- 1Wrap or cover for warmth: on a chair by the far wall, muffled in an absurd overcoatMore example sentences
wrap (up), swathe, enfold, envelop, cloak
- And so they came in Christmas, muffled up in furs and with mountains of luggage, and were pleasantly surprised.
- Partridge, however, does not recognize them, muffled up as they are at this time of night.
- They emerged from the darkness so muffled against the cold it was hard to tell if they were children or old, bent women.
- 1.1Cover or wrap up (a source of sound) to reduce its loudness: (as adjective muffled) the soft beat of a muffled drumMore example sentences
- At once, his body pressed me so hard into the seat that I couldn't move, his hands pinned my own down, and his lips covered mine, muffling me.
- She mouths to me, muffling the handset with her hand.
- That they were on muffled phone lines didn't help as Dunphy only twice became animated during his two-hour stint and that was when he had guests in the studio.
- 1.2Make (a sound) quieter or less distinct: his voice was muffledMore example sentences
- Fear becomes for her parents the permanent and muffled undertone of their life.
- Apart from elaborating the ongoing judicial usurpation on these issues, the conservative voice seems to have become muffled.
- Occasionally they would hear one of their loud, hooting cries echoing across the plain, muffled and distorted through the mist.
- 1.3Restrain or conceal (someone) with wrappings: the boy was bound and muffledMore example sentences
- I saw her for the first time, sitting in a chair, muffled and tied.
- The earth, so long muffled in the heavy, stained cloak of sinful mortality, shall be made fully alive.
- He was conveyed, gagged and muffled, to the Tower, where he was, through fear of death, compelled to sign his recantation.
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- A receptacle in a furnace or kiln in which things can be heated without contact with combustion products.More example sentences
- Samples were heated to 450 deg C in a muffle furnace overnight.
- Ash content was determined by combustion for 6 h at 500 deg C in a muffle furnace.
- However, in this case organic C was removed from the sand by muffle furnace, following an initial wash to remove particulate material.
late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a shortening of Old French enmoufler; the noun (mid 17th century) from Old French moufle 'thick glove'.