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 for Muzzle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muzzle \Muz"zle\, v. 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."
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              Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out
              the corn.                             --Deut. xxv.
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     2. To fondle with the closed mouth. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muzzle \Muz"zle\, v. i.
     To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
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           The bear muzzles and smells to him.      --L'Estrange.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muzzle \Muz"zle\, n. [OE. mosel, OF. musel, F. museau muzzle or
     snout, LL. musellus, fr. musus, morsus. See Muse, v. i.,
     and cf. Morsel.]
     1. The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a
        horse; a snout.
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     2. The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge;
        as, the muzzle of a gun.
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     3. A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth
        of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
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              With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound
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     Muzzle sight. (Gun.) See Dispart, n., 2.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the open circular discharging end of a gun [syn: gun
           muzzle, 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, muzzle]
      v 1: fit with a muzzle; "muzzle the dog to prevent it from
           biting strangers" [ant: unmuzzle]
      2: prevent from speaking out; "The press was gagged" [syn:
         gag, muzzle]
      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, muzzle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  168 Moby Thesaurus words for "muzzle":
     Oregon boat, acoustic tile, antiknock, antlia, asphyxiate, baffler,
     bazoo, beak, beezer, bilbo, bill, bond, bonds, bottle up, bridle,
     bugle, camisole, censor, chains, chaps, choke, choke off, chops,
     clamp down on, collar, conk, cork, cork up, countenance,
     crack down on, crush, cuffs, cushion, damp, damp down, dampener,
     damper, deflate, dial, disarm, drown, dumbfound, embouchure,
     enchain, extinguish, face, features, fetter, gab, gag, gob, gyves,
     halter, hamper, hamstring, handcuff, handcuffs, hobble, hobbles,
     hog-tie, hold down, hopples, hush, hush-hush, hushcloth, irons,
     jaw, jaws, jowls, jump on, keep down, keep under, kill, kisser,
     knock out, leading strings, leash, lips, manacle, mandibles, map,
     maw, maxilla, mouth, muffle, muffler, mug, mush, mute, nares, neb,
     nib, nose, nostrils, nozzle, olfactory organ, oral cavity,
     paralyze, pecker, phiz, pillory, pour water on, premaxilla,
     proboscis, prostrate, puss, put down, put to silence, quash, quell,
     quench, quiet, quieten, quietener, reins, repress, restraint,
     restraints, rhinarium, rostrum, schnozzle, shackle, shush,
     shut down on, silence, silence cloth, silencer, sit down on,
     sit on, smash, smeller, smother, snoot, snout, soft pedal,
     soft-pedal, sordine, sordino, sound-absorbing material,
     soundproofing, soundproofing insulation, sourdine, squash, squelch,
     stanch, stifle, still, stocks, straightjacket, strait-waistcoat,
     straitjacket, strangle, stranglehold, strike dumb, stultify,
     subdue, suffocate, suppress, tether, throttle, trammel, trammels,
     trap, trunk, truss up, visage, yap, yoke

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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.)

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