from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth.
- n. A device that absorbs noise, especially one used with an internal-combustion engine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Part of the exhaust pipe of a car that dampens the noise the engine produces.
- n. A type of scarf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything used in muffling; esp., a scarf for protecting the head and neck in cold weather; a tippet.
- n. A cushion for terminating or softening a note made by a stringed instrument with a keyboard.
- n. A kind of mitten or boxing glove, esp. when stuffed.
- n. One who muffles.
- n. Any of various devices to deaden the noise of escaping gases or vapors, as a tube filled with obstructions, through which the exhaust gases of an internal-combustion engine, as on an automobile, are passed (called also silencer).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device to deaden or silence the explosive puff of the exhaust of hot gases from an internal-combustion motor such as is used on motor vehicles. The escape of these gases at high temperatures and pressures into the open air is followed by their expansion, with a shock to the displaced air and a noisy report. The muffler compels them to escape slowly and evenly, and by cooling them in the process less change of volume occurs. The simplest type consists of enlargements of the cross-section of the exhaust-pipe, and the discharge through a large number of small orifices. Called silencer in England.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a scarf worn around the neck
- n. a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
- n. a tubular acoustic device inserted in the exhaust system that is designed to reduce noise
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The muffler is really a network of baffles that bounce the sound waves around.
Dumping the stock muffler for a free flow muffler is a good idea.
I stop at a light, thinking my muffler is dragging behind the car since this guy is trying so hard to get my attention.
More hellacious grinding of gears and engine noises that sound as though the muffler is just a fond memory.
Later on, outside, after winking at me (the man looked good in a coat and scarf [hey, with boys, is it called a muffler?], people) Ward quoted the "Stonehenge" speech to me from "Spinal Tap" because of my cape.
The muffler was a deep crimson and the mittens a warm shade of gray with three rows of crimson in the wrist end; Mary Jane had picked colors she was sure Tom would like.
The rear muffler, which is newly designed and configured, also contributes to the even
GG was one version of what's now fondly referred to as muffler men - big, fiberglass statues manufactured from about 1962 to the mid-'70s - sold as attention-getters for retail stores.
I thought the muffler was the whole exhaust system but apparently it is only the silencer part.
The first "muffler" he tapped gave off not metallic clang whatsoever.