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Meaning of baffle

baf•fle

Pronunciation: (baf'ul), [key]
— v., n. -fled, -fling,
—v.t.
  1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex: He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions.
  2. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
  3. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
  4. to equip with a baffle or baffles.
  5. to cheat; trick.
—v.i.
  1. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.
—n.
  1. something that balks, checks, or deflects.
  2. an artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of gases (as in a boiler), sounds (as in the loudspeaker system of a radio or hi-fi set), light (as in a darkroom), etc.
  3. any boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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