Webster 1913 Edition
The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.
The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge;
muzzleof a gun
A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
muzzlesall their mouths were bound
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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;“My dagger muzzled.”
as, the dictator.
muzzledall the newspapers
Thou shalt not
muzzlethe ox when he treadeth out the corn.
Deut. xxv. 4.
To fondle with the closed mouth.
To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
muzzlesand smells to him.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The mouth of a thing; the extreme or end for entrance or discharge; applied chiefly to the end of a tube, as the open end of a common fusee or pistol,or of a bellows.
2.A fastening for the mouth which hinders from biting.
With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound.
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Deut.25.
1.To fondle with the mouth close. [Low.]
2.To restrain from hurt.
My dagger muzzled--
The bear muzzles and smells to him.