Definitions of baffle

  1. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires) of; " What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; " foil your opponent"
  2. a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
  3. check the emission of ( sound)
  4. be a mystery or bewildering to; " This beats me!"; " Got me-- I don't know the answer!"; " a vexing problem"; " This question really stuck me"
  5. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.
  6. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
  7. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart.
  8. To practice deceit.
  9. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds.
  10. A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture.
  11. A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and deflect them against the substance to be heated.
  12. A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
  13. A grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered more uniform in different parts of the cross section of the stream; - used in measuring the rate of flow, as by means of a weir.
  14. To bring the efforts of to nothing by placing difficulties in the way; hence, to hinder, foil, or check.
  15. To elude or defeat by artifice: to check or make ineffectual.
  16. To elude or defeat by artifice; frustrate.
  17. To defeat, foil, or frustrate; circumvent.
  18. To elude by artifice; to frustrate; to defeat: to contend in vain.
  19. To escape detection; to elude; to confound; to defeat.

Usage examples for baffle

  1. Every moment new changes and new showers of deceptions to baffle and distract him. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  2. Have I done aught to baffle myself? – The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete by George Meredith
  3. Moreover, if these tactics failed, the pace at which Star goes would easily baffle any pertinacious pursuit. – French and Oriental Love in a Harem by Mario Uchard
  4. They are easily killed by dogs, though, being expert climbers, they often baffle their enemies, clinging to the bark beyond their reach. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  5. He was like one who sails a race not only against hostile winds and tides, but also in strange waters where the shoals and rocks are unknown, and where invisible currents ceaselessly baffle his course. – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  6. The other half may baffle us to the end. – If You Don't Write Fiction by Charles Phelps Cushing
  7. Well, these things weren't manufactured to baffle people, any more than our devices generally are. – The Old Die Rich by Horace Leonard Gold
  8. But it was not too late to baffle them. – Quicksands by Adolph Streckfuss
  9. Many of his words baffle folk who speak Spanish as a birthright. – Their Son; The Necklace by Eduardo Zamacois
  10. The front baffle leads the gases through the forward portion of the tubes to a chamber beneath the drum or drums. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  11. What other poem contains so many thoughts that one instinctively remembers as having heard before, so many involved allusions that baffle the imagination of the keenest, and so much sound in so many words? – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc
  12. His mood was extremely complex; its analysis, I fear, may baffle us. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  13. Glanville was, as usual, alone: his countenance was less pale than it had been lately, and when I saw it brighten as I approached, I hoped, in the new happiness of my heart, that he might baffle both his enemy and his disease. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  14. This announcement threw the whole of the seamen into the utmost dismay, and then ensued a scene of confusion which would baffle all description. – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  15. They had a method of firing through the lock of any door that happened to be shut against them, which almost invariably had the effect of forcing it open; and such scenes were witnessed in the streets as baffle description. – Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade by William Surtees
  16. As the commander remarked to the captain, after the latter reached the bridge, he felt sure that the speed alone, which he was able to make in an emergency, would baffle any attempt to reach his hull. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  17. Once again was this young Englishman to baffle him. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson
  18. The ghost, I had sworn, should not baffle me another night. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  19. If he had been trying to baffle Gila he could have used no more effective method, for the point of her jokes seemed blunted. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. Can we baffle fate by refusing to heed its approaches? – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton