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BAFFLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does baffle mean? 

BAFFLE (noun)
  The noun BAFFLE has 1 sense:

1. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

  Familiarity information: BAFFLE used as a noun is very rare.


BAFFLE (verb)
  The verb BAFFLE has 3 senses:

1. be a mystery or bewildering to
2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
3. check the emission of (sound)

  Familiarity information: BAFFLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BAFFLE (noun)


Sense 1baffle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

baffle; baffle board

Hypernyms ("baffle" is a kind of...):

plate (a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "baffle"):

diffuser; diffusor (baffle that distributes sound waves evenly)


BAFFLE (verb)


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Meaning:

Be a mystery or bewildering to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

puzzle; perplex; nonplus; mystify; flummox; dumbfound; bewilder; baffle; stupefy; amaze; gravel; vex; pose; stick; beat; get

Context examples:

This beats me! / Got me--I don't know the answer! / a vexing problem / This question really stuck me

Hypernyms (to "baffle" is one way to...):

bedevil; befuddle; confound; confuse; discombobulate; fox; fuddle; throw (be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "baffle"):

mix up; stump (cause to be perplexed or confounded)

riddle (set a difficult problem or riddle)

elude; escape (be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will baffle him
The good news will baffle her
The performance is likely to baffle Sue


Sense 2baffle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

scotch; queer; frustrate; thwart; foil; bilk; baffle; cross; spoil

Context examples:

What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge / foil your opponent

Hypernyms (to "baffle" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "baffle"):

disappoint; let down (fail to meet the hopes or expectations of)

dash (destroy or break)

short-circuit (hamper the progress of; impede)

ruin (destroy or cause to fail)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3baffle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Check the emission of (sound)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

baffle; regulate

Hypernyms (to "baffle" is one way to...):

bound; confine; limit; restrain; restrict; throttle; trammel (place limits on (extent or access))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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