Definitions of baffle

  1. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. check the emission of (sound) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To practice deceit. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To bring the efforts of to nothing by placing difficulties in the way; hence, to hinder, foil, or check. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To elude or defeat by artifice: to check or make ineffectual. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To elude or defeat by artifice; frustrate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To defeat, foil, or frustrate; circumvent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To elude by artifice; to frustrate; to defeat: to contend in vain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To escape detection; to elude; to confound; to defeat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. baf'fl, v.t. to check or make ineffectual: (obs.) to cheat, hoodwink, bewilder, bring to nought: (obs.) to disgrace publicly.--ns. BAF'FLE (obs.), confusion, check; BAF'FLER, a bewilderer, confounder.--TO BAFFLE OUT OF (obs.), to juggle out of anything. [Prob. Scotch and connected with bauchle; but cf. Fr. beffler, from O. Fr. befe, mockery. Paul Meyer suggests a derivation from Prov. baf, interj. of disdain.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. Foil, reduce to perplexity, bar progress of, (person, curiosity, faculties, efforts, ship); baffling winds, variable, preventing a straight course. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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