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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]