muz·zle /ˈməzəl/ 名詞
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.
Muz·zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muzzled p. pr. & vb. n. Muzzling ]
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.”
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. --Deut. xxv. 4.
2. To fondle with the closed mouth. [Obs.]
Muz·zle, v. i. To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
The bear muzzles and smells to him. --L'Estrange.
n 1: the open circular discharging end of a gun [syn: gun muzzle]
2: forward projecting part of the head of certain animals;
includes the jaws and nose
3: a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout
(especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from
eating or biting
4: restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or
shouting [syn: gag]
v 1: fit with a muzzle; "muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting
2: prevent from speaking out; "The press was gagged" [syn: gag]
3: tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them;
"The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a
chair" [syn: gag]
Grain in the East is usually thrashed by the sheaves being
spread out on a floor, over which oxen and cattle are driven to
and fro, till the grain is trodden out. Moses ordained that the
ox was not to be muzzled while thrashing. It was to be allowed
to eat both the grain and the straw (Deut. 25:4). (See AGRICULTURE.)