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baf·fle

 (băf′əl)
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action: a patient whose condition baffled the physicians.
2. To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
n.
1. A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
2. A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.

[Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.]

baf′fle·ment n.
baf′fler n.

baffle

(ˈbæfəl)
vb (tr)
1. to perplex; bewilder; puzzle
2. to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc)
3. (Mechanical Engineering) to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
4. (Mechanical Engineering) to provide with a baffle
5. obsolete to cheat or trick
n
a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
[C16: perhaps from Scottish dialect bachlen to condemn publicly; perhaps related to French bafouer to disgrace]
ˈbafflement n
ˈbaffler n

baf•fle

(ˈbæf əl)

v. -fled, -fling,
n. v.t.
1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex.
2. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
3. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, gases, etc.).
4. Obs. to cheat; trick.
n.
5. something that balks, checks, or deflects.
6. an artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of sounds, light, gases, etc.
7. any boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
[1540–50; of uncertain orig.]
baf′fle•ment, n.
baf′fler, n.

baffle


Past participle: baffled
Gerund: baffling

Imperative
baffle
baffle
Present
I baffle
you baffle
he/she/it baffles
we baffle
you baffle
they baffle
Preterite
I baffled
you baffled
he/she/it baffled
we baffled
you baffled
they baffled
Present Continuous
I am baffling
you are baffling
he/she/it is baffling
we are baffling
you are baffling
they are baffling
Present Perfect
I have baffled
you have baffled
he/she/it has baffled
we have baffled
you have baffled
they have baffled
Past Continuous
I was baffling
you were baffling
he/she/it was baffling
we were baffling
you were baffling
they were baffling
Past Perfect
I had baffled
you had baffled
he/she/it had baffled
we had baffled
you had baffled
they had baffled
Future
I will baffle
you will baffle
he/she/it will baffle
we will baffle
you will baffle
they will baffle
Future Perfect
I will have baffled
you will have baffled
he/she/it will have baffled
we will have baffled
you will have baffled
they will have baffled
Future Continuous
I will be baffling
you will be baffling
he/she/it will be baffling
we will be baffling
you will be baffling
they will be baffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baffling
you have been baffling
he/she/it has been baffling
we have been baffling
you have been baffling
they have been baffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baffling
you will have been baffling
he/she/it will have been baffling
we will have been baffling
you will have been baffling
they will have been baffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baffling
you had been baffling
he/she/it had been baffling
we had been baffling
you had been baffling
they had been baffling
Conditional
I would baffle
you would baffle
he/she/it would baffle
we would baffle
you would baffle
they would baffle
Past Conditional
I would have baffled
you would have baffled
he/she/it would have baffled
we would have baffled
you would have baffled
they would have baffled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baffle - a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
diffuser, diffusor - baffle that distributes sound waves evenly
plate - a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
Verb1.baffle - be a mystery or bewildering tobaffle - 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"
stump, mix up - cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her"
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
elude, escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
2.baffle - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) ofbaffle - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
disappoint, let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
dash - destroy or break; "dashed ambitions and hopes"
short-circuit - hamper the progress of; impede; "short-circuit warm feelings"
ruin - destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
3.baffle - check the emission of (sound)
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

baffle

verb puzzle, beat (slang), amaze, confuse, stump, bewilder, astound, elude, confound, perplex, disconcert, mystify, flummox, boggle the mind of, dumbfound An apple tree producing square fruit is baffling experts.
puzzle explain, interpret, clarify, spell out, clear up, make plain, elucidate, explicate, shed or throw light upon

baffle

verb
To prevent from accomplishing a purpose:
Informal: cross, stump.
Translations
يُحيّـر ، يُربك
vyvést z míryzmást
forvirre
déconcerterécran acoustique
zavarba ejt
vera/gera ráîòrota/hlessa
suglumintisunkiai išaiškinamassutrikdyti
mulsinātsamulsināt
zbegati
afallatmakşaşırtmak

baffle

[ˈbæfl]
A. VT
1. (= perplex) → desconcertar
at times you baffle mea veces me desconciertas
the problem baffles meel problema me tiene perplejo, no le veo solución alguna al problema
the police are baffledla policía está desconcertada or perpleja
2. (frm) (= frustrate) [+ progress] → impedir; [+ plan, attempt] → frustrar
it baffles descriptiones imposible describirlo
B. N (also baffle board, baffle plate) → deflector m (Rad) → pantalla f acústica

baffle

[ˈbæfəl] vt (= puzzle) → laisser perplexe

baffle

vt
(= confound, amaze)verblüffen; (= cause incomprehension)vor ein Rätsel stellen; a baffled lookein verdutzter Blick; the police are baffleddie Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel; it really baffles me how …es ist mir wirklich ein Rätsel, wie …; a case that baffled all the expertsein Fall, der den Experten Rätsel aufgab; this one’s got me baffledich stehe vor einem Rätsel
(Tech) sounddämpfen
n (also baffle plate: Aut) → Umlenkblech nt

baffle

[ˈbæfl] vt (puzzle) → lasciare perplesso/a, confondere
it baffles me how she does it → non riesco a capire come faccia

baffle

(ˈbӕfl) verb
to puzzle (a person). I was baffled by her attitude towards her husband.
baffling adjective
a baffling crime.
References in classic literature ?
There's a riddle now might baffle all the lawyers backed by the ghosts of the whole line of judges: --like a hawk's beak it pecks my brain.
Sympathies, I believe, exist (for instance, between far-distant, long-absent, wholly estranged relatives asserting, notwithstanding their alienation, the unity of the source to which each traces his origin) whose workings baffle mortal comprehension.
The disguise had evidently been complete enough even to baffle the penetration of Mrs.
After that, I fell among those thieves, the nine figures, who seemed every evening to do something new to disguise themselves and baffle recognition.
He set out at full speed; but he started too late, and was further delayed by a strong wind which the Fairy raised behind the young couple so as to baffle any pursuit.
The support of a navy and of naval wars would involve contingencies that must baffle all the efforts of political arithmetic.
But I shall baffle this fiend or monster, for I shall tie my hands to the wheel when my strength begins to fail, and along with them I shall tie that which He, It, dare not touch.
This would be sure to baffle the Alexandrian editors.
They tried in every way to blind and baffle them; to steal a march upon them, or lead them on a wrong scent; but all in vain.
If he could have once placed me in a ridiculous or mortifying position, he would have forgiven me much, but I was guarded by three faculties--Caution, Tact, Observation; and prowling and prying as was Edward's malignity, it could never baffle the lynx-eyes of these, my natural sentinels.
She resolved to keep her place beside that door, trusting to her wits to baffle all dangerous chances that might arise.
He opened chests and cupboards, such as did not baffle his small experience, and in these he found the contents much better preserved.