Meaning of muzzle by Wiktionary Dictionary
- Rhymes: -ʌzəl
- the protruding part of many animal's head which includes nose, mouth and jaws; snout
- the mouth or the end for entrance or discharge of a gun, pistol etc., that the bullet emerges from as opposed to the breech
- a device used to prevent animal from biting or eating, which is worn on its snout .
- ( chiefly Scotland ) a piece of the forward end of the plow-beam by which the traces are attached; bridle
- ( 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
- ( transitive ) To bind or confine animal's mouth by putting a muzzle, as to prevent it from eating or biting
- ( transitive, figuratively ) To restrain ( from speaking, expressing opinion or acting ); gag, silence
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To veil, mask, muffle
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To fondle with the closed mouth; to nuzzle
- ( intransitive ) To bring the muzzle or mouth near.
- 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.
- 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.
- Muzzle, v. i. To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
The bear muzzles and smells to him. L'Estrange.
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” ) .
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