baffle n : a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy [syn: baffle board]
1 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" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
2 hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, bilk]
3 check the emission of (sound) [syn: regulate]
- /bæfl/, /b
Baffle can refer to:
- Baffles (submarine)
- Sound baffle
- Baffle gate, which is a Turnstile
- Baffle (game show), a 1973 TV game show that was a revival of the 1960s PDQ game show
- All-Star Baffle, the 1974 version of the above game show, with a changed format.
- Cylinder baffle, in air-cooled engines, one of a set of guides or barriers intended to keep cooling air in contact with cylinder finning.
- Is on a franklin stove
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