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Definition of baffle (Meaning of baffle)
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Baffle Baf"fle (b[a^]f"f'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baffled}
	     (-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Baffling} (-fl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
	     Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch
	     tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[=a]gr uneasy, poor, or
	     b[=a]gr, n., struggle, b[ae]gja to push, treat harshly, OF.
	     beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. G. b["a]ppe mouth,
	     beffen to bark, chide.]
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	     1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a
	        recreant knight. [Obs.]
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	              He by the heels him hung upon a tree,
	              And baffled so, that all which passed by
	              The picture of his punishment might see. --Spenser.
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	     2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
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	              The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim.
	                                                    --Cowper.
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	     3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or
	        defeat; to thwart. ``A baffled purpose.'' --De Quincey.
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	              A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them
	              all.                                  --South.
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	              Calculations so difficult as to have baffled, until
	              within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened
	              nations.                              --Prescott.
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	              The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle
	              us.                                   --Locke.
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	     {Baffling wind} (Naut.), one that frequently shifts from one
	        point to another.
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	     Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.
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	  Baffle Baf"fle, v. i.
	     1. To practice deceit. [Obs.] --Barrow.
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	     2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the
	        winds. [R.]
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	  Baffle Baf"fle, n.
	     1. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture.
	        [R.] ``A baffle to philosophy.'' --South.
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	     2. (Engin.)
	        (a) 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.
	        (b) 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.
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	     2. (Coal Mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of
	        a winding engine. [Local, U. S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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