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1muzzle

noun muz·zle \ˈmə-zəl\

: 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

Full Definition of MUZZLE

1
:  the projecting jaws and nose of an animal :  snout
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
:  the open end of an implement; especially :  the discharging end of a weapon
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Origin 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

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, rapier

Rhymes with MUZZLE

2muzzle

verb

: 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

muz·zledmuz·zling \ˈməz-liŋ, ˈmə-zə-\

Full Definition of MUZZLE

transitive verb
1
:  to fit with a muzzle
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>
muz·zler \-lər\ noun

Examples of MUZZLE

  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.

First Known Use of MUZZLE

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with MUZZLE

MUZZLING Defined for Kids

1muzzle

noun muz·zle \ˈmə-zəl\

Definition of MUZZLE for Kids

1
:  the nose and mouth of an animal (as a dog)
2
:  a covering for the mouth of an animal to prevent it from biting or eating
3
:  the open end of a gun from which the bullet comes out when the gun is fired

2muzzle

verb
muz·zledmuz·zling

Definition of MUZZLE for Kids

1
:  to put a muzzle on <You must muzzle your dog.>
2
:  to keep from free expression of ideas or opinions <The dictator muzzled the press.>

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