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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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 As for stopping power, the 400- to 525-grain bullets thrown by these rifles usually leave the muzzle at 2,000- to 2,400 fps carrying 4,000 to 6,000 ft.-lbs. of kinetic energy. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Stopping Rifle’," 3 July 2020 Off-camera, Hill instructed someone in her family to call the police as the woman continued yelling and pointing the muzzle of her weapon at the camera. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "‘She’s got the gun on me’: Video shows white woman pulling pistol on black mother, daughter in Michigan," 2 July 2020 And just moments later, Hill found herself in a suburban Detroit parking lot, staring into the muzzle of a pistol, as the woman aimed her weapon at Hill and yelled to move back. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "‘She’s got the gun on me’: Video shows white woman pulling pistol on black mother, daughter in Michigan," 2 July 2020 Editor Julian Chokkattu uses the Quick Fit muzzle which comes in many sizes and doesn't sit too tight. Medea Giordano, Wired, "Best Pet Supplies and Tips for Newly Adopted Cats and Dogs," 4 June 2020 By comparison, other cars seem to pop out of the muzzle like a cork on a string, but the Turbo is truly shot out of a gun. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Or Jaylan Butler, the East Illinois swimmer who found himself face down in the snow with the muzzle of a police officer’s gun on his head. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Colin Kaepernick and George Floyd: Two knees, two reactions, one issue," 30 May 2020 The rifling at the muzzle of my match rifle shows hardly any wear at all. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Is Your Rifle Barrel Shot Out?," 20 Feb. 2020 That’s 100 ft-lbs MORE than the .308 Win. kicks up at the muzzle. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ressa, who has worked for CNN and was one of Time magazine’s Persons of the Year in 2018, has accused the government of abusing its power and of using the law to muzzle dissent. NBC News, "Philippine journalist convicted of libel, given 6-year term," 15 June 2020 Supercomputers allow researchers to take a rational approach and aim to selectively muzzle proteins that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, needs for its life cycle. Jeremy Smith, The Conversation, "Scientists tap the world’s most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus," 3 June 2020 Countries slide gradually into authoritarianism as leaders curtail civil rights, demonize opposition groups and muzzle the press. Kristina Mani, The Conversation, "Using the military to quash protests can erode democracy – as Latin America well knows," 8 June 2020 Investors are spooked by China's move to clamp down on Hong Kong with a new security law designed to muzzle the pro-democracy movement. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global stocks plunge as tensions flare between Hong Kong and China," 22 May 2020 The White House is alleged to have also sought to muzzle their own top medical experts. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The coronavirus outbreak is making expertise great again," 9 Mar. 2020 Her institute finished gene-sequencing and related tests as early as January 2 but was muzzled. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "US officials sounded alarm about Wuhan lab years before coronavirus outbreak," 14 Apr. 2020 The New York Times reported on Thursday that Fauci had told colleagues the White House had instructed him not to speak without clearance, sparking fears that the White House had effectively muzzled leading government scientists. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump administration expands coronavirus travel ban to include Iran," 29 Feb. 2020 But Internet companies, business groups, and advertising groups countered that theproposal was an unfair way to pay for the education overhaul and was tantamount to muzzling advertisers. Washington Post, "Taxing digital ads could bring Maryland $250 million — and a hefty legal challenge," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of muzzle was in the 15th century

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2 Aug 2020

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“Muzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muzzle. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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muzzle

noun
How to pronounce muzzle (audio)

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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