Baf·fle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baffled (-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Baffling ]
1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight. [Obs.]
He by the heels him hung upon a tree,
And baffled so, that all which passed by
The picture of his punishment might see. --Spenser.
2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim. --Cowper.
3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart. “A baffled purpose.”
A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all. --South.
Calculations so difficult as to have baffled, until within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened nations. --Prescott.
The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us. --Locke.
Baffling wind Naut., one that frequently shifts from one point to another.
Syn: -- To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.
Baf·fle, v. i.
1. To practice deceit. [Obs.]
2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. [R.]
1. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [R.] “A baffle to philosophy.”
2. Engin. (a) 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. (b) 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.
2. Coal Mining A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine. [Local, U. S.]
n : a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or
energy [syn: baffle board]
v 1: 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" [syn: perplex, vex, stick,
get, puzzle, mystify, beat, pose, bewilder,
flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
2: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing
September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, queer,
spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, bilk]
3: check the emission of (sound) [syn: regulate]