or mix fire-damp with air, to such an extent as to render it non-explosive.
- n. Disgrace; affront.
- n. Defeat; discomfiture.
- n. Same as baffler, 2.
- n. An artificial obstruction (in the form of a board, plate, or cleat placed in the channel) to the continuous smooth flow of a liquid or gas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. check the emission of (sound)
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- n. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
- v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)