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

  Muffle \Muf"fle\, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.]
     To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muffle \Muf"fle\, n. [F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the
     resemblance in shape. See Muffle, v. t., Muff.]
     1. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is
        muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
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     2. (Metal.) An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped
        like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects
        heated from the direct action of the fire, as in
        scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.
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     3. (Ceramics) A small oven for baking and fixing the colors
        of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the
        pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.
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     4. A pulley block containing several sheaves. --Knight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muffle \Muf"fle\ (m[u^]f"f'l), n.
     The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp.
     of ruminants.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muffle \Muf"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muffled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Muffling.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel
     a muff. See Muff.]
     1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to
        wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds;
        hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to
        inclose; -- often with up. --South.
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              The face lies muffled up within the garment.
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              He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden.
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              Muffled up in darkness and superstition.
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     2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound
        about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
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     3. To wrap or fit with something that dulls or deadens the
        sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that
        part of an oar which rests in the rowlock; to muffle the
        exhaust of a motor vehicle.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low
      v 1: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger";
           "strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, stifle, strangle,
           muffle, repress]
      2: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn:
         muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  128 Moby Thesaurus words for "muffle":
     acoustic tile, antiknock, antlia, apply to, baffle, baffler, beak,
     beezer, bill, black out, blanket, block, bugle, bundle up, canopy,
     censor, choke, choke off, cloak, clothe, cloud, conceal, conk,
     cope, cover, cover up, cowl, curtain, cushion, damp, dampen,
     dampener, damper, deaden, deafen, dull, dumbfound, eclipse, enfold,
     enshroud, envelop, film, gag, hap, hood, hugger-mugger, hush,
     hush up, hush-hush, hushcloth, kill, lay on, lay over, mantle,
     mask, mellow, muffle up, muffler, mute, muzzle, nares, neb, nib,
     nose, nostrils, nozzle, obduce, obscure, occult, olfactory organ,
     overlay, overspread, pecker, proboscis, protect, put on,
     put to silence, quash, quiet, quieten, quietener, repress,
     rhinarium, rostrum, schnozzle, screen, scum, shield, shroud, shush,
     shut down on, silence, silence cloth, silencer, sit on, smeller,
     smother, snoot, snout, soft pedal, soft-pedal, soften, sordine,
     sordino, sound-absorbing material, soundproofing,
     soundproofing insulation, sourdine, spread over, squash, squelch,
     stifle, still, stop, strangle, strike dumb, subdue, superimpose,
     superpose, suppress, swaddle, swathe, throttle, tone down, trunk,
     veil, wrap, wrap up

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