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Definition of "baffle" []

  • To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie. (verb-transitive)
  • To impede the force or movement of. (verb-transitive)
  • A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light. (noun)
  • A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker. (noun)
  • To perplex; bewilder; puzzle (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To frustrate (plans, efforts, etc) (verb)
  • To check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light) (verb)
  • To provide with a baffle (verb)
  • To cheat or trick (verb)
  • A plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone (noun)

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Use "baffle" in a sentence
  • "But that is not the only reason the French word baffle is better heard than seen as I learned the other day while setting out for a voyage south."
  • "I bought a baffle stitched (and if my use of the word baffle, baffles you, see "irony" in the Webster's Dictionary) down feather bed."
  • "He reasoned it was either a sword baffle or some other sort of protective armor."