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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements;
            filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his
            questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and
            confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she
            felt lost on the first day of school" [syn: befuddled,
             bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost,
             mazed, mixed-up, at sea]
      n : people who are frustrated and perplexed; "the children's
          faces clearly expressed the frustration of the baffled"