muzzle

noun
muz·​zle | \ ˈmə-zəl How to pronounce muzzle (audio) \

Definition of muzzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the projecting jaws and nose of an animal : snout
2a : a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting
b : something (such as censorship) that restrains normal expression
3 : the open end of an implement especially : the discharging end of a weapon

muzzle

verb
muzzled; muzzling\ ˈməz-​liŋ How to pronounce muzzling (audio) , ˈmə-​zə-​ \

Definition of muzzle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fit with a muzzle
2a : gag muzzled the regime's critics
b : restrain, restrict the Pentagon's efforts to muzzle press access— Joe Strupp the low prices muzzled competition

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Noun

muzzle 2a

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from muzzle

Verb

muzzler \ ˈməz-​lər How to pronounce muzzler (audio) , ˈmə-​zə-​ \ noun

Examples of muzzle in a Sentence

Verb

a dangerous dog that should be muzzled attempts by the government to muzzle the press The company has tried to muzzle its employees by forbidding them to speak to the press.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the wearer makes a fist, the plunger and muzzle are left slightly in front of the knuckles. Ian Mccollum, Popular Mechanics, "Forgotten Weapons: The Sedgley Glove Gun Really Packed a Punch," 28 Dec. 2015 Aggressive nature Neighbors of the two Hanover residents said the Staffordshire terrier was very aggressive and had to wear a muzzle. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Dog mauls mother and son to death, police suspect," 4 Apr. 2018 Then bathe the back, legs, stomach and tail, finishing with the top of the head and the muzzle. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to making bath time better for your dog," 4 May 2018 Heavy, bronze fore ends were added to give the muzzle extra weight, which supposedly makes the arm steadier and aim more true. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 The lessons, using unloaded or dummy guns, teach proper muzzle control and carries, for example. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In digital world, instructors work to keep human element in hunter safety program," 2 June 2018 And if an immediate escape isn't feasible, rangers suggest kicking or striking the bear's muzzle and face with whatever object is at hand. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Bear circled and swatted his beagle. Owner punched the bear in the nose, Michigan cops say," 29 May 2018 Each kit contains a small, medium and large mask, which are specifically designed to fit properly over a cat or dog muzzle - nose and mouth - should one experience smoke inhalation. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Olmsted Township receives pet oxygen masks: Olmsted Dates and Data," 2 Apr. 2018 The head wound had a partial muzzle imprint, according to the document. NBC News, "Autopsy confirms Sutherland Springs church gunman died by suicide," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It would be bought out and muzzled four years later. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Venezuela Media Mogul With Graft, Money Laundering," 20 Nov. 2018 My unrequited potential and growing resentment would be muzzled and shepherded into school events, charity work, Pilates, anorexia, and running, running, running. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 Yet for a century, the Turkish government has denied the tragedy and muzzled efforts to revisit it by coercing media companies and other governments to do the same. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Late Late Show’ Special and ‘Pass Over’," 23 Apr. 2018 Perdomo harnessed his delivery and muzzled the San Francisco lineup. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres rebound from early miscues in win over Giants," 29 Aug. 2017 Following those actions, Mr. Jones has argued that Silicon Valley is suppressing his First Amendment rights and trying to muzzle conservative viewpoints. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones After New Violations," 6 Sep. 2018 Now, pit bulls or even dogs that look like them must be muzzled and kept on short leases while out in public. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Montreal Has Officially Banned Pit Bulls — And It's Not the First City to Do It," 29 Sep. 2016 The decision against the Sharifs comes at a time of intensifying suspicion of military meddling in politics ahead of the July 25 polls, as well as media complaints that the press is being muzzled. NBC News, "Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison for corruption," 6 July 2018 The new ordinance now states a vicious animal must be muzzled and restrained by a leash or chain not exceeding 4 feet long when off premise. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pit bulls in Oconomowoc are no longer required to wear muzzles while off their owners' property," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of muzzle

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for muzzle

Noun

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

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muzzle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of muzzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

muzzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of muzzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

muzzle

noun
muz·​zle | \ ˈmə-zəl How to pronounce muzzle (audio) \

Kids Definition of muzzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

muzzle

verb
muzzled; muzzling

Kids Definition of muzzle (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

muzzle

noun
muz·​zle | \ ˈməz-əl How to pronounce muzzle (audio) \

Medical Definition of muzzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the projecting jaws and nose of an animal : snout
2 : a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting
muzzled; muzzling\ -​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce muzzling (audio) \

Medical Definition of muzzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fit with a muzzle

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