Definition of baffle in English:


Line breaks: baf¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈbaf(ə)l


[with object]


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  • A device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, etc. or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction: you can cut out glare from a strip light by concealing it behind a baffle [as modifier]: a baffle plate
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    • In a second arrangement, the first gas supply opens into the central region above an upper baffle plate and the second gas supply opens into the periphery of a plenum between the upper baffle plate and a lower baffle plate.
    • Based on this data, we added baffles to optimize the light aperture within the spectrometer, thereby eliminating unnecessary rays while maximizing optical throughput.
    • Appropriately placed baffles ensure that the light is integrated by many bounces before it reaches the detector.



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  • This spread bafflement and gloom among atomic theorists, as described by Wolfgang Pauli.
  • The general reaction amongst my co-workers was sadly predictable, and could be best summed up as amused, incredulous bafflement.
  • His expressions change from confusion, to bafflement, to wonder.


late 16th century (in the sense 'cheat, deceive'): perhaps related to French bafouer 'ridicule' or obsolete French beffer 'mock, deceive'.

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