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muzzle

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noun muz·zle \ˈmə-zəl\

Simple Definition of muzzle

  • : the usually long nose and mouth of an animal (such as a dog, horse, or pig)

  • : a covering for the mouth of a dog that stops it from biting people

  • : the hole at the end of a gun where the bullet comes out

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of muzzle

  1. 1 :  the projecting jaws and nose of an animal :  snout

  2. 2 a :  a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting b :  something (as censorship) that restrains normal expression

  3. 3 :  the open end of an implement; especially :  the discharging end of a weapon

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Origin and Etymology of muzzle

Middle English mosel, from Middle French musel, from Old French *mus mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus


First Known Use: 15th century

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muzzle

verb muz·zle

Simple Definition of muzzle

  • : to put a muzzle on (a dog) : to place a covering on (the mouth of a dog) to stop biting

  • : to prevent (a person or group) from speaking or writing in a free or normal way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of muzzle

muzzled

muzzling

play \ˈməz-liŋ, ˈmə-zə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fit with a muzzle

  3. 2 a :  gag <muzzled the regime's critics> b :  restrain, restrict <the Pentagon's efforts to muzzle press access — Joe Strupp> <the low prices muzzled competition>

muzzler

play \-lər\ noun

Examples of muzzle in a sentence

  1. a dangerous dog that should be muzzled

  2. attempts by the government to muzzle the press

  3. The company has tried to muzzle its employees by forbidding them to speak to the press.



15th Century

First Known Use of muzzle

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with muzzle


MUZZLE Defined for Kids

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muzzle

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noun muz·zle \ˈmə-zəl\

Definition of muzzle for Students

  1. 1 :  the nose and mouth of an animal (as a dog)

  2. 2 :  a covering for the mouth of an animal to prevent it from biting or eating

  3. 3 :  the open end of a gun from which the bullet comes out when the gun is fired




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muzzle

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verb muz·zle

Definition of muzzle for Students

muzzled

muzzling

  1. 1 :  to put a muzzle on <You must muzzle your dog.>

  2. 2 :  to keep from free expression of ideas or opinions <The dictator muzzled the press.>




Medical Dictionary

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muzzle

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noun muz·zle \ˈməz-əl\

Medical Definition of muzzle

  1. 1:  the projecting jaws and nose of an animal :  snout

  2. 2:  a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting



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muzzle

transitive verb muz·zle

Medical Definition of muzzle

muzzled

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muzzling

\-(ə-)liŋ\play
  1. :  to fit with a muzzle




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