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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even Larry Fitzgerald, on hand as a studio host, kept the muzzle on. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 The next day the muzzle came off and Buster and Sterling have been hanging out, happily, ever since. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021 The muzzle flashed as the rifle kicked back against his shoulder, hitting him in the same place where the bullet had years earlier. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2020 Brad Fiscus said his wife received a box in Amazon packaging containing a black dog muzzle at her office about a week before she was fired. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 Tennessee's top vaccination official, who says she was fired this week amid Republican lawmakers' disapproval of her promoting Covid-19 vaccines to teenagers, received a dog muzzle at work only days before her ouster. NBC News, 14 July 2021 Five weeks later, in a car, Kelley placed the muzzle of a gun against his wife’s temple during a dispute over his driving. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2021 In response to these complains, it is said, Winchester and other ammomakers began reducing .220 Swift muzzle velocities, but the barrel burner rumor mill wouldn’t stop churning. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 12 Mar. 2021 Muslim diaspora, worried that the charter would act as a muzzle for Muslims wanting to participate in political debates in France and their country of origin. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Veteran political experts said the Covid-19 crisis has tarnished Mr. Modi’s aura of invincibility and sparked the kind of vocal public criticism that his government has tried to muzzle in recent years. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 14 June 2021 For one, the idea that markets cheer the very intervention meant to muzzle the reality of markets defies basic common sense. John Tamny, Forbes, 13 June 2021 The team might have to muzzle him if fans are invited to training camp. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 The rhetoric is raising fears among activists that the label could be used as a new tool to muzzle dissent. New York Times, 6 May 2021 Regardless: There is nothing, no one and no social convention to muzzle you now. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 But some community organizers saw it differently, saying it was designed to muzzle dissent. CBS News, 16 Apr. 2021 China’s efforts to muzzle critics could backfire and keep people away, Mr. Piccone says. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2021 Yet by not using the tools available to a president, including public appearances or interviews for most of the past two months, Mr. Trump has in some ways chosen to muzzle himself. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muzzle. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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

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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