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Definitions of baffle

  1. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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.
  4. To elude or defeat by artifice: to check or make ineffectual. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To elude or defeat by artifice; frustrate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To practice deceit. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  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

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Usage examples for baffle

  1. He was like one who sails a race not only against hostile winds and tides, but also in strange waters where the shoals and rocks are unknown, and where invisible currents ceaselessly baffle his course. – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  2. Every moment new changes and new showers of deceptions to baffle and distract him. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
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