baffling


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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.

baffling

(ˈbæflɪŋ)
adj
impossible to understand; perplexing; bewildering; puzzling
ˈbafflingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.baffling - making great mental demandsbaffling - making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

baffling

Translations
مُحيّـر ، مُربك
záhadný
forbløffendeuforståelig
elképesztõ
óskiljanlegur
afallatıcışaşırtıcı

baffling

[ˈbæflɪŋ] ADJ [action] → incomprensible, desconcertante; [crime] → misterioso; [problem] → dificilísimo

baffling

[ˈbæflɪŋ] adj (= bewildering) → déroutant(e) (= puzzling) → troublant(e)
His decision to remain in Germany was baffling to his scientific friends and colleagues abroad
BUT Sa décision de rester en Allemagne rendait perplexes ses amis et ses collègues à l'étranger.

baffling

adj caserätselhaft; complexityverwirrend; mysteryunergründlich; questionverblüffend; I find it bafflinges ist mir ein Rätsel

baffling

[ˈbæflɪŋ] adjsconcertante

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 ?
Heart-smitten at this bewildering and baffling spell, that so often came between herself and her sole treasure, whom she had bought so dear, and who was all her world, Hester sometimes burst into passionate tears.
The natural thing for the officer to do, in this case, was to follow straight on my heels; he would find a stout oaken door, securely locked, be- tween him and me; before he could break it down, I should be far away and engaged in slipping into a suc- cession of baffling disguises which would soon get me into a sort of raiment which was a surer protection from meddling law-dogs in Britain than any amount of mere innocence and purity of character.
This, spoken in a cool, tranquil tone, was mortifying and baffling enough.
We laid her head for the nearest port in Spanish America, for we could not risk the voyage home without fresh hands; and as it was, what with baffling winds and a couple of fresh gales, we were all worn out before we reached it.
And so, having undertaken to give telephone service, they presently found themselves battling with the most intricate and baffling engineering problem of modern times--the construction around the tele- phone of such a mechanism as would bring it into universal service.
Let us make a foray upon the dominions of that noisy barbarian, a great raid from Finisterre to Hatteras, catching his fishermen unawares, baffling the fleets that trust to his power, and shooting sly arrows into the livers of men who court his good graces.
Well then, a thousand francs a month," she rejoined instantly, while her baffling green shade continued to cover her attitude.
I'm suspectible," said Fisher, either with simplicity or with a baffling irony.
Ezza studied her with a gaze equally intense and far more baffling.
Again and again we turned from one door to another, from the baffling golden panel at one end of the chamber to its mate at the other--equally baffling.
But how to reach them, now that I had found the only vulnerable spot in their mighty prison, was still a baffling riddle.
The boats, and trains, and cows and horses were quite meaningless to him, but not quite so baffling as the odd little figures which appeared beneath and between the colored pictures--some strange kind of bug he thought they might be, for many of them had legs though nowhere could he find one with eyes and a mouth.