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Webster 1913 Edition


Muzzle

Muz′zle

,
Noun.
[OE.
mosel
, OF.
musel
, F.
museau
muzzle or snout, LL.
musellus
, fr.
musus
,
morsus
. See
Muse
,
Verb.
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
,
Noun.
, 2.

Muz′zle

,
Verb.
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.

Muz′zle

,
Verb.
I.
To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
The bear
muzzles
and smells to him.
L'Estrange.

Webster 1828 Edition


Muzzle

MUZ'ZLE

, n.
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.

MUZ'ZLE

,
Verb.
T.
To bind the mouth; to fasten the mouth to prevent biting or eating.
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--

MUZ'ZLE

,
Verb.
I.
To bring the mouth near.
The bear muzzles and smells to him.

Definition 2022


muzzle

muzzle

English

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

Noun

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.

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Verb

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

  1. (transitive) To bind or confine an animal's mouth by putting a muzzle, as to prevent it from eating or biting.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxv. 4
      Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To restrain (from speaking, expressing opinion or acting); gag, silence, censor.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To veil, mask, muffle.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To fondle with the closed mouth; to nuzzle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)
  5. (intransitive) To bring the muzzle or mouth near.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir R. L'Estrange
      The bear muzzles and smells to him.

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