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Meaning of muzzle by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A cow's muzzle ( protruding part of animal's head )
    A dog wearing a muzzle ( sense 3 ) over its muzzle ( sense 1 )


    From earlier muzle, musle, mousle, mussel, mozell, from Middle English mosel, from Old French musel, museau, muzeau ( modern French museau ), from latin mūsellum, diminutive form of mūsum ( “snout” ) .


    • Rhymes: -ʌzəl


    muzzle ( plural: muzzles )

    1. the protruding part of many animal's head which includes nose, mouth and jaws; snout
    2. the mouth or the end for entrance or discharge of a gun, pistol etc., that the bullet emerges from as opposed to the breech
    3. a device used to prevent animal from biting or eating, which is worn on its snout .
    4. ( chiefly Scotland ) a piece of the forward end of the plow-beam by which the traces are attached; bridle
    5. ( obsolete, historical ) an openwork covering for the nose, used for the defense of the horse, and forming part of the bards in the 15th and 16th centuries


    muzzle ( third-person singular simple present muzzles present participle muzzling, simple past and past participle muzzled )

    1. ( transitive ) To bind or confine animal's mouth by putting a muzzle, as to prevent it from eating or biting
    2. ( transitive, figuratively ) To restrain ( from speaking, expressing opinion or acting ); gag, silence
    3. ( transitive, obsolete ) To veil, mask, muffle
    4. ( transitive, obsolete ) To fondle with the closed mouth; to nuzzle
    5. ( intransitive ) To bring the muzzle or mouth near.

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    See also

    • muzzle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • “muzzle” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989 .

Explanation of muzzle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them

    2. prevent from speaking out

    3. fit with a muzzle

    4. muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers
    1. forward projecting part of the head of certain animals

    2. restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

    3. the open circular discharging end of a gun

    4. 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

    Definition of muzzle by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Muzzle n. [OE. mosel, OF. musel, F. museau muzzle or snout, LL. musellus, fr. musus, morsus. See Muse, v. i., and cf. Morsel.]
      1. The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.

      2. The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, “the muzzle of a gun”.

      3. 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 Dryden.

      Muzzle sight. ( Gun. ) See Dispart, n., 2.

    2. Muzzle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muzzled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Muzzling] [F. museler.]
      1. 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.” Shak.

      Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Deut. xxv. 4.

      2. To fondle with the closed mouth. [Obs.] L'Estrange.

    3. Muzzle, v. i. To bring the mouth or muzzle near.

      The bear muzzles and smells to him. L'Estrange.