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 Previous SlideNext Slide Another complicating factor is how blood droplets in backward scatter are affected by the gas that escapes the muzzle of a gun as it is fired. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists now have even better models for blood spatter from gunshot wounds," 29 Aug. 2019 The parts -- sights, stocks, muzzles, buffer kits and grips -- arrived in three shipments and had a combined value of more than $378,000, US Customs and Border Protection said Thursday in a news release. Jason Hanna And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "US seizes 52,000 gun parts illegally imported from China to California," 24 Aug. 2019 As a dog ages, several changes may occur besides a greying muzzle. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: The signs of an aging dog," 1 Sep. 2019 Secured housing and restraints like a leash and muzzle when the dog is walked are required. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Marley, dog greeter at Ski World Orlando, could be dubbed ‘dangerous’ by Orange County after biting woman’s face," 11 Sep. 2019 Roll two 1/8-inch balls of black; press onto face to make muzzle. Megan Fulweiler, Woman's Day, "Black Cat Clay Decorations," 9 Sep. 2019 The second, published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, examines how gases propelled from a gun muzzle at firing can affect the distribution of blood spatter and gunshot residue (GSR). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists now have even better models for blood spatter from gunshot wounds," 29 Aug. 2019 The sheriff's statement says what appeared to be injuries to the snout area were from a muzzle the owners used to keep the dog from chewing things and attacking other animals. chicagotribune.com, "Ohio dog owner faked story of abused pup to get free vet care, police say," 27 Aug. 2019 And, in some cases, a shelter might require a muzzle. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Earthquake preparedness tips — for your pets: How to keep them safe," 13 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the Trump administration is accused of muzzling climate science. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 Her throat had been slashed and she had been muzzled with duct tape. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "‘All a Hoax’: Person Who Claimed to Rescue Dog With Slit Throat Was Actually Owner, Police Allege," 28 Aug. 2019 The new leader outlawed opposition parties, muzzled reporters and sent soldiers to attack political protests. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Dawda Jawara, Founding Father of Gambia, Dies at 95," 4 Sep. 2019 If the scenario does surface in October, Game 1 will be played at Yankee Stadium because Los Angeles was muzzled this weekend. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers lose series finale to opportunistic Yankees in duel of MLB goliaths," 25 Aug. 2019 The Washington Post this week detailed how federal health officials muzzled government experts who might contradict the president’s mental health claims in his Aug. 5 speech. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: As Trump stumbles, Democrats should lead on gun reform," 22 Aug. 2019 The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. oregonlive.com, "Kashmir, nexus of conflict between nuclear antagonists India and Pakistan, faces crackdown, plunges into fear," 5 Aug. 2019 Critics say Erdogan has politicized the judiciary to target opponents and muzzled once-vibrant free media. Laura King, latimes.com, "How will Turkey’s authoritarian president react to opposition’s big win in Istanbul mayoral race?," 24 June 2019 As his star rose, a creative and legal dispute between his team and his previous label left Lloyd musically muzzled, unable to release any new tracks. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Q&A: Dennis Lloyd on bringing his trumpet and break-up bangers to the Taste of Randolph," 14 June 2019

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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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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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