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 muzzle (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

Other Words from muzzle

Verb

muzzler \ ˈməz-​lər How to pronounce muzzle (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The muzzle flashes were recorded on surveillance video from a business across the street. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 Like the Abrams, the K2PL is also equipped with a 120-millimeter main gun, though the gun barrel is slightly longer to impart a greater muzzle velocity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2022 Vibrissae are deeply embedded in the skin around the muzzle and are high in touch-sensitive neurons. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2022 The video appears to show a muzzle flash from Thompson’s handgun. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2022 The muzzle of a gun, in the hand of a man who appears to be a Ukrainian soldier, emits a bright flash. Joyce Sohyun Lee, Jon Swaine And Miriam Berger, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 However, its distinctive and exaggerated short muzzle, protruding lower jaw and stocky body shape has been linked with several serious health and welfare issues, including breathing problems, skin and ear diseases and eye disorders. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 15 June 2022 Soldiers adjust the range by raising or lowering the muzzle of the mortar tube, giving the shell a higher or lower trajectory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2022 The muzzle of a gun, in the hand of a man who appears to be a Ukrainian soldier, emits a bright flash. Joyce Sohyun Lee, Jon Swaine And Miriam Berger, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bobb also worked with Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan to muzzle media coverage of the audit, proposing in emails non-disclosure agreements for the media to sign. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2022 Despite all these virtues, the mask has also been vilified as a symbol of unthinking obedience to authority and a tool to muzzle children and stifle dissent. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Now Republican legislators and conservative groups are doubling down their efforts to muzzle activist CEOs. Corinne Post, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Seconds later, there were muzzle flashes, as Saavedra-Soto fired his gun. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Seeking to muzzle him will inevitably be viewed by those supporters as a power grab — a partisan act of manipulating the rules to benefit his opponents. Damon Linker, The Week, 26 Apr. 2022 Then there were what appeared to be muzzle flashes from vehicles, followed by nearly simultaneous explosions in surrounding buildings. chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2022 Across the country, the authorities have moved to muzzle those who might speak out while the spotlight is on China. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 The board proposed banning parents and other residents from criticizing school staff, a move the union called an attempt to muzzle parents, other residents and school employees. Don Stacom, courant.com, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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2 Oct 2022

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“Muzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muzzle. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for muzzle

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

muzzle

transitive verb
muzzled; muzzling\ -​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce muzzle (audio) \

Medical Definition of muzzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fit with a muzzle

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