Usage examples for baffle

  1. 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.
  2. Every moment new changes and new showers of deceptions to baffle and distract him. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  3. The ghost, I had sworn, should not baffle me another night. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Can we baffle fate by refusing to heed its approaches? – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. Well, these things weren't manufactured to baffle people, any more than our devices generally are. – The Old Die Rich by Horace Leonard Gold
  10. Once again was this young Englishman to baffle him. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson
  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. 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
  14. 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
  15. Have I done aught to baffle myself? – The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete by George Meredith