• (US, dialect, coal mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
  • An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
  • A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.

    "Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around."


  • (obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone). [16th-18th c.]
  • (intransitive) To struggle in vain. [from 19th c.]

    "A ship baffles with the winds."

  • (obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight. [16th-17th c.]
  • (now rare) To foil; to thwart. [from 17th c.]
  • To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex. [from 17th c.]

    "I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions."

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