- the mouth, or end for discharge, of the barrel of a gun, pistol, etc.
- the projecting part of the head of an animal, including jaws, mouth, and nose.
- a device, usually an arrangement of straps or wires, placed over an animal's mouth to prevent the animal from biting, eating, etc.
- to put a muzzle on (an animal or its mouth) so as to prevent biting, eating, etc.
- to restrain from speech, the expression of opinion, etc.: The censors muzzled the press.
- Nautical. to attach the cable to the stock of (an anchor) by means of a light line to permit the anchor to be pulled loose readily.
Origin of muzzle
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Examples from the Web for muzzling
Muzzling in a flour-tub: running their heads into a tub of flour to fish out prizes.Tom Brown at Rugby
But office is regarded as a muzzling order, as far as I can make out.Scarlet and Hyssop
E. F. Benson
The muzzling regulations in Norwich were withdrawn in the last week in October.Norfolk Annals
I saw an experienced man get a thumb terribly lacerated while muzzling a wolf, yet he succeeded, and in an incredibly short time.Hunting in Many Lands
I am glad to say that during the Omdurman Campaign there was no attempt, within my knowledge, of muzzling the press.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
- the projecting part of the face, usually the jaws and nose, of animals such as the dog and horse
- a guard or strap fitted over an animal's nose and jaws to prevent it biting or eating
- the front end of a gun barrel
- to prevent from being heard or noticedto muzzle the press
- to put a muzzle on (an animal)
- to take in (a sail)
Word Origin and History for muzzling
late 14c., "device put over an animal's mouth to stop it from biting, eating, or rooting," from Old French musel "muzzle," also "snout, nose" (12c., Modern French museau), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout" (cf. Provençal mus, Old Spanish mus, Italian muso), of unknown origin, possibly related to Latin morsus "bite" (but OED finds "serious difficulties" with this). Meaning "projecting part of the head of an animal" is from early 15c. in English; sense of "open end of a firearm" first recorded 1560s.
"to put a muzzle on," early 15c., from muzzle (n.). Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Muzzled; muzzling.