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Meaning of muzzle

muz•zle

Pronunciation: (muz'ul), [key]
— n., v., -zled, -zling.
—n.
  1. the mouth, or end for discharge, of the barrel of a gun, pistol, etc.
  2. the projecting part of the head of an animal, including jaws, mouth, and nose. See diag. under
  3. a device, usually an arrangement of straps or wires, placed over an animal's mouth to prevent the animal from biting, eating, etc.
—v.t.
  1. to put a muzzle on (an animal or its mouth) so as to prevent biting, eating, etc.
  2. to restrain from speech, the expression of opinion, etc.: The censors muzzled the press.
  3. to attach the cable to the stock of (an anchor) by means of a light line to permit the anchor to be pulled loose readily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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