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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.
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A baffler, Sir, a baffler, that's all,' returned Dick.
For example, in the Commonwealth trawl sectors, all fishing vessels must use seabird mitigation devices such as bird bafflers, sprayers, or pinkies with offal management in place, as well as having mandatory Seabird Management Plans for each vessel to reduce risks posed to seabirds.
30) provided one of last year's broadcasting bafflers.
The questions are really easy and aimed at all ages, so there are no brain bafflers.
Thanks, John - and also to all of the readers who have written in with questions and bafflers throughout the year.
Note: The explanations for the Body Bafflers are found in the Background section of the Teaching Notes.
Recent Bafflers have given us Stephen Duncombe's social history of the Cadillac ("The Penalty of Leadership"), Matt Roth's foray into the world of Amway ("Dreams Incorporated") and Doug Henwood's debunking of small business ("A Question of Size").
This time the Bafflers are mad as hell about the way record-business executives have commodified alternative rock--packaging something that seems like oppositional music and selling it to disaffected youth.
Send your Ask-Sams and Sam Bafflers to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
Let the Bafflers have the last word on the death of art and the avant-garde: "In a time when the 'cutting edge' has become a powerful tool for medioritization, we dedicate ourselves to its blunting.
Send your Ask Sams and Sam Bafflers, you must be able to prove your answer, to: Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.
Send your Ask-Sams and Sam Bafflers (you must be able to prove your answer) to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.